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Bit Defender 9 internet Security?

by kenmal / February 24, 2006 1:52 AM PST

I have just downloaded a trial version of BitDefender 9 Internet Security - it came out as the most efficient in this month's (March '06)PC World test. But since I downloaded it, my web page access has really slowed down! Also when it first installed it did a file check and found no viruses or spyware on my system (not a normal result when I have installed anti-spyware/virus/adware in the past). Has anyone else installed this and used it in the last 2-3 months? Any info would be useful.

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Never used it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 2:09 AM PST

However anything you stick inbetween here and there does have a speed penalty. Some more than others.

There are some that chase after which suite wins some magazine article or editor's choice, but here I'll share my simple brew. I've yet to have an problem for over 10 years. The brew has changed but here's today's cocktail combo.

1. Free AVG.
2. Zonealarm (for the NT/2000/XP/2003 machines
3. Scans with Housecall, Ewido from time to time.
4. Any non-Internet Explorer brower (Opera, FireFox, SeaMonkey, etc.)
5. Turn off email preview. It's a possible exploit and a definite information leak.

I never open attachments and don't use POFO or other such sites.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks Bob
by kenmal / February 24, 2006 5:43 AM PST
In reply to: Never used it.

I have Zone Alarm and had AVG (Free) and I use IE and Firefox. My problems stated when AVG seemed to stop working (malfunction) a while back. I replaced it with AntiVir Guard (recommended on CNET) which worked great for a month or two, until it tried to auutomatically update itself and failed! (it was based in Germany and they said wait until they had finished repairing their servers before trying to download udates again). I might try AVG free again because that worked well most of the time.

So many people say free stuff doesn't work well, so I was prepared to pay for the PC World recommended Bit Defender 9, but I do worry about which choice I made because either it, or Zone Alarm's firewall should be disabled to avoid conflict and I am reluctant to uninstall Zone Alarm before the Defender 9 trial is complete.

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