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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-24-2005, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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I wanted to post this thread to find out what programs you guys are using to keep your computer safe and functioning properly.
I've have been using 3 programs in particular, which are all free and most easy to use. Here they are:

AVG Free Edition
ZoneAlarm Free (just the firewall)
Ad-Aware SE personal

I find the AVG and ZoneAlarm to work well together and help to keep my computer free of bullshit. And, i really like Ad-Aware SE Personal because it doesn't run in the background and suck up computer RAM. Instead, I run Ad-Aware when I want to and it really does a good job.
So, what are you guys using with respect to a virus/firewall and spyware removal tools? What have you found to be the most effective programs to keep your computer safe? Any recommendations?
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norton corporate a/v
sygate firewall
black ice
look n stop

dont run ad aware progs, i did for awhile but never get spyware and the such except for the occasional cookies etc which i always have empty out on a daily basis anyways.
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Norton SystemWorks 2005......Norton Internet Security 2005......Spyware Blaster (free)......AdAware (free)......and frequent cleaning with ToniArt's Easy Cleaner (free).

I've used Zone Alarm's freeware in the past but it was too confusing for my wife and kids. I've used Microsoft's Antispyware Beta before but it became buggy and overlapped Spyware Blaster anyways.
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Do NOT depend on any kind of software firewall that runs on the same box it is supposed to protect. DO GET YOURSLF an external firewall/router box. If you shop around, you can easily find a used Linksys or Netgear or Dlink box for well under $50-.

The upside for that $50 is that the external box is usually at least a 4 port ethernet switch that does DHCP and DNS passthrough. So for that $50 you've got instant home networking. Downside is well, you've just spent *another* $50 to protect essentially unprotectable Microsoft product........

I have an openly admitted prejudice against any and ALL Symantec products. They impose just a little too much of themselves on a system and take up way to much in terms of system resources and add way to much potential instability to make them worth any bother at all.

The "stories are legend" about workstation problems that go away once Symantec products are deinstalled. YMMV of course.

My preferred anti-virus vendors, based on many years of corporate deployment and support are Trend (PC-cillin) and McAfee. Lots of broadband service providers offer 'free' McAfee subscriptions to their customers. Money saved right there.

One BIG HOLE is Internet Explorer. Use it as little as possible. I presently don't fire it up more than 3-4 times a month. Use Opera (preferred) or Firefox. Firefox has all the press/news these days but Opera has a 6 year head start on maturity, stability, and security over Firefox. Starting with version 8.5, Opera is now free, no more ad-ware banners.

The other big hole is Outlook in ALL of its incarnations. The above advice for MSIE goes for Outlook. Both Firefox and Opera have integrated email (and newsreaders, RSS clients, etc, etc) that work fine without the well-known and on-going dangers of using MSIE and Outlook.

Install a known-good Java machine. If you insall Sun Java, it will take priority over the crippled MS-Java machine that is included with the OS these days. IBM has a little-known but very-very good Java machine. The IBM JVM is hard to find, it takes some determination on ibm.com to actually find and d/l the thing.

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kaspersky and adaware, although i pretty much feel that adaware does little, i also use firefox and have been for a while, back before it was cool to not like IE, i too am a firm believer that norto and anything related is the devil, id rather have nothing than norton
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A few usefull programs I've found:

Avast Antivirus (Free) - Great program, daily updates (recomended by Popular Science)

Eraser (Free) - REALLY Erase sensitive data (it ain't coming back!)

Bazooka Adware Scanner (Free) - Small fast program that searches specificly for very nasty adware that others frequently miss.

Agent Ransack (Free) - File search utility, way better than windows search.

Intel Aplication Accelerator (Free) - For those with an intel MoBo. Read throughly and use only if your chipset is compatable.

I also use the already mentioned AdAware,CCleaner, and Zone Alarm.
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Boy, where do I begin?

Norton System Works 2005 Premier
Norton Internet Security 2005 (A/V & Firewall, among other things)
Adaware SE Professional
Spy-bot Search and Destroy
Microsoft Anti-Spyware (Beta 1)
Popup Killer
Spython (Part of System Mechanic Professional)
Trojan Remover
Linksys Cable/DSL Router (acts as hardware firewall)
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External router
Spy-Bot Search and Destroy
Hi-Jack This (Be careful !!) http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/hijackthis.php

Always Firefox
Never IE / Outlook

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I use IE, I should switch eh?
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heh, I use FIREFOX (a must) and I don't download retarted stuff and I don't use Outlook.. I update my computers every time the patches come out, and I use SMOOTHWALL (www.smoothwall.org) for a firewall... can't find someone yet to break in past smoothwall, and i have 21 computers :-)
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One BIG HOLE is Internet Explorer. Use it as little as possible. I presently don't fire it up more than 3-4 times a month. Use Opera (preferred) or Firefox. Firefox has all the press/news these days but Opera has a 6 year head start on maturity, stability, and security over Firefox. Starting with version 8.5, Opera is now free, no more ad-ware banners.
As good as Opera is/was, I recently switched over to Firefox. A lot of places I visit (for school related work and what-not) do no support Opera, so either I use another program, or I miss critical information/notes/assignments for my classes. I still don't use IE though.

IE and Firefox both have "pop-up blockers" but I find that they are horrible and only work a fraction of the time. Opera has had pop-up blockers for YEARS and it works FAR better than IE or Firefox. Opera's integrated mail client (M2 I believe it's called), has its advantages and drawbacks. It doesn't let you create folders to sort e-mail, and it'll lose all your e-mails every so often (which is a pain to recover). Opera also loses all the user settings every so often, (once every 6 months or so), but if you know computers, this shouldn't be hard to fix (just time consuming).

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When was the last time you used Opera? I've never had those problems......
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This may sound weird, but I think my Opera problems and my Win2KPro registry problems are both related to the fact that I have a fairly early release of SATA HD's.

I switched from Opera about 1 month ago
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No sense blaming the software when you've already identified a hardware problem......
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