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Good Free AntiVirus & Personal FireWall

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Noah Body, Jun 4, 2004.

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  1. Noah Body

    Noah Body Thread Starter

    Jun 4, 2004
    Suggestions, advice, and/or information needed for a good free anti-virus and personal firewall. "Free" meaning . . . free installation and free updates.

    I have heard about Avast!, AVG, Zone Alarm, and Sygate. Are there other free anti-virus and personal firewall that may be much better than these?

    1. Which is the better anti-virus: Avast! or AVG?
    2. Which is the better personal firewall: Zone Alarm or Sygate?

    Would appreciate personal experiences and/or links to websites (unless this forum prohibits such information from being shared), which may address my concerns and where I may be able to download the recommended anti-virus and personal firewall.

    As additional information, I have 3 PCs at home with 3 different OS, where I plan to use the free anti-virus and personal firewall.
    1. Windows XP Professional Edition
    2. Windows 98 SE
    3. Windows 2000

    Although all PCs have DSL connections to surf the internet, there are times I use dial-up connections. The PCs have LAN cards, but I have not networked them . . . though I plan to do that later on, once I learn how to do it.

    I use the PCs on the internet primarily to email and to search for information. I hardly use the PCs for network gaming.

  2. foxfire

    foxfire Malware Specialist

    Jan 14, 2003
    Hi Noah Body, Many members show approval for AVG & ZoneAlarm (Free)

    both are well tried & regularly updated.Rollin Rog has a sticky at the top of this forum itemising available types.

    I am currently evaluating TDS-3 (www.diamonds.com.au) which is most impressive & is updated daily.

    There was a sizeable thread on this forum a while ago, which you may find helpful.Use the Search facility.

  3. Noah Body

    Noah Body Thread Starter

    Jun 4, 2004
    Hi Foxfire!

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have been reading through the exchanges in the forum regarding said applications.

    I installed AVG, however, I still got infected with the following:
    PSW.Dumarin.G / Plexus.B / Plexus.A / Backdoor.Dumador . . .

    Hence, this late reply :-(.

    In which case, I am contemplating on purchasing either Norton or McAfee, with the assumption that they are much better than the free versions.

    What do you think?

    Thanks again!
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