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by ronsrecords4u / January 24, 2006 7:58 AM PST

Is there any free ones out there? What do you think of Norton Internet security? I was having alot of problems and it didn't seem to help much, norton that is

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There sure are...
by John.Wilkinson / January 24, 2006 11:24 AM PST
In reply to: virus protectors

There are tons of freeware security applications out there, greatly reducing the need to purchase any. Some of the best ones are:

Firewalls:
ZoneAlarm Basic

AntiVirus:
Avast Home
AVG Free Edition
BitDefender Free Edition
A-Squared (For use in addition to a traditional AV)

AntiAdware:
AdAware

AntiSpyware:
Microsoft Antispyware (Windows 2000/XP only)
SpyBot Search and Destroy

Free Online Scans:
TrendMicro's Housecall
Symantec Security Check
Panda Scan
Webroot SpySweeper Online
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Make sure you have one firewall and one antivirus program installed and running at all times. In addition, have at least the above three adware and spyware scanners installed. Make sure you run a scan with each, one at a time, weekly, and every so often (every month or two) perform an online scan to catch what the others may have missed. (None are perfect.)
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As to Norton, I've heard a lot of complaints about their software and tech support, and have several of my own. While their scanners usually receive the highest pecentage of success, they are also huge resource hogs and have a history or causing misc system problems, especially when you try to uninstall or upgrade. Thus, they have a mixed reputation that I prefer not to deal with, which is why I usually recommend people look elsewhere for internet security software.

Hope this helps,
John


P.S. If you care to share what those problems were, either here or in the Virus forum, which ever you think is more appropriate, I'm sure someone will be able to help you get them worked out.

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Recommendations
by the_real_martian / January 26, 2006 7:03 AM PST
In reply to: virus protectors

My favorites are

Avast Antivirus
ZoneAlarm Basic
Ad-Aware SE Personal

These are all free (as mentioned) and work very well

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