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Virus Protection Advice

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#1 Heyoldman


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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:50 PM

I need something that will protect me when i'm surfing the web, what would you guys recommend and could yah make it free?

Mod Edit: Moved Topic to more approprite forum ~ Animal

Edited by Animal, 20 March 2006 - 09:08 PM.

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#2 Animal


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Posted 20 March 2006 - 09:15 PM


There are several lists of products compiled by Bleeping Computer members.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 12:47 AM

If you do not have a resident, automatically updating anti-virus ap get AVG freeware:


or (you can use only ONE)

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Then download, install and update the following anti-malware aps:

Anti-malware freeware
(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)

Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware
Click on Adaware SE Personal in “Products” on the left side of the page
Or it may be easier to find it here:

Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion. (absolutely necessary)

Microsoft Windows Defender
This also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)

SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

A˛ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

If you think your computer might be infected use the following web based scans using Internet Explorer only:

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these as they require ActiveX to function.)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

Panda Activescan

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

online trojan scans here -

Windows Security Trojanscan
See instructions for it here:

One scan that will work with Mozilla based browsers:
Trend Micro antivirus European Edition (supports Mozilla based browsers)

It's a good idea to put the scans in your favorites folder for future use even if you do not need them now.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:13 AM

SANDBOXIE is a freebie programme that purports to put into a sandbox, or a quarantine box, everything that a surfer encounters on his travels across the Internet. Aparently, when the surfer closes down, everything in the box miraculously disappears. Viruses and malware etc are stopped from getting into the computer's innards. I downloaaded it from www.sandboxie.com but chickened out when I saw that it had sandboxed a seemingly essential file. So I removed SANDBOXIE. But was I too timid? Should I have persevered? If SANDBOXIE really does what it is supposed to do, perhaps every surfer should have it. Has anyone used it? Does anyone use it?

Best wishes. whatapalaver

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:47 AM

Don't forget a firewall... SyGate Personal Free Edition (I personally use)
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