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System Security---Spyware and Antivirus Programs
Oct 23rd, 2005 at 5:09am
 
I help alot of people with their PC's.  So far I have not come across ONE PC that was free of Spyware/Trojans/Worms or Virii.  I find the number of people who have inadequate system security astounding.  So I thought I would post addresses to some really good antispyware and antivirus software.  All of these programs are free and very effective!  One point first... if you install one of these antivirus programs make sure you uninstall your old one if you have one.  Two Antivirus programs with resident active shields do NOT work well together and could cause serious system instability.

First the Anti Spyware Programs:

Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta stage still, but very good program.  If you have Windows XP then I recommend using this program.)
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Spybot Search and Destroy (A great program for scanning for spyware. )
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AdAware (Not as good as Spybot in my opinion, but they both find things the other doesn't.)
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Now for the Antivirus programs:

Avast HE (My personal fav.  Has Resident Shield, Web Shield, Mail Scanner, P2P Shield, Instant Messaging Shield, Outlook Scanner and Network Shield)
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Antivir PE
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AVG (Not bad, but if it finds something with the resident guard it won't take care of it at the time, but will tell you to scan your system Undecided )
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Anyway, I think everyone can benefit by checking their systems.  No telling what's on there. Wink
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Re: System Security---Spyware and Antivirus Progra
Reply #1 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 7:12am
 
I have all three anti-spyware programs already installed and when my Nortons anti-virus protection runs out I'm going to use one of the free ones. I was thinking AVG but I might rethink that now. Thanks for the links.
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Reply #2 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 8:52am
 
I'm w/Smokey. Symantec works very well & the updates come regularly but is it worth the money? I'm still thinkin' about that. ???

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Reply #3 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 9:46am
 
I've been using McAfee, but only buying it when there was a full rebate.  In the last 10 years, the only time I have had a virus problem happened while I was setting up a new hard disk, and hadn't gotten McAfee installed yet.  Format C:  and start over with McAfee being the first software installed.  That's not to say I haven't had spyware occassionally, but twice weekly or more frequent scans by AdAware and Spybot get rid of that

I also use ZoneAlarm firewall(second thing installed).  Also by running through a hardware router/firewall an outside computer only sees the router with nothing on it.  I think that has helped the most with port assaults.  If you are on a broadband connection, a hardware router/firewall should be considered a necessity, even if you only have one computer connected to it.

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Reply #4 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 3:15pm
 
Well, Avast gets daily updates...sometimes 2 times a day.  It autoupdates itself so you don't have to worry about it.  I had Norton for awhile and decided to get rid of it.  It was just a resource hog.  After I installed avast... it found 7 trojans that Norton just let sit on my system without a peep.  Ever since switching to Avast I have had no trouble at all.  AVG like I said will cause you to manually scan if it's resident shield finds something.. Sad

Yes a router is great.  But it only takes care of incoming and not outgoing.  A good software firewall like Sygate/ZoneAlarm or Comodo is good.
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