What Protection Do You Use? ..................for your computer

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Found 22nd Apr 2008
Anyone out there that wants to recommend me pretty darn good software? I'm looking for a popular, reliable firewall and also an antivirus..and maybe sumfin else I should have??.. . Preferably open sourced software...Oh - and for Windows XP

Or better yet - What do YOU use?? C'mon..lets hear it.......

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hehehehe just kidding

I don't use anything.
But when I used to use Windows I would use Kaspersky software.

For Windows ? AVG antivirus/Anti Spyware and regular runnings of CCleaner.

Best tip is to do your surfing in a sandbox (Google for VirtualBox and run with Kubuntu or somesuch) .

Esset Smart Security (Nod32). Esset set to block traffic from unknown outgoing apps only, internal traffic handled by the router.

always used zone alarm free ( ok when i got used to it) & sophos, behind a router - kaspersky found a virus on my Pc that sophos didn't though.

AVG and ZoneAlarm

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MoneySavingG;1947274

Esset Smart Security (Nod32). Esset set to block traffic from unknown … Esset Smart Security (Nod32). Esset set to block traffic from unknown outgoing apps only, internal traffic handled by the router.



its the best and smallest footprint. trust me go for this...

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john-boy;1947270

For Windows ? AVG antivirus/Anti Spyware and regular runnings of … For Windows ? AVG antivirus/Anti Spyware and regular runnings of CCleaner.Best tip is to do your surfing in a sandbox (Google for VirtualBox and run with Kubuntu or somesuch) .



use microsoft virtual PC 2007...its free and very good

Avast (free virus checker), and Zonealarm pro.

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:p:pnot needed for mac:thumbsup::)

Comodo Firewall Pro with defense + (firewall) and AVG (anti-virus) and Threatfire ( realtime anti-malware) and Win Patrol (monitors start up programs etc) and Spyware Blaster (real time anti-spyware)

All free or free versions

Lol it might be overkill but I like to be safe rather then sorry! Regular clean ups with C Cleaner aswell and the occasional Ad-aware 2007 free scan lol ...

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Random_ginger;1947557

Comodo Firewall Pro with defense + (firewall) and AVG (anti-virus) and … Comodo Firewall Pro with defense + (firewall) and AVG (anti-virus) and Threatfire ( realtime anti-malware) and Win Patrol (monitors start up programs etc) and Spyware Blaster (real time anti-spyware)All free or free versionsLol it might be overkill but I like to be safe rather then sorry! Regular clean ups with C Cleaner aswell and the occasional Ad-aware 2007 free scan lol ...



how many porn sites do you go on???

I used to have so much of this **** on my pc and then 1 day i got nod32.
if you dont go on dodgy sites and if you need to then dont click on the "partypoker" logo or "how many chin ups can you do" then you will be fine. this is so badly overkill that your whole computer is bogged down with it all running. you may as well have viruses mate... a lot less painful then all that gumf

AVG and zone alarm

avg and adaware here.

Running processes for all that stuff adds up to under 10mb which tbh doesn't effect my system at all, everything's on delayed start up apart from win patrol so it doesnt effect that (not noticable anyway).

Its nice to have the protection there just in case, i've dealt with spyware and virus ridden machines and really wouldn't like to again lol. Just my preference anyway!

I do agree that Nod 32 is a great choice for an anti-virus and better then AVG but AVG is free along with the rest of the stuff so I don't expect them to be as good as paid versions, thats why the muli layered protection makes good sense, well in my logic anyway...

Symantec cooperate edition

For entire] 50p you can get Panda Internet Security .Since new service pack has been released (approx. 1 moth ago) Panda works absolutely briliantly.
Register this for FREE and update it to Panda Internet Security 2008 !!!

I tried Panda before and I did not like it but this version is really good and fast. Has everything : from firewall, antiphising and email protection to decent antivirus ( removed trojan horse (genuine) that Avida did not see)

Although the info on ebuyer's website says about updating to 2007 version you will actually get update to the newest one - 2008.

I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long as your aware of what files you can open your should be fine.

Titchimp;1948267

I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long … I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long as your aware of what files you can open your should be fine.



Best advice here.

I have AVG just for scans of anything i download, but thats it, and tbh i rarely use it as i already know everything i am downloading.

Never had a Virus, ever, same for Adware/ Spyware.
Common sense beats any of these programs, and without common sense those programs are generally useless and merely delaying the inevitable intrusions anyway.

I use Avast! and Ashampoo Firewall, nice simple and unobtrusive. I tried out threatfire back when it was cyberhawk and it seemed very good but with a couple of major compatibility issues. If they've sorted those out then I'd recommend it too.

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Titchimp;1948267

I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long … I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long as your aware of what files you can open your should be fine.



exactly, the best anti-spyware, adware, footware.. whoops went too for there!

is common sense. as i said before, dont click on all the banners, if a thing pops up to say you are a winner or you have spyware then its going to be dodgy! so dont install anything, activeXs, progs whatever! even if it says it will "scan online"

i do believe you need an antivirus but other than that you will be ok.

I think what everyone needs to remember is that your firewall is only as good as how well you configure it. Think of it as a race between a ford focus and a lamborghini gallardo, only my 80 year old gran is driving the lamborghini and jeremy clarkson is driving the focus.

With that said, I think Kaspersky is very good. Some people take it as a negative, but it was written by a group of hackers. But someone also mentioned NOD32 which is good aswell. Download a trial of Kaspersky and take it from there.

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Titchimp;1948267

I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long … I havnt got anything on my computer and i havnt since about 2001. As long as your aware of what files you can open your should be fine.


So no firewall meaning its very easy to hack into your PC?

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csiman;1949816

So no firewall meaning its very easy to hack into your PC?



how do you know where his PC is? i turn my PC off when i dont need it and i turn my router off too. this means i get a new ip each time. you need to know where his PC is for you to hack into it. an antivirus is what it needed and an XP firewall would be sufficient too. for the average user that goes on normal sites and does not open silly attachments could easily survive without any protection.

viruses and spyware and the like can only infect your computer if you allow them to. most people have dynamic IP and its not worth a good hackers time to get into your computer. barclays or hsbc is much better... :thumbsup:

all this stuff is hype made by the companies that sell the cure... makes sense doesnt it?

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imranmaz;1949833

how do you know where his PC is? i turn my PC off when i dont need it and … how do you know where his PC is? i turn my PC off when i dont need it and i turn my router off too. this means i get a new ip each time. you need to know where his PC is for you to hack into it. an antivirus is what it needed and an XP firewall would be sufficient too. for the average user that goes on normal sites and does not open silly attachments could easily survive without any protection. viruses and spyware and the like can only infect your computer if you allow them to. most people have dynamic IP and its not worth a good hackers time to get into your computer. barclays or hsbc is much better... :thumbsup:all this stuff is hype made by the companies that sell the cure... makes sense doesnt it?


Turning your PC or router off does NOT get you a new IP address! How do you think ISP's know your bandwidth usage? yes, your fixed IP address.

Hackers do not target by fixed IP addresses anyway in general. They superscan random IP addresses looking for open ports. No firewall = open ports so full access.

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csiman;1949840

Turning your PC or router off does NOT get you a new IP address! How do … Turning your PC or router off does NOT get you a new IP address! How do you think ISP's know your bandwidth usage? yes, your fixed IP address.Hackers do not target by fixed IP addresses anyway in general. They superscan random IP addresses looking for open ports. No firewall = open ports so full access.



please dont teach me about computer science, especially with capital letters to highlight ignorance. who is your isp? i can bet you 90% of ISPs provide dynamic ip addresses.

IPv4 uses 32-bit (four-byte) addresses, which limits the address space to 4,294,967,296 (232) possible unique addresses.

there are much more PCs on the net than that so before ipv6 came out (not completely rolled out/taken up) isps bought big chunks of ip address space and use them dynamically to give to their customers.

you have to pay extra for static ip.

do this for me... go into your router and note down the ip address.
turn your router off and then turn on and check the ip add.. bet it will change. how do you think i cheat rapidshare?

and your question about loggin into my isp.. again look at your router settings, you have the isp ip address (thiers is static) and you have a username and password. THATS how you log in and THATS how they know your bandwidth usage.

dont talk in such a rude manner when you dont know what you are talking about.

csiman;1949816

So no firewall meaning its very easy to hack into your PC?



How many personal users do you know that have been hacked? Nobody i know has every been hacked... and if they did it would just be a case of reformatting, i have important stuff backed up

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Titchimp;1950049

How many personal users do you know that have been hacked? Nobody i know … How many personal users do you know that have been hacked? Nobody i know has every been hacked... and if they did it would just be a case of reformatting, i have important stuff backed up



viruses are the second most overrated thing in history... just after smoking.

imranmaz;1950062

viruses are the second most overrated thing in history... just after … viruses are the second most overrated thing in history... just after smoking.



My thoughts exactly, they are just hyped up to get people to buy software

Avast and CCcleaner run on a regular basis. Both seem very good and require little setup for the novice but are powerful enough to tailor features for the expert.

imranmaz;1949850

please dont teach me about computer science, especially with capital … please dont teach me about computer science, especially with capital letters to highlight ignorance. who is your isp? i can bet you 90% of ISPs provide dynamic ip addresses.IPv4 uses 32-bit (four-byte) addresses, which limits the address space to 4,294,967,296 (232) possible unique addresses.there are much more PCs on the net than that so before ipv6 came out (not completely rolled out/taken up) isps bought big chunks of ip address space and use them dynamically to give to their customers.you have to pay extra for static ip. do this for me... go into your router and note down the ip address.turn your router off and then turn on and check the ip add.. bet it will change. how do you think i cheat rapidshare?and your question about loggin into my isp.. again look at your router settings, you have the isp ip address (thiers is static) and you have a username and password. THATS how you log in and THATS how they know your bandwidth usage.dont talk in such a rude manner when you dont know what you are talking about.



I have to take you up on this.
ISP provided IP addresses are not always dynamic, as evidenced by my last two out of four ISPs giving me very very sticky IPs. However talk of dynamic IPs as a security defence holds no water really - there is no security through obscurity. The best you can hope for is increased privacy - but even then don't count on it.
IPV4 does use 32 bit address space, but the common technique of a opportunist hacker is to pick a known range owned by a ISP and do various probes to the IPs in the range.
Also I don't have a password or username for my ISP, it all depends on which ADSL mode (bridged in my case) they choose to run.

If firewalls and such were completely useless why do vulnerable unpatched computers get infected within minutes of starting a internet connection - it is because people assume all attacks are not aimed at them, and that they need no protection.
It is important to keep your computer patched, running a good AV and at the very least running a firewall which blocks unauthorised incoming traffic.

MoneySavingG;1951357

If firewalls and such were completely useless why do vulnerable unpatched … If firewalls and such were completely useless why do vulnerable unpatched computers get infected within minutes of starting a internet connection - it is because people assume all attacks are not aimed at them, and that they need no protection. It is important to keep your computer patched, running a good AV and at the very least running a firewall which blocks unauthorised incoming traffic.



According to your definition my computer is one of these vulnerable computers, the last virus i got was back in about 2000 and that was when i did have antivirus.

Titchimp;1951384

According to your definition my computer is one of these vulnerable … According to your definition my computer is one of these vulnerable computers, the last virus i got was back in about 2000 and that was when i did have antivirus.



Erm how would you know you aren't infected right now? A virus is a subset of malware - malware comes in many different forms. People's common belief that a virus is something which will eat all your files and dance a merry jig on your screen is misguided also.
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