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#1 coolum

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 06:42 PM

I am confused as what pograms I should download. I am with AOl(even though I use Internet Explorer the most of teh time0 and have their free Mcafee security center running on my computer, but I also have other numerous protection programs running and I am unsure which ones are best. They are:

1. Windows firewall
2.SPF firewall
3.Sygate Firewall
4.Spybot
5.AVG anti virus
6.Stand Alone Anti virus(Removal tools)

My AOL security Center is on as well as all the above software and I know I have too many protection programs running , but I am confused at which ones are best.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 07:25 PM

You could have problem with you computer running more than one firewall and antivirus. I prefer using stand alone antivirus/firewall programs. I have not had good luck with security suites. I run AVG and SyGate.
As far as antispyware I have not seen a computer with too much antispyware. I run and recommend a whloe lot of it. I take it one step further, and recommend installing the online and remval software before the infection. It is very difficukt to install software once infected.
My recommendation? Remove all the AOL antivirus firewall, and Antispyware suite. Turn off Windows firewall. Keep and update AVG, SyGate free, and the following antispyware.


Antispyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
Spybot Tutorial
AdAware SE Personal Edition Tutorial
SpyBlaster Tutorial
SpywareGuard Tutorial

Trojan Removal Tool
Ewido Anti-Malware After a 14 day trial it will not scan automaticily(2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only
F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer Only
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 07:54 PM

Thanks acklan, I'll give it a go.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 12:43 AM

I would dump all of AOL's gunk, and stick with Sygate Personal Firewall and AVG. Having more than one firewall running at the same time can cause major operating systems conflicts. As usual, I find myself in complete agreement with Acklan's recommendations.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 01:03 AM

I usually don't get caught in the American Off Line argument, but now that John brings it up... I will agree, go with a pure ISP. One that is local or regional. Less money and headaches.
Check with your local cable and teleco. Around here you can get 256kbs download for $25/month.
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