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dazza9806482
03-09-2005, 02:29 AM
Hi guys.

My Macafee subscription is coming up for renewal yet again and im getting a bit sick of paying yearly for the security centre.

what are the best free anti-virus and firewall programs, and do they have a similar ease of use?

macafee firewall for example will just basically ask each time a prog attempts to connect to the net, and its dead easy to use.

ive become a million times more pc literate from when i got my puter a year ago, but should i just pay for the official software and not risk it?

i realised the other day that if my computer failed significantly and i lost all my stuff i would probably have a breakdown...

F19_Ob
03-09-2005, 03:08 AM
Keep paying yearly. Its a smal cost for a whole year.

Still use ad-aware and spybot-SD though. They are free and find stuff that virusprogs dont.
If u dont have them see links.

ad aware:
http://www.lavasoft.de/ms/index.htm

Spybot-SD:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

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DD_NL
03-09-2005, 03:13 AM
Firewall: Zonealarm (free)
http://www.zonelabs.com/

Antivirus: AVG Antivirus (free)
http://www.grisoft.com/

Edit: Norton and McAfee are bloatware. I used to have Norton, but it uses way too many resources and alot of viruses are designed to first criple norton or turn it off alltogether.

MaxMhz
03-09-2005, 03:47 AM
Using AVG and Kerio PF (http://www.kerio.com/us/kpf_download.html) here.

Using ad- and spyware stoppers is a very good idea too.

Firewall keeps hackers out
AV software keeps viruses and worms out
Adware software keeps ads out
Spyware software keeps spyware out

Untill some d*d hacker makes a complete new version.

And don't ever take your firewall down! not even for IL2

Badsight.
03-09-2005, 04:01 AM
i highly reccomend Sygates Firewall , keeps you well stealthy

the standard windows firewall in SP2 version is actually doing a good job tho

JG52Uther
03-09-2005, 05:19 AM
AVG antivirus (free) and Mcaffee firewall (luckily that comes free with my isp)+ microsoft Antispy,Ad-aware,spybot and Webroot spysweeper!(yes i'm paranoid) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Monson74
03-09-2005, 05:42 AM
AVG here too - no probs so far http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

dazza9806482
03-09-2005, 06:19 AM
Thanks for the responses guys

I am kinda worried about taking the leap to a free piece of software and ditching something that has worked well for a year and a half.

Like Uther i am extremely paranoid. A significant amount of necessary tinkering and tweaking would also not be of much use to me either.... dont have the time, prefer to do more interesting computer stuff

I often wonder if my paranoia is due to the companies own self-interested promotion of the dangers of viruses and the constant threat.

I should probably get a backup device too, its at the point now where a significant failure would make me lose everything.....

Bearcat99
03-09-2005, 06:23 AM
AVG is good...... I use it on 4 of the 5 PCs in my house. When my current Norton subscription runs out Ill be using it on this one too.

rummyrum
03-09-2005, 06:38 AM
Put yourself behind a hardware firewall and run virus protection every so often. Software firewalls are a headache!

DD_NL
03-09-2005, 08:41 AM
And if you want to test how secure your computer really is, go here:

https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

and do the ShieldsUp test.

Cess-SGTRoc
03-09-2005, 08:49 AM
AVG Free version is just a good as the payied for versions of the other Co. You will not have a issue with it. I have been running it for a few years now without a glitch. And it has caught a few viruses trying to get into my machine while in a game. I see no reason to buy one at this time. Now if you where a big company that needed it for a networking system, that would be something else all together.

BaldieJr
03-09-2005, 09:16 AM
You get what you pay for.

I recomend Fortigate equipment, if you can afford it.

Raptor_20thFG
03-09-2005, 09:17 AM
Piss on Norton I use AVG as well no Problems as for firewall I hide behind a router

Jumoschwanz
03-09-2005, 12:05 PM
First I don't do a lot of downloading so I don't ever get viruses in the first place. I keep my Win2000 patched. When I do get a glitch or suspected virus, I install Panda Titanium free trial version, I update it, run it, then uninstall it until I think I need it again. It is a great antivirus. Been doing this for years.

F19_Orheim
03-09-2005, 02:28 PM
Free antivirus is C-R-@-P!! It's just there for you to FEEL safe, not necessarily KEEP you safe. Buy and Pay, the only way if you want to be SOMEWHAT safe (there are never guarantees)

I am a Norton subscriber, I THINK it's ok

MaxMhz
03-09-2005, 03:10 PM
lol Orheim - are you sure that's not just a feeling?
Every test I have seen on AV software puts AVG firmly ontop of Norton AV http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Norton's software in no way is better than AVG, and the Norton Firewalls take far too much system resources (to the point where they influence your online bandwidth even).

Believe me - I've tried, tested and disgarded Norton.

crazyivan1970
03-09-2005, 03:35 PM
using ZA for both, firewall and AV... not free, but money well spent http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I value my data too much to cheapen out on 40 bucks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

salthill
03-09-2005, 03:42 PM
hi
on this subject i've a real prob with Instant Access dialer trying to install. the Microsoft spyware is picking it up but this IA is killing me any of u guys know a definative fix for this
cheers

F19_Orheim
03-09-2005, 06:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MaxMhz:
lol Orheim - are you sure that's not just a feeling?
Every test I have seen on AV software puts AVG firmly ontop of Norton AV http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Norton's software in no way is better than AVG, and the Norton Firewalls take far too much system resources (to the point where they influence your online bandwidth even).

Believe me - I've tried, tested and disgarded Norton. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

touché http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif