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Discussion in 'General Security' started by FireWarr378, Apr 18, 2010.

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  1. FireWarr378

    FireWarr378 Thread Starter

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    Hi! I am new to this forum and am excited to be here. :)

    I am currently trying to upgrade my computer's defense after a massive crash. I had Avast, Windows Defender, and Spybot. So, I am planning to use the following. I do not know if this is a good defense or if it will bog up my resources..I would really appreciate your opinions. :) I am mainly interested with free software, as I usually find them to perform at the same capabilities as paid software. Hence the list will be comprised of the free versions of the software:

    - Comodo Internet Security (primary)
    - Avast Antivirus (secondary)
    - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (additional)
    - Spybot Search&Destroy (additional)
    - HijackThis (additional)

    I have 1.60 GHz processor with 2GB RAM. Thanks in advance!

    Also, please do not hesitate to give any suggestions.
     
  2. Phantom010

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    Only use one antivirus. No primary nor secondary, only one. If using Comodo, only run the firewall. Comodo's antivirus isn't well rated. You can run Avast or my favorite free antivirus, Avira Antivir.

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an excellent anti-spyware.

    I wouldn't install Spybot. Unless you're a power user, that program can be hazardous for beginners. MBAM is more user friendly.

    Unless you really know how to interprete HijackThis logs, you'll have no use for it.
     
  3. FireWarr378

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    Okay, thanks!

    I have tried Avira before, but it seemed less effective than Avast. I think I will keep Avast and use it in conjunction with Comodo Firewall (unless you recommend a good firewall-only program), MBAM, and Spybot (I have had it for a long time now and particularly like its browser Immunization option).
     
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  5. FireWarr378

    FireWarr378 Thread Starter

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    Thanks again!

    I know this is off-topic, but do you know of a good free Registry Cleaner?
     
  6. Phantom010

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    The best registry cleaner is "none at all"! If you care about your computer, please stay away. There is nothing to be gained by using that crapware. You'll only end up crippling programs and Windows itself.
     
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    But what about empty values, registry errors, etc.? Just alter those manually (safely of course) if absolutely necessary?
     
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    There is nothing to be gained by "cleaning" the registry. Most so called "registry errors" or "empty values" have their purpose.

    Even after a fresh Windows install, a registry cleaner will still find "errors" to fix! :rolleyes:
     
  9. jiml8

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    Comodo is the current top-rated firewall, but I've found online armor to be easier to deal with. Comodo warns about everything and takes awhile to train. This is a good thing, but for some period of time after you install it, it is a nuisance. Also, if you really expect it to work as you want it to work, you have to pay attention to every warning it gives you and google each and every program it is asking you about in order to decide if you want to allow that program to run or not.

    Now, this is a good thing...if you understand what it is telling you. If you do not understand, or do not wish to take the time to understand, then it is not a good thing.

    Online Armor has the same capability to stop everything and ask you about everything, but it starts out with a long list of "trusted" apps that it won't ask you about. That list of trusted apps is probably acceptable for most people under most circumstances.

    For my own purposes, that was not acceptable (I won't go into the reasons...suffice it to say that my Windows installations are only allowed on the 'net on a VERY short leash...) so I in fact set Online Armor to ask me about everything (just as comodo would) and I trained it.

    Point is that Online Armor might be easier for you to get going with than comodo is. This, of course, would be your decision to make.

    You might also want to take a look at spyware blaster. I find that utility to be useful and non-intrusive.
     
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