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What protection?

by Hilary / April 11, 2005 12:36 AM PDT

I've just bought a new computer and now considering what anti-virus, firewall, spyware to install. I currently have Avast and ZoneAlarm on Windows 98. I know if I trawl through I should find the information (I did find a good thread but had to log off to do something else and now I can't find it!). Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi Hilary
by roddy32 / April 11, 2005 12:51 AM PDT
In reply to: What protection?

I just bumped the anti-parasite suite back to the front page. It's a long thread but there are many good suggestions on it. Some are old and some are not. Here is the link to that.
http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0-4.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&messageID=15002

Zone Alarm and Avast are both good tools, To save you some time on the other thread which I would suggest reading anyway, here are some of the ones that are recommended here.

Spybot S&D (download, check for updates, read the tutorial and scan often, it also does some blocking)
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html

SpywareBlaster (a blocker only, download it, check for updates, enable it and leave it alone except for checking for updates occasionally)
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html


SpywareGuard (similiar to SpywareBlaster but works in a different way and does not update as often for that reason.
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

Ad-Aware SE (a scanner, download, check for updates, read the directions and scan.
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

cwshredder (stand alone unit)(another small scanner for certain things, ALL other windows should be closed)
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html

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if your experience
by dawillie / April 11, 2005 12:52 AM PDT
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with Avast and ZA were satisfactory then i would stay with those products.

As there is no mention of what your new O/S is, I cannot comment on firewall efficiency.

As additional scanning software I would d/l and install Ad- Aware and SpyBot Search and Destroy.

use these to scan regularly and remove any data miners and browser objects you may have acquired.

The rest will be in accordance with what computing habits you have developed.

please post back if further clarification is required.

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Hello Hilary...
by Larry38 / April 11, 2005 2:48 AM PDT
In reply to: What protection?

ZA and Avast are very good. I use ZA and AVG, If I didn't have AVG I would use Avast. I also use all the other tools that Roddy mentioned, and have not had any problems. Just use whatever works for you. You may also want to consider useing a different Browser, there are many to choose from, the most popular is Firefox.
Good Luck.
Larry

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