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I've collected a bunch of free (or almost free) programs for preventing
malware from entering a computer and detecting any already present:
AdAware, AVG, Avast, Avira, SpyBoy, Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware. I'm
sure there are lots of others that I don't know about.

Any suggestions for program combinations that will prevent most of the
bad stuff from ever getting into my computer? I'm looking for
thoroughness, compatible with each other, and minimal slowdown of
incoming material of all sorts (mainly email, photos, videos, music).
XP, SP3, OS.

(I know this kind of question often triggers flame wars, but I hope this
doesn't happen here.)

One of the things I didn't like about AVG (or was it Avast?) was that it
was daily downloading huge update files, make the computer sluggish
while the d/l was in progress. I find it hard to believe that there are
that many new threats every day. I suspect it is a marketing ploy to
exaggerated the dangers. Then again, I may just be naive, but the other
programs don't update anywhere near as often.

Thanks for your advice.

Ray

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While not FREE I wanted to make mention (concerning your remark about
Avast large-sized daily updates) that Norton 2010 AV and NIS utilize
"Pulse Update" technology and it works as you might think from the name
used. On my NIS 2010 installation I get these pulse updates every few
minutes which take a couple seconds at most each update to keep one's
Norton security product fully updated. I like that approach very much.
Not only is it resource conservative but unlike those AV products that
do scheduled 'daily updates' you are not left vulnerable to new threats
waiting for tomorrow's 'daily update'  

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| I've collected a bunch of free (or almost free) programs for preventing
| malware from entering a computer and detecting any already present:
| AdAware, AVG, Avast, Avira, SpyBoy, Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware. I'm
| sure there are lots of others that I don't know about.

| Any suggestions for program combinations that will prevent most of the
| bad stuff from ever getting into my computer? I'm looking for
| thoroughness, compatible with each other, and minimal slowdown of
| incoming material of all sorts (mainly email, photos, videos, music).
| XP, SP3, OS.

| (I know this kind of question often triggers flame wars, but I hope this
| doesn't happen here.)

| One of the things I didn't like about AVG (or was it Avast?) was that it
| was daily downloading huge update files, make the computer sluggish
| while the d/l was in progress. I find it hard to believe that there are
| that many new threats every day. I suspect it is a marketing ploy to
| exaggerated the dangers. Then again, I may just be naive, but the other
| programs don't update anywhere near as often.

| Thanks for your advice.

| Ray

All the software in the world will NOT protect you if you do bot follow Safe Hex
practices.

That's what you need to learn.

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



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On Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:26:43 -0500, "David H. Lipman"

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That's a true story..the best 'Security Suite' is between your ears.

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Snort, on a dedicated firewall?

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It kinda has to 'be there' to be detected, no?

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All of those require the malware to be 'on the computer'.

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A dedicated firewall appliance running with your choice of tools.

Otherwise, you will have to analyse "on your machine" what was accepted.

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Bring it on, troublemaker! :o)

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All you've told us so far is that you want lots of protection running
but don't want the rest of the running programs to appear slower. Well,
that just isn't going to happen unless you take my suggestion about a
dedicated device.

I'm running Avira's AntiVir (free version) on my XP machine and Alwil's
Avast! (free version) on my Vista machine. I use Malwarebytes'
Anti-Malware (free) on my XP machine because that's the one I take the
most chances with - but some people like to have an antimalware with
active protection too (both SuperAntiSpyware and MBAM have paid versions
that have active protection IIRC).

More and more, scanners are going 'wide spectrum' and start to interfere
with one another. Your paid versions of AV have added value such as
anti-spyware modules and privacy nannies, they may interfere with your
chosen AS or privacy enhancing software.



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All you need is Microsoft Security Essentials and the Windows firewall.
The usual safe hex rules apply and keeping your computer OS and *all*
software up to date with any security updates and patches.
Microsoft can be trusted to protect their OS, despite what a few
individuals might think.

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Why would it. We call it discussion here ;)

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You work for Microsoft, don't you?   <lol>

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   -bts


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On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:42:33 -0500, "Beauregard T. Shagnasty"

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No, just a realist ;)

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Everyone's preferences are different, but whatever you do don't run two
on-access scanners at once. Bad idea.

My preferred set up is NOD32 augmented with the on-demand version of
Malwarebytes. It has been more than adequate for my needs.


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