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#1 orange parrott

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:35 AM

Hi all, i appreciate any help you guys (and gals) can give me. I recently purchased a new laptop, and since I'm not super computer saavy, I was wondering if anyone can suggest what I need in terms of security. Is there one commercial product I can buy that will cover me? Or (and perhaps more easily) is there a list of free products that someone can suggest I download that should keep me safe?

I generally just do some basic web-surfing, but I do need to bank online, and I do play poker online a fair amount, but only on one site. I bought an HP Pavilion, here are the basics: Intel Core Duo Processor, 80GB Hard Drive, 1GB RAM. Hope that helps (I'm hoping not to bog down my machine if possible with all the security software). Again, any help is much appreciated. Thanks!!!

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:43 AM

Welcome orange parrott. :thumbsup:

See BC's List of Virus & Malware Resources.
See BC's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps.

To protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for infection, read:
"Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
"The Ten Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online".
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:51 AM

thanks, quietman. I'll definitely check this out. My biggest fear, I guess, is missing something and not being covered in a certain arena when it comes to security.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 08:52 AM

There is no one product that can completely cover you.
You definitely need an antivirus and a firewall. If there is a trial version of a commercial antivirus on your computer, you can continue to use its protection or download a free antivirus. (Before installing a new antivirus, you need to uninstall the previous one; it is not recommended for you to have 2 antiviruses running.) You should also have an antispyware product.

Here is a list of freeware applications:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

I personally use AntiVir (antivirus), AVG antispyware, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard.
Just be sure, whatever products you decide to use, that you update and scan with them at least once a week; it will ensure your protection.

You can also read this article:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
It's for before posting a HijackThis log (which I don't think you're going to do now), but it gives you steps to take for cleaning and what products are generally recommended here.
Just check out steps 4-8.

If you need any further info on any of the programs, don't hesitate to ask. Someone here will help you out.

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EDIT: Took too long to type. :thumbsup: :flowers:

Edited by tink536, 17 May 2007 - 08:53 AM.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:05 AM

thanks, tink. you guys are awesome.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:11 AM

We try. :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:23 AM

You're welcome :flowers:

Hope everything works out! :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:52 AM

Hi,
orange parrott if u wanna great security against any internet threat i think u should channelize your system use antivirus softare , firewall etc and u can contact any company providing service like that ...once i had infected badly by virus or internet threat but i have fixed now i have antivirus software.. firewall and i m also keep in contact with InfolockTech providing good services against internet threats...so you need to protect your pc while u appear online and should have some good anti software for protecting your system...
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:28 AM

Orange, first, there is no software that can cover you completely from malware. Firewall and AntiVirus are two important software. You've got to buy/download them if you do want good protection. Firewalls cover you from hackers, antivirus tools are searching for viruses in your computer, and then if you do want tools for spyware, there are tools out on the Internet.




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