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#1 cambone

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:01 PM

:thumbsup: Hey all u bleepers! Just had to throw a few questions out in the Anti-virus and Firewall forum. I have the following loaded to detect and try to clean viruses:

  • AVG Free Edition
  • RegCure
  • XoftSpySE
  • Spybot - Search & Destroy

My young son likes to play a lot of games and go onto interactive sites such as Runescape. I am a typical bloke and peruse everything.

1) Will a firewall assist in keeping us safe? If so, can u recommend some names?
2) What are the best Antivirus software for these type of internet activities?

Any help from u guys would be really appreciated.

Cheers from the Land-Down-Under,
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#2 Animal

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:11 PM

The pinned topics at the top of this forum are a good place to start:
Simple steps to keep your computer secure!
and
Virus & Malware Resources
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Bleeping Computer's Tutorial's
You can search the tutorials for many subjects on how to keep yourself more safe.

Once you arm yourself some more, if you have more specific questions we will be more than happy to help. This should keep you busy for an hour or so, soaking up some great information. :thumbsup:

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#3 jgweed

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:37 AM

Answers:
1. Yes, a firewall is your computer's first line of defence. There are several excellent free firewalls in the topic noted by Animal.
2. AVGFree is a very good anti-virus. They also have a free anti-spyware application that you might consider using. I would also use Ad-AwareSE. Because each anti-spyware application looks for a slightly different set of malware, having several is always a smart idea.

Young people on line tend to believe that everyone is who they say they are and every download is safe. Your best defence against malware is to educate your son about not giving out information (including game passwords) or clicking on links in game chats. However well policed, on line games can be unsafe places for the trusting and uncautious.
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John
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