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Tricky1

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Hi,
I currently protect my system with Norton antvirus 2002, this came bundled with my system (Compaq presario 6000, XP home).

And my only firewall is the built in one.

I have adaware and spybot which I run, and I have just got Regcleaner (for better or worse!)



I'm sure this is not protection enough but I'm really unsure of what else to add, ask a 100 people and get a 100 differant answers it seems. So what would people recommend. I'm not sure in my Norton protects against trojans, is there a decent all in one protection software out there that will cover virus/trojan/spyware and firewall issues or am i talking stoopid?

I don't mind paying to get it if its good.

I use Yahoo instant messenger quite a bit too, I don't know if this is an issue with protection software or even if its sensible to use yahoo messanger in the first place.

Hope the above makes sense to someone, thanx in advance
 
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Originally posted by Tricky1:
is there a decent all in one protection software out there that will cover virus/trojan/spyware and firewall issues
I believe no! Install Trojan Hunter and free Kerio firewall
to have good protection.
There is not a very good freeware program for Trojans.
(SwatIt is freeware,I use it,but it is only once a month updated...)
 

Tricky1

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thanx a lot Edsod for your reply, (so quick!) :)

I'll check them out, so do you think I should keep my norton anti virus? The updates end in march unless i renew sub, I'm happy with it, its stopped a couple of virus recently with no probs but no one ever seems to rate it on these kind of sites so I didn't know if there was a better one.
 
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Keep Norton .
As for XP's firewall,I've read that it doesn't do a good job.
Norton is not very good for trojans as all AntiVirus programs.
(One alternative to Norton is Nod32.
Some people say it is even better...)
 
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The XP firewall provides some protection from incoming threats but none against outgoing trojans or other programs trying to access the internet. There are several good free firewalls - Zone Alarm, Sygate and Kerio as well as the ones you purchase.

I'd recommend you get one of them and disable the XP firewall when you install a new one.
 

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Originally posted by edsod:
Keep Norton .
As for XP's firewall,I've read that it doesn't do a good job.
Norton is not very good for trojans as all AntiVirus programs.
(One alternative to Norton is Nod32.
Some people say it is even better...)
The Norton Firewall does an excellent job, providing Automatic Internet Access Control is disabled, and you're the one that decides what applications have access.

As for Norton Antivirus, it's pretty good, and it's trojan detection is actually slightly superior to Nod32's.
Nod32 is the marginally better antivirus, though.

For the record, I'm running Nod32 myself, and Look n Stop as a firewall, so that noone will acuse me of being partial to Symantec products... :D

But Norton Internet Security is actually a pretty powerful, although incredibly bloated package.

My choice however: Nod 32 and LooknStop, as I already said, and BOClean, TDS-3, or TRojan Hunter as a dedicated antitrojan.
 

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Thanx guys, I'm leaning slightly toward Norton as it seems to cover most things except the Trojan protection.

However what do you mean Tony when you say 'over bloated'?
 

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Well, it's a huge program, and it "eats" a lot of system resources.

However, I reread this thread, and you're running Norton Antivirus only.

Keep it. It's fine. You might just want to update your virus definitions on a daily basis using Intelligent Updater, and not rely on LiveUpdate alone:

<A HREF="http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/defs.download.html">Symantec - Virus Definitions Download Page</A>

Once a week really isn't enough, with all these new virus strains continually appearing on the scene.

As for the firewall, follow Suzi's advice: disable the XP firewall, and choose a third party solution.
 

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Thanks Tony, all your comments (and everyone elses!) are really appreciated, its a minefield out there!!! :D

Just a couple of other related things

Has anyone been to Sheilds Up ( www.grc.com ?)

I was recommended it by someone, it tries to probe ur PC for security issues, I had a clean sweep all the way!!!! It says as far as anyone is concerned I don't exist!!!!

I don't know how reliable this site is I'll check out some others if anyone knows them?

Does Norton include parental software as my son has just got into gaming (and a bit of surfing) and as everyone knows IE's content rater is a bit useless?
 
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Tony

I've got a new XP comp and I've just put Zonealarm free firewall on it - I didn't disable the XP firewall - thinking 2 is better than 1 - however if you recomend to disable it, then this I shall do - but I would like to know why it is better to have it disabled.

thanks

steam
 

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It's never a good idea to run two or more of practically anything in tandem, especially when you're talking about antiviruses or firewalls.

It's a recipe for problems: when push comes to shove, they might dispute each other the right to deal with an intruder or other baddie, with possible dire consequences.
 
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Tony

I thought a connection would go through one then the other, I never thought of them as competing with each other - however, point taken - XP firewall is now disabled

thanks

steam
 

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Thanx Tony, nice to know at least you think GRC is reliable.
Why I questioned it was because as my first thread states I have Norton AV and the XP firewall only, which I feel is insufficent however GRC said I had a cool(!) system cos it appears offline if it appears at all. Perhaps compaq add some stuff I don't know about!
 

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Tricky1,

If your firewall is correctly configured, Shields Up (or any other test) will indeed show your ports as "stealthed" which is a good thing.
 
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