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Old 12-04-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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You may also consider using the Firefox browser that has many free ad blocking extensions that are very effective. Most notably is the script blocker which is simply a must have in my opinion.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You may also consider using the Firefox browser that has many free ad blocking extensions that are very effective. Most notably is the script blocker which is simply a must have in my opinion.
Firefox, Opera, etc. are considered safer browsers (sometimes called second generation" browsers); they're also inherently safer, or least for now, because most mal-ware is written to exploit holes in Internet Explorer's security.
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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Firefox, Opera, etc. are considered safer browsers (sometimes called second generation" browsers); they're also inherently safer, or least for now, because most mal-ware is written to exploit holes in Internet Explorer's security.
Like anything, because Internet Explorer is the most popular for so long it is the largest target to those who wish to exploit it. However, Internet Explorer base code was written at a time when the vast majority of these exploits were not only known but unfathomable as well. I recently read a good piece on where pre-IE7, the code was just so lousy that it was a sieve.

I am of the opinion that currently Firefox is the standard that other browsers should look to for the general population. It is easy to use, it is fairly safe, and it is also expandable and adaptable, most notably with the extra security features available to the general public for free.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Oops. I meant SpyBot S&D in my earlier post . . . not SpyBoy. ;-)
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:47 AM
 
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Personal Edition Avira

Report: little-known AV packages outdo those of Symantec, McAfee, Microsoft
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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Thanks to all of you. I am so fed up with the perfomance problems caused by Norton, that I want to switch. I don't care if the software costs money, but I just want to stop the performance issues.

So Kaspersky? Do I need anything else? I only use my computer for email and internet, I'm not networked, but I am wireless (security enabled router)

FYI - I have XP, and use Firefox.

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Old 02-04-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Lived Large in Parsippany NJ - Lived Larger in Livingston, NJ -- Now Living Huge in Bethlehem PA
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Default Cant go wrong with Kaspersky

Kaspersky is the way to go if you can afford to shell a few $$$$....!!!!

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Kaspersky is excellent - top rated, reliable, doesn't dog your system too badly, and you can do a 30 day free trial without limitations to test it out. I've been using it on my WinTel machines for several months without issue. I had used Norton for a couple years but decided not only was it expensive to renew, but the performance zing my computers had with it active was atrocious. Try Kaspersky, I think you'll be pleased.
Antivirus Software: Kaspersky Lab - Protection Against Malware and Cybercrime
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Oz
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Go to Download.com and get AVG Free. It does the job, and doesn't cost anything.
Exactly this.
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you. I am so fed up with the perfomance problems caused by Norton, that I want to switch. I don't care if the software costs money, but I just want to stop the performance issues.

So Kaspersky? Do I need anything else? I only use my computer for email and internet, I'm not networked, but I am wireless (security enabled router)

FYI - I have XP, and use Firefox.
I've used AVG, Avast, Kapersky, Spybot, and Ad-aware.

I also periodically use the online scanners from CA, Panda, and others.

I know some people that keep two separate PCS, one for browsing and downloading and a second for conducting transactions with their banks, brokerages, stores, etc. The second PC only uses the firewall that comes with Vista because there's no files being downloaded that could compromise its security.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I'm glad I'm not the only one having performance issues with Norton. It causes my PC programs to crawl. What good is an anti-virus system if its protection hampers your PC to the point where it feels like you already DO have a virus?! I usually just turn it off now.
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