Now I have read here and see that there are a few recommended updatable programs that are free, such as AVG and Avast for anti-virus, or Ad-Aware, Spybot and Spyblaster for anti-spyware. I have recommended these, and the first question I usually get is whether they should be using TWO anti-virus programs simultaneously or not -- if there are conflicts or potential problems with doing that. I think for the anti-spyware it's clear that this is not a problem. Also, what is a good setup to use for anti-virus in order to have real time protection?
It seems as if the firewalls described on this site are not actually free, at least not if they are going to be really effective. Zone Alarm is one example. The Bleeping Computer site describes it as free, but that free version is actually just a trial that lasts 2 weeks or so, which isn't really a viable solution.
Just so you know, the situation here in Vietnam is that pretty much the entire country is unprotected from viruses and spyware. Here there is Vietnamese language freeware called BKAV that seems to be completely ineffective protecting computers. The government very actively prevents any posted packages or travelers entering this country from bringing in any software on CD's, and it's not even possible to buy legal software here (illegal is on sale everywhere). It's not even possible to bring a disk you own into the country -- not thru an airport at least.
Last part of this question: is there a good simple no-brainer step by step how-to tutorial that shows how to delete and reinstall Windows? The other very common problem here is that computers are so hopelessly riddled with viruses and spyware that the only practical solution is to reinstall Windows fresh.
Edited by Billermo, 28 December 2006 - 01:27 AM.