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#1 nforce

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:24 PM

Hi, I usually am in the hardware/networking forums and i've never really paid attention to and don't know all that much about virus security tools. Right now I just have windows defender but I've heard that can make your system run a little slower and maybe isn't the absolute best choice for what i do.

I just want to know what my best choice would be for a free, all-in-one (internet protection, virus protection, popup blocker, etc) program would be.

Most of all though, it has to be discreet and not take up much system recources... I need the best performace i can and good comp startup time.... Also maybe just a small icon in the system tray because I hate how programs like Nortons Antivirus takes over your computer, adds more bars on system tray, does all the startup scanning, etc.

Any suggestions would be appriciated. Thanks

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 05:24 AM

I prefer the following :

- Zone Alarm Free as a firewall
- AVG AntiSpyware Free in combination with Spywareblaster and Spybot S&D and Adware
- AVG Antivirus Free as ANTIVIRUS

I use CCleaner as cleaning up.

Obviously there are as many programs as opinions. Check this for for some more guidance. For links and downloads check either my sig on freeware or the direct download links

Edited by fozzie, 16 December 2006 - 05:25 AM.


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Posted 16 December 2006 - 05:53 AM

I have all of the programs mentioned by "Fozzie". I also use Firefox browser with an extension called "NoScript".
Firefox comes with the best popup blocker on the market, doesn't allow activeX, and with NoScript I don't worry about "driveby installs" of malware.
The most important thing as far as keeping your computer free of malware is using safe surfing habits and not opening spam mail or suspicious mail, or installing freebies like screen savers.
Almost forgot to mention McAfee's SiteAdvisor. Darn good program that helps to keep you out of trouble when searching Google.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 06:52 AM

How could I forget FFPosted Image..

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 08:48 AM

What is considered the best AV protection is often a matter of personal opinion. AVG is very good but there are others to choose from as well.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 09:39 AM

All-in-one applications do not generally take less, but actually more resources, than having separate applications.
All-in-one applications can be uneven in their strengths in various areas, while separate applications, because built and maintained with more focus in one particular area, are generally of better quality.
All-in-one applications generally do not allow the user as much flexibility in tailoring defaults and usage.
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Posted 16 December 2006 - 11:09 AM

Well, I'm not too worried about having the BEST protection, I just want something basic to protect me. Its not like I go searching google for 'viruses to test' or doing too much online at all. Thanks for the repiles. I think im just going to get AVG.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 11:41 AM

Be sure to read the AVG Anti-Virus Free User Manual.
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Posted 16 December 2006 - 06:28 PM

Ok, I was looking on the AVS website ant they have lotsa tools. Like the Internet security package, anti-malware, anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware, etc. I only want to download and install what I really need, so which one\s should i get?

http://www.grisoft.com/doc/downloads-produ...ng/us/tpl/tpl01

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 07:10 PM

I would get the following:
AVGFree
AVG Anti-spyware
I use both and am very happy with their performance. If you use Firefox, a good firewall, and perhaps one other anti-spyware application (Ad-AwareSe, for example), you will be adequately protected if you use caution about where you visit and what you download.
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