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What Security Suite???

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by robmd, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. robmd

    robmd Thread Starter

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    Evening All!!

    For a few years, I have been running Norton Systemworks and Norton Personal Firewall on my computer. Last time I tried to load the newer version (2005) it wouldn't work, even though I cleaned out all I could find of Symantec. Eventually I re-installed the 2003 version, which is due for renewal soon.

    I don't like the Mc Afee offering which IMO is too restrictive and resource hungry.

    Any ideas as to which Antivirus and Firewall is worth having? I have used AVG in the past, but is it effective in the free version or is the paid version better?
    I also have a trial edition of Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security.
    I have used the Panda website to check for problems, but what is the workstation edition like?

    Any ideas appreciated before I spend some hard earned cash on updating my security programs.

    PS I don't require SPAM or Ad Blockers.
     
  2. MFDnNC

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    AVG (Free) and Zone Alarm (Free) are just fine and not bloated like Norton/McAfee
     
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    I use Trends PC-Cillin 2005 you pay for it but they are bang up todate and its used by a shedload of businesses in the uk I would personally recommend as i used NAV in the past and had many problems with it . you get good customer contact with Trend too
     
  4. robmd

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    Evening reidy100

    I know what you mean about customer service (or lack of it!) with Symantec. It was better before Symantec took it over.
    I'll have a look at PC Cillin.

    Evening MFDnSC

    I have used AVG in the past - I used it from when it first came out (it wasn't free then) until I went on to Norton. I don't know if the paid version is any better than the freebie, which is a good program - I don't know how long it will remain free now that AVG has been sold (can't remember who to).
    I'm not so sure about Zone Alarm. Updates are not regular - does this make it less effective???

    Thanks for your comments guys!!!
     
  5. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I recall the advice here at TSG to stay away from suites, 'do it all combos.' Much better to have discrete programs. Below is what I have been using for some time with success.
    {redoak}

    ZoneLabs free firewall
    AVG anti-virus
    Ad-Aware SE
    Xoftspy
    Microsoft AntiSpyware
    Spybot S and D
    SpywareGuard
    SpywareBlaster
    EWIDO- extended trial version
    CWShredder
    Bazooka

    Note: ‘Xoftspy’ was once considered a ‘rouge’ but recently has been given a ‘clean bill of health.’
     
  6. robmd

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    Evening redoak!

    Discrete progs seem the way to go, I already run most of the ones you list, with the exception of Bazooka and Xoftspy. Ewido I have run, but don't have it resident on my system.
    I think I will probably go for Zone Alarm and AVG. Isn't there another freebie Firewall? I recall seeing one discussed a while back, and most people were impressed with it.

    Thanks for you replies guys, it helps to have a few independent comments on these issues.
     
  7. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    robmd: I believe the other good, free firewall is "Sygate." I signed up for "Xoftspy" long before I began visiting TSG. I would not pay for it now, but use it since I have it. Occasionally it does pick up malware that others do not. Could be a 'false positive,' but I don't delete unless I am sure the item is not important to my system.
    {redoak}
     
  8. robmd

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    Evening redoak!

    Thanks for that, I'll go and have a look at it. I know Zone Alarm is well regarded, but it is not updated very often and I wonder just how effective it is - a false sense of security can be a dangerous thing!!!
     
  9. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    robmd: I am not technically competent, but I suspect that the way a firewall works does not require 'updates' in the sense that they are for anti-virus and anti- spyware programs. Updated "versions" are made available from time to time, however. Further, I know "ZA" is working for me, and it must be for others, since it receives good notices.
    {redoak}
     
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