Less resource-intensive A/V and firewall?

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In order to be allowed to connect to my employer's network at home, I'm
required to have anti-virus and firewall software installed. They
provide Symantec Protection Agent 5.1 and Symantec Anti-Virus
10.something, and that's what I've been using for a long time.

The software works fine on my "real" PC and laptop, but I have an old
Thinkpad 600E with a Pentium II and only about 290MB RAM [odd number, I
know: 256MB+32MB on the motherboard]. The machine takes forever to start
up due to the startup scans and the periodic A/V scans bring the machine
to a virtual halt all the time.

I sit behind a hardware firewall, so the software firewall doesn't have
to be too bright, but I do like SPA's ability to block or warn about
apps that try to "phone home."

Is there something (much) more lightweight that provides decent
protection? Since I've been using this free stuff, I haven't looked at
what's on the market for years.

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Bert Hyman    St. Paul, MN    bert@iphouse.com

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On 08/17/2008 12:46 PM, Bert Hyman sent:
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I'm sure other like reports have been done.  Here's one I like:

   <http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/

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1PW

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| In order to be allowed to connect to my employer's network at home, I'm
| required to have anti-virus and firewall software installed. They
| provide Symantec Protection Agent 5.1 and Symantec Anti-Virus
| 10.something, and that's what I've been using for a long time.

| The software works fine on my "real" PC and laptop, but I have an old
| Thinkpad 600E with a Pentium II and only about 290MB RAM [odd number, I
| know: 256MB+32MB on the motherboard]. The machine takes forever to start
| up due to the startup scans and the periodic A/V scans bring the machine
| to a virtual halt all the time.

| I sit behind a hardware firewall, so the software firewall doesn't have
| to be too bright, but I do like SPA's ability to block or warn about
| apps that try to "phone home."

| Is there something (much) more lightweight that provides decent
| protection? Since I've been using this free stuff, I haven't looked at
| what's on the market for years.

| --
| Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com

Use the built-in WinXP SP3 FireWall and Avira AntiVir.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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David H. Lipman wrote:
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Is the sp3 firewall a noticable improvement over sp2 firewall?

Gaz



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| Is the sp3 firewall a noticable improvement over sp2 firewall?

| Gaz


No.  I mention that only because XP should be at SP3 level.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Does the built-in firewall allow control over outbound connections?

--
Bert Hyman    St. Paul, MN    bert@iphouse.com

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| Does the built-in firewall allow control over outbound connections?

To some degree, yes.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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