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by mattpul24 / November 22, 2005 6:04 AM PST

I recently had Norton 2005 on my notebook. I've got a Dell Inspiron 2200 (about 4 months old). I felt that it was making things run pretty slow and from what I had heard, that tends to be true with Norton. So, I uninstalled it and my notebook has been running faster. I have windows XP and that comes with the firewall. I use ad aware and Mozilla to search the internet. I do use a wireless connection. I also use Google's non pop-up filter. I don?t download anything-just search the web and check email, etc. Pretty basic. With all of this I am pretty happy. However, I am still worried about viruses, etc. Any suggestions on what I need? Should I get anti-virus software or a whole utilities suite? My only concern is that it DOES NOT slow my computer down.

Thanks for your help!


Matt

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Virus program is the most important tool you should own
by Dick Humfrey / November 22, 2005 7:32 AM PST
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If you do not have a virus program it could do more than just slow your computer down if you get infected. It is a more important piece of software than popup and adware blockers etc.

In a support job I have I have today been bombarded with over 40 virus hits that have been detected and fixed. If I was not virus protected I would be having BIG problems by now.

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AVG
by mrkhlp / November 22, 2005 10:24 AM PST
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Go to www.grisoft.com and download the free version of AVG anti virus software. The updates are free for life and it can be set to auto update so you won't have to remember. Anti virus software is useless if you don't keep it updated. And for nothing this software WORKS. Also Ad-Ware SE and Spybot Search and Destroy are good tools to have, Also free, updates are also free. If you run all three and keep them updated you'll have little trouble. You can also get a free trojanhunter called A-Squared and updates are free it works well. Ditch the Norton stuff.

Mark

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Just a thought
by PKsteven / November 22, 2005 4:07 PM PST
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Hi, you may want to look into a different firewall as well, like ZoneAlarm etc...Windows firewall is ok for initially getting connected but not recommended as a primary. If you do, please remember to shut down windows firewall as it can cause problems.

Good luck to you, Paul

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As for all people
by PudgyOne / November 22, 2005 5:41 PM PST
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As for all people you should have good virus protection. Norton slows down your computer(if you have an older one) whereas AVG FREE or AVAST do not.

Also you need to have measures to stop spyware from getting into your computer. you can get C W Shredder to help remove some and you can also use SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY. Another good spyware remover is AD AWARE and one that stops spyware from getting into your computer is SPYWARE BLASTER. Then when all else fails you can get HIJACKTHIS.

If you use all these tools it will not elminate spyware from getting into your computer, but it will help. Some spyware gets into your computer using the Macromedia Flash player. If you feel that you still might have spyware in your computer, then you can go to PANDA ACTIVESCAN and do an online scan. You can also go to TREND MICRO to do another online scan.

Hope this helps

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