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Byteman

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Hi, That's a loaded question! If we all chipped in a reply so you could "count votes" you'd have quite a day or two....
Many of us use free antivirus programs, along with online scans now and then to cross-check any installed a/v app. Many of us use Norton a/v, McAfee is very common also as these two are commonly preinstalled on computers when you buy....the free period expires and then you must pay a small amount per year for the signature file updates...that allow you to keep current for detection and removal of any virus. I and many here use AVG free edition.... I also use EZTRUST free bundled firewall/antivirus that is good until around June 04....the deal with Microsoft is scheduled to expire then, and it will probably be a subscription program afterward. There are several other good free a/v programs, which I am sure you will hear about.... You should not have more than one running at any time, though you can install more and set them to NOT START when Windows does, turn other off or on to use the second.
A quick Google search will give you many sources for them.
Along with and a/v program, you of course must check for trojans, worms, etc and these days, ad-related junk. For adware, there are two main free programs that we rely on: Spybot and Ad-Aware.
There are also spyware preventers...such as Spywareblaster and SpywareGuard- free. We are seeing the arrival of several very good anti-adjunk programs, and sadly some not so good ones....can be confusing stuff.
Generally, the top of the line antivirus programs will all work very well for you, whether free or pay-for. You should use the online scanners, too, and scan for other things... there are specialized online trojan port security scans, etc.
Even an instant messenging program these days can present security problems with links that display that are misleading and can hijack your browser or install trojans...
Drive-by hijacking is common, too but preventable by having Internet security tuned right and some ActiveX auto installs blocked by Spywareblaster, SpywareGuard, and a little tool called IE_SPYAD that blocks things. NONE of these programs should interfere with any surfing...they do help with popups and getting infected.
 
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