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How Reliable Is Avast


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#1 kelton_b

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 06:54 PM

My bro-inlaw and my sister are getting DSL out to there place and they just bought a brand new computer on monday. I told them I would put some security on the there computer for them when they get it tomarrow (Thursday) and I was going to put
-Avast AntiVirus, Ad-Aware, CCleaner, Spybot S&D, Hijack This
Now avast has help my find viruses on my old 98 but now my 98 is slowing down and avast cant find anything. I have it on my (this) computer and I think Im protected. But at my house were running on dial up. So I was thinking can avast only bre affective on dial up and will DSL be too fast for it at my sisters house. And out of these programs that I'll put on her computer, do you think there should be another important one.

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 07:08 PM

Whether on DSL or dial-up, an anti-virus functions the same way and connextion speed does not change its functionality. If you have had good experience with Avast (it doesn't find anything on your hard drive so it must be working) then install it on theirs and show them how to use it.
I would definitely install (on any computer, but especially on those using DSL) a good software firewall, and turn off the one included in the XP operating system. ZoneAlarm and Sygate both work well.
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Posted 22 February 2006 - 07:58 PM

I would also add:
aČ free - a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. aČ fills this gap.
ewido security suite - offers protection against urgently growing threats like Trojans, Worms, Dialers, Hijackers, Spyware and Keyloggers.
Spywareblaster - A good program that prevents spyware from being installed on your computer in the first place. This program is always running in the background, protecting your computer. It prevents the installation of bad active X controls found in web pages.
SpywareGuard - A nice compliment to SpywareBlaster. This allows you the option to prevent downloads that contain bad active X controls.

When installing ewido security suite, under Additional Options uncheck:
Install background guard
Install scan via context menu

Helpful Tutorials:
Using Spybot S&D
Using Ad-Aware SE
Using SpywareBlaster
Using SpywareGuard
Using Ewido
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Posted 24 February 2006 - 09:14 AM

I have found a problem of late with antivirus programs. Too many. With online portals giving away antivirus, like Yahoo, AOL, Cox Cable, and more, I am finding more and more users having two and three antivirus programs on thier computers. This is a bad thing. The users seem to think that it is OK and don't look at it like the traditional antivirus that you have to select rather than being servered up to you. If some how you have 2 antivirus or more on your computer that will be your problem. At best it will slow your computer, at worst lock it up.
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Posted 24 February 2006 - 01:08 PM

I completely agree with Acklan on this. Many ISPS or portals will offer bundled security services (not in inself a bad thing) and these may duplicate, overlap functionality, or at the worse, harm your operating system. Lulled into a false sense of security, moreover, users may not have every application necessary to be secure.
It may be a little more time-consuming and challenging in the near run, but taking ownship over what is running on your computer, and making the best choices of available products, will over time, make for a more informed user and a safer computer.
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