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What programs should I get?

by eelnavi / November 11, 2006 7:24 AM PST

I just reinstalled XP Pro SP2 bc of a virus.

Maybe there have been changes and updates so I was wondering which protection programs I should use/download.

I just downloaded AVG 7.5 bc I know it recently combined with Ewido.

Thanks!

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Recommendations
by eliphant0723 / November 11, 2006 7:36 AM PST

Freebies:
Firewall: XP firewall - Better yet Zone Alarm (Free)
Anti virus: AVG Free
Anti spyware: Windows Defender, Spy Bot &/or Ad-Aware (All free)
Keep in mind that freebies usually require more configuration efforts and updates on your part.

Also CNET has excellent selections of the best security packages to choose from.

If you have Broadband, you should have some free options on Internet Security for free.

Good luck

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Anything else?
by eelnavi / November 12, 2006 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: Recommendations

Thanks LD.

Right now I'm running Zone Alarm, AVG anti virus, SpyBot, Ad-Aware.

1) Which other anti spyware should I add? Windows Defender, AVG's own, Spyware Blaster or another.

I can't go back to IE once I've used Mozilla so thanks for the reminder, Jackson.

2) I've never heard of WinPatrol so will it interfere with the programs I'm already running phantazy?

3) Do I still need to use CWS shredder?

4) Anything else?

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No need
by jackson dougless / November 12, 2006 10:22 AM PST
In reply to: Anything else?

If you don't use Internet Explorer regularly, keep current on security updates for Windows, and avoid file sharing programs and pirated programs, you shouldn't have much of a malware problem at all. You shouldn't have ANY malware problems. While I wont' say you should get rid of adaware and spybot, you probably don't need any others. Internet Explorer is the primary means of malware infestation, so if you don't use it, you kneecap the problem pretty effectively. No point installing more programs that are meant for Internet Explorer users if you're not an Internet Explorer user.

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Couple more
by jackson dougless / November 11, 2006 8:31 AM PST

In addition to the largely good advice by the other poster, you should replace Internet Explorer with either Mozilla Firefox or Opera. Both are free, both will dramatically reduce the chances of contracting malware. While you cannot uninstall Internet Explorer, it doesn't mean you have to use it, nor should you.

Beyond that, avoid any and all file sharing programs and pirated programs. The majority of the files on networks like Kazaa and Limewire contain viruses or some other sort of nasty payload you don't want. With pirated programs, you never know if there's a hidden payload in whatever means are employed to bypass piracy protection, so best not to risk it.

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One more
by phantazy / November 11, 2006 6:56 PM PST

I recommend Winpatrol, which is also free. It allows you to change the programs that start with windows, monitors hidden system files shows IE helpers, and many more useful features. I would not be without it.
phantazy

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