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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Danboy, Apr 19, 2005.

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  1. Danboy

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    Hi, just a quick question. I have turned off the firewall that came with my new computer. I am using Windows XP. Do I need to install Sygate also or will Spybot and Ad Aware be enough to keep me protected? :confused:

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  2. 400025

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    running with no firewall is not recomended. while spybot and adaware are very good at detecting and preventing spyware they wont protect your computer from viruses or hackers I would look into getting a good firewall antivirus combo, you could do worse than norton.
     
  3. John Burns

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    Like WHAT???? lol! I dropped Norton last year after using them about four years - now have Sygate Firewall and AVG AntiVirus - plus AdAware, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster and Microsoft AntiSpyware, Danboy.

    Just kidding you 4000025 - I dropped Norton after I renewed my NAV2003 and was advised (by Symantec) that they would no longer support it - sour grapes on my part, I guess. Have been happy with AVG/Sygate combo on two home network computers.
     
  4. Danboy

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    Thanks for the info. I will install Sygate now.
     
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    Actually - it depends. The firewall with XP is an excellent firewall, but it basically duplicates the hardware firewall that you may have in your router if you have one. The benefit of a ZA or sygate firewall is that it monitors outgoing traffic too in addition to protecting your ports.

    Spybot and adaware are tools that detect and remove most malware/spyware. The teatimer tool lets you know when something tries to change your registry and the resident protection functions a lot like spywareblaster - blocks unwanted cookies being installed from known bad sites. Firewalls do not help with these things...doc
     
  6. Danboy

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    So do you mean that if I am not using a router, the firewall that came with XP will do what I need? So I do not need to download and install Sygate. I am a bit confused.
     
  7. Dude044

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    Danboy i would switch off the xp firewall,and install a firewall/antivirus aswell as running spybot and ad aware .
     
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    I would focus mostly on MS AntiSpyware since you are running windows xp. You can run Adaware side by side with it but Spybot has seen better days. That's just my own professional opinion.
     
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    Danboy:

    You definitely want to use a firewall, especially if you have a DSL or cable high-speed "always on" connection.

    The built-in Windows XP firewall only works one way. Sygate and ZoneAlarm work both ways - inbound and outbound. If you use a third-party firewall, turn off the built-in Windows XP firewall.
     
  10. joniuk

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    I think the best Anti Virus Program is AVG, or even AVG Free. I am running AVG 7 Pro. Also, Kerio Personal Firewall is the best at home Firewall I have ever come across. This combination works brilliantly together. I am also running Ad-aware 6.0 and Spybot Search&Destroy.
     
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    Joniuk:

    If you're using AD-AWARE 6.0, it's been outdated for quite awhile and will no longer accept and install new updated files. You need to upgrade to AD-AWARE SE PERSONAL 1.05. After you install it, make sure to run its "check for updates" function about once a week.

    You might also check and make sure you have the current version of SPYBOT, which is 1.4 RC1.

    You can download both of them from the spyware tools section at www.majorgeeks.com
     
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