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Forget the McAffee...
Keep the Avast. For spyware,you can get
Super Anti Spyware
All of these are free, and excellant programs.
Oh, don't forget Site Advisor and Spoofstick.They warn you about the site you are on.Good luck....Maggie
McAffee vs Avast. I have Norton AV
I'm interested in the reply about McAffee vs Avast, because I have Norton AV 2004, about to expire in a few days. I have read good reviews on the PC Magazine site, but readers are saying it's troublesome. Would I be better off going with Avast, as well? The readers on the PC Mag. site say that they uploaded 2006 version of NAV and had complications. Also, when you say "for spyware you get...." does that mean those things are included with the Avast. Thank you kindly for your reply.
The spyware programs are all seperate programs. Avast is the Anti Virus, and only looks for viruses. Malware and spyware are seperate issues that can do as much damage as viruses. The spyware programs that I listed (or which ever you choose) are all free. Download them one at a time and run them one at a time to check for spyware. If you also want spyware blaster(highly recommended on this site) should be installed last, after you have run your other programs,because you need to start it on a clean computer. After you install the programs you choose, update them before you use them. Oh, another good anti virus is AVG. I've used Avast which is very good, but right now I'm using AVG, which is also very good, and actually is easier to use. Just take your pick. Good luck with your decisions. There's a lot of good free stuff out there. ....Maggie
McAfee vs. Avast
I just noticed in one of your posts that you are saying you have NAV. In your original post you say you have McAfee. Now I'm confused! I still say which ever one you have, you are better off to scrap whichever one you have and go with Avast or AVG....Maggie
Sorry, my mistake. About McAfee and Nortons....I didn't realize they were two different posters. In my humble opinion, my posts apply to both....Maggie
Thank you for your reply. I will look into AVG or Avast, and then I can look into those other programs for spyware.
What about free spamkiller, anti-abuse, anti-hacking?
Could you or another forum member recommend a free spamkiller, anti-abuse, anti-hacking program? I am all set for spyware and virus scan. Here is what I am using now:
+ Spyware Blaster
+ Window Washer
Yes, There Certainly Are!! Further, Read & Consider info in
page in post: Spyware Info Weekly Newsletter Aug 29th, located currently near your post on Front Page of this forum(V&S Alerts forum). That kind of behavior definitely disqualifies the product from inclusion on my machine regardless of price or lack thereof.
These replies have all been quite helpful. If you recommend any other free security software, please pass it on. Thank you.
Personally, I'm Using....
AVG 7 Free (Avast is ok too), Adaware SE 1.06, Spybot S&D 1.4,C(rap)Cleaner SLIM (!) & new free product Cyberhawk 220.127.116.11 from Novatix. This is behavior based guard watching for dangerous behavior attempts from any source. Possibly could catch say 0 day attacks not yet defined by AV. All free & all play nicely with each other with no squabbles!
Not free but important: A D-Link Wired router Dl-604 (several other brands also in inexpensive range (<$50)include Syslink, Netgear & others. This will leave your firewall with little to do.
Also recommend NOT using IE. Better to use Mozilla Firefox w/SunMicro's Java(or other non IE based browser) except for MS Updates. I also have available (already downloaded & saved to machine & 1 copy of each off machine) various tools: Stinger, Hijack This(saved several reports when clean for reference/comparison if I get trouble), Ewido (free trial), Trojan Hunter,Cool Web Shredder(CWS) & many repair tools like IE Fix, LSP Fix, Deleted file recover tool, etc.
Also commendable & free are tools Like SpywareBlaster & SpywareGuard by Javacool. Links for everything named above are in C-nets files accessed via (advanced)Search usually along with instructions how to set up/use them.
At some point: How much is too much? Only 100% safe bet is to cut plug from the cord! Enjoy!!!
NO one talked about firewall programs
I'm an AVAST fan (free version) and use most of the other mentioned free ''anti'' this and that programs. I also use Zone Alarm (the non XP version). If you have XP (there are only a few of us--70 million says Microsoft--who are holdouts) Zone Alarm is a,FREE, good program.
While I'm at it, I need to install a firewall program into another ''holdout''. Does anyone know where I can locate either the OLD zone alarm program (6.1.744) or can Recommend another free firewall program that supports Windows ME?
Your info is greatly appreciated---Thank You,
(NT) You're Very Welcome! Enjoy! :D