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Novice regarding AV Programs, Please Assist

by mami_linda / April 8, 2006 8:47 AM PDT

Hi, I have a AMD Athon 1737 mhz, 512MB (90% of load), WinXP SP2, I use my computer a lot but due to some health issues a lot of my past memory has taken residence else where, so please excuse my ignorance. I tend to do overkill to compensate for my lack of knowledge which is very intimidating to say the least.
OK, I wish to just list a couple things I have on my system and wish to know if I am complicating my system or is there a way to have both, or have both applications and maybe just disable one.
I have for my Firewall:McAfee, Microsoft ICF (where did I get that, lol)
Anti-Virus:AVG 7.0 and Avast. I just installed AVG today so can I keep Avast, even if I have to disable it and do a on/off with each program.
Also I have Windows XP, not sure if I mentioned.
Another question, I started with SpyBot, at that time was recommended to get Spysweeper which I purchased. I did a trial sweep with AdwareAlert and found 65 problems that Spysweeper did not find. So I went all out and from Adware Alert came AVG-free, Error Killer,
Lava Adware SE, SpyBot S & D and lastly Spyware Blaster.
I would appreciate some advice please from someone who is proficent in such programs to give me the word as what to do, and no I am not paranoid. I have had two virus's and two worms in my %^&$ years of computer experience which I did resolve independently but that was before the memory took a hit.
I thank you and truly am grateful for the advice, in advance. Pamela
PS Any advice, critical or otherwise is welcome with appreciation.p

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Hi Pamela
by tomron / April 8, 2006 9:31 AM PDT

RE:Microsoft ICF-This is part of XP (a firewall)

You should have a second firewall since XP'S firewall is not enough {does not block outgoing traffic)

You can keep the second AV,just as long as you don't run them simultaneously,can cause a conflict,I use only one (AVG)

Lose adware alert,has a bad rep.

You might consider installing EWIDO

Point being,1 AV and 1 firewall

Check out my profile,it works for me.Feel free to post back with any inquires


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Hi, Pamela. Here's 2 Links for You to Add to Your Favorites.
by tobeach / April 8, 2006 2:40 PM PDT

list in IE.
1st is to a page that lists "Rogue" (BAD) AV/Anti-Spware/Adware type Programs. Make sure you have NONE of those listed on your machine. If you do, un-install them and if you have a problem un-installing post here for help.Note: MANY of these purposely use Names & Spellings extremely close to those of the real legit ones to fool people:
2nd is a page with links in it to many Legit Programs often recommended here ( Both Free & Pay) as well as to some helpfull instructions on how to use System Restore, safe mode etc. Also has 1st link at top of that page.

I refer to both often, so may you. Enjoy! Grin

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