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Old 09-23-2007, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I currently have a subscription to Trend Micro PC Cillin Internet Security 2006, which expires on 10/31/07. Once it does, I'm switching to the free stuff! I have another computer here that has the free AVG anti-virus program and it works great so far.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:06 PM
 
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+1 for Nod32. Also, Trend Micro is probably the best out there. As far as I know, nobody responds faster to new viruses/threats. I say +1 for Nod32 over Trend Micro because it is lightweight.

I haven't used an anti-virus in over a year. I use a firewall to monitor network traffic, and monitor my processes manually.

Educating yourself is time better spent than finding the "right" software. Otherwise, your computer will slow to a crawl...and another mac user is born.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: South East UK
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AVG and Zonealarm.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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I switched recently to Kaspersky 7.0 and like what seems to be quite a bit of control over everything. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-04-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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AVAST professional, but they now have a free home version that only requires that you register it.

avast! antivirus software - computer virus, worm and Trojan protection by ALWIL Software

Run multiple spyware proggies and of course hijack this.

Firewalls are a dime a dozen but Zone Alarm and Sygate are good basic choices and for more advanced home users, check out Comodo
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Somewhere along the path to where I'd like to be.
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I concur with those who recommend Avast. I've been using it for a while now and have never encountered any problems with it. No viruses, no glitches in how my computer runs....nothing. If I can avoid it, I'll never go back to using any of the big-name programs. They just mess up my system and I don't enjoy fighting with my computer because of them.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:53 PM
 
Location: South Central PA
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Ad-aware has always worked for me, including the time I had 4 worms. Norton was attacked and couldn't find the worms.
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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When it comes to your computer's security, I would never trust a single line of defense.

Make sure you are running under a limited user account instead of an administrators account if you are on windows. Use one of the name brand anti-virus programs, firewall of choice, and at least one anti-spyware program such as ad-aware, spybot, spy sweeper or whatever floats your boat.

Also, from time to time, go to one of the third party sites such as Trend Micro's online scan and do a complete scan as well.

Most importantly, just use common sense. don't open attachments from folks you don't know, or click on links to pages you don't know where they came from, etc...
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Somewhere along the path to where I'd like to be.
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This is probably drifting a bit off-topic, but something else to keep in mind is that hackers are now finding ways to hide viruses and other spyware inside online videos. Anytime you see someone posting a link to a video - especially if the person is new to the boards, or has very few posts - you may want to think twice before clicking on the link.

Check out this news story at Yahoo (broken link) .
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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Many good ISPs provide a complete security suite of anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall for no charge as part of the service package. My cable high speed internet provider does, and they send out updates on a regular basis to block new viruses. My PC is 3 or 4 years old and seems to run fine, I've never had any virus issues. I run spyware checks frequently to make sure my computer is not a robot under the control of some hacker's PC.
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