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Zone Alarm & other programs

by gerri / October 9, 2004 10:25 AM PDT

I just downloaded the free version of Zone Alarm firewall. I also have SpySweeper, AD-Ware and AVG 6.0.

Do I need to keep SpySweeper now that I have the Zone Alarm? Am I confusing the function of each of them?

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Re: Zone Alarm & other programs
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 10:35 AM PDT

Spyware can still be easily installed with that firewall up. You still need to eject the spyware and use software that isn't being exploited such as Internet Explorer. Try Firefox or Mozilla.


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Re: Zone Alarm & other programs
by gerri / October 9, 2004 10:55 AM PDT

Should I still keep SpySweeper and Ad-Ware?

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Yes. And the Antivirus stays too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 10:58 AM PDT

As long as you keep using IE, you must keep scanning for pests. Even if you stop using IE, you keep scanning...

I've never seen this so bad. So far, all the machines are showing this stuff ....

Of course not the office, but we switched....


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Re: Yes. And the Antivirus stays too.
by gerri / October 9, 2004 11:02 AM PDT

I know this is probably a dumb question...since I have been out of the workforce where these were issues I did not have to worry about....but if I don't use IE, what else do you recommend???


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The attack fronts are...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 11:16 AM PDT

1. Virus, trojans...

Mostly defended by your Antivirus. And you not opening or viewing or previewing email that you didn't expect.

2. Parasites, Spyware, Pests.

Found and removed by the usual tools (Adaware, Spybot, Cwshredder and others), these other sneak in due to flawas in Internet Explorer (read ). To slow it down, just use Mozilla or Firefox or any non-IE browser.

3. Firewall prevented attacks.

For the DOS based windows, no external exploit is known unless the system is badly configured. However Zonealarm can give the owner a sign that something is amiss by alerting the owner to outgoining connections.

That about covers it. You need three types of protections.


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Re: The attack fronts are...
by gerri / October 11, 2004 12:14 AM PDT

Thank you for your assistance...prompt as always!!

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