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#1 Osiris

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 09:31 PM

Ill start by saying my apologeze if this is the wrong forum for this topic.

I was personally wonder if it is true that you do not need anything on your computer then what it comes with. The reason i'm saying this is one of my friends brother in law is suppose to be good with computers and had told him you don't need any a bunch of spyware removal or a bunch of antivirus or firewalls, etc. If someone could clear this up because to me this does not sound right at all.
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 11:26 PM

If your friends Brother-in-law is saying not to use any Spyware/Virus protection, in my opinion he's a VERY uninformed individual.
Look at some of the logs posted in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum, and you can see for yourself what happens when your computer isn't properly protected.
Your friends Brother-in-law is an accident just waiting to happen (if it hasn't happened already). :thumbsup:

The only time this would be an option is if you're not ever connected to the internet.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 12:22 AM

If he means you do not have to pay for quality security programs then he is right. We have a list of tried & true security program and the users who can advise you on there benefits.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 07:06 AM

The firewall and anti-virus apps you get with a computer are usually trial versions and you'll have to buy the full version after the trial time runs out. I usually get rid of them directly and buy my prefered anti-virus/firewall/anti-spyware or use some of the freeware replacements Acklan linked to.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 09:32 AM

Absolutly with the guys on this. If, you do not have anything in terms of Anti-Spyware/Mal-ware on your system, go straight to the link acklan pointed to.
If your friends brother-in-law states otherwise, for your own benefit, tell him what we have told you and download somthing to protect your system. With all the free programmes out there today to help beat malware, it baffels me why so so many do not bother in protecting there systems.
An anti-virus is not enough, so get protected Osiris! :thumbsup:
And well done on asking this question, its a shame more people dont. If they did,maybe the battle against malware would be more in our control than it is.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 10:02 AM

Be sure you remove your current antivirus software prior to install and using a different antivirus program. Running two or more antivirusprograms can caue conflicts on your computer. That includes antivirusprograms provided by portals like Yahoo or AOL.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 04:56 PM

Thanks for clearing this up guys. I do have protection on my computer i have a freeware anti-virus because the 90day norton trial is up and i have a freeware firewall :thumbsup: i still have my norton on my computer should i remove it or keep it i usualy keep it to see what status my computer is in i would name of the names of the programs i have on my computer but i am not home. I figured this was wrong to begin with because the computer he fixed for someone had alot of spyware and so on slowing it down and messing with it and he mentioned the problem was to much software and anti-virus. I can see more then one anti-virus beings a problem but i dont understand it he is 20 odd and i am 16.

Could anyone also mention one of the top of the line freeware Anti-virus because i dont think the one i got is good anof. Also anything else you think i may need.




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This is a bit off topic but does anyone know how i could fix the problem i have in firefox as i cannot copy and past in it.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 05:40 PM

You should not run two antivirus or firewalls at the same time on a computer. It will cause conflicts. I would remove all of the Symantec software.
I run and recommend the following..

AVG (freeware)
SyGate Firewall (Freeware)
Spybot S&D (freeware)
Ad-Aware SE (freeware)
SpywareGuard (freeware)
SpywareBlaster (Freeware)
Ewido 14 day trial. Then a manula run only. Still very much worth the effort.


The are found on the site at the following link.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 05:42 PM

Any one of the Antivirus' listed in the link acklan gave, should work fine.
Personally, I use AVG.

This is a bit off topic but does anyone know how i could fix the problem i have in firefox as i cannot copy and past in it.

Have you tried a simple reinstall.
You won't loose any of your settings, or bookmarks.
Those are stored in a different folder, that isn't removed with a simple uninstall.

Delete Firefox using Add or Remove Programs.
Go to C: / Program Files, and delete the Mozilla Firefox folder.
Download a fresh copy of Firefox.
Now, reinstall Firefox.

If that doesn't work, the only other thing I can think of, would be a complete uninstall/reinstall.
Let me know if the above doesn't work, and I'll post the instructions.
It a little more involved, but easy.
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 08:19 PM

:thumbsup: I thank you both and right now i have SpyBot S & D and Adaware i dont use them much though and i will give the Reinstall for FireFox a go and get back to you Tq.
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