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post #11 of 19
I use avast antivirus too. I gotta say, I love it, I honestly find it better than most other anti virus software including Norton. It's easy to use, free and does a great job of keeping my pc clean as a whistle.

*edit* forgot to mention, I've been using it for about 2-3 years.
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post #12 of 19
Avast and Comodo for me!
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ive just installed comodo firewall (free) (which has passed all tests unlike other firewalls) its very good on system recourses and really easy to use, i use it with nod 32 and result no viruses for atleast one year and no lag even on a 1 ghz pc
    
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Avast & Windows Defender, Awesome! (takes 4ever to scan though...)
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I would use comodo but its not x64 compatible... sigh.
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post #16 of 19
Kaspersky is awesome too. Generally regarded as the best.
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post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
Avast is my personal choice of the free anti-viruses. You should not need a firewall, as most modern routers have a hardware firewall built in that is better than most anything software.

The other day Probn brought up a new antivirus/firewall that looked pretty interesting, I'll see if I can't find his new link.

The fact that you are wireless dosn't add much at all to your security needs, just make sure that you encrypt your network somehow to avoid wifi-warriors. (WEP, WPA, etc)
Don't know if I agree with the thinking that you are safe enough as long as you have a router. Routers get you 80% there as far as safety but 20% is still a big hole for a clever hacker to drive through. I think running a router and a software based firewall is the way to go and with so many free/cheap ones out there, there isn't much reason not to.
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post #18 of 19
While I install Avast! on other peoples machines, I find AVG free to be enough of a always on scanner virus protecter. Avast! was too dumbed down for me, kept wigging out on programming tools. Like wpe pro. it's a packet scanner, yet according to Avast! it's evil reincarnated.
AVG Free doesn't usually hassle me beyond once on something.
I also have ClamWin (ClamAV) installed as a backup. It's not doing the real time protection stuff, which is perfect.

I've been using MS's firewall, but I have a feeling it's not as secure as people think. I think people have found ways around it. Not sure yet though, have to do some more testing. But the reason I like MS's firewall, is because it's not really intrusive, and you can easy tell it to not allow some program thru.
Zone Alarm used to be my favorite, but they've dumbed the program down so bad that you can't actually set it up for anything decent. I guess maybe I could if I bought the pro version or something, but screw that.

If someones just using dialup, then a firewall's not needed. But the difference between a firewall on a router and windows firewall is the type of stuff they are stopping. The router's firewall is about ports. You block ports, you open ports, you let this mac use this port, so on. Windows Firewall is mostly about program control. You let this program access this port, you let this program just network on the local net, this program never gets to talk home. You can't do that with a routers firewall (that i know of, maybe someone's changed that).
Let's say I have a copy of quake 4. It's pirated, so I don't want it talking to it's home base. I don't know what port it uses, let's say it's using a random port. I guess with the router it's okay because I have all ports blocked off, but what if it happened to pick a port that wasn't blocked off? Can the router keep the quake program from using the port? No, not unless there's been some changes in the routers firewalls capabilities.
But with a windows firewall, that sort of thing is very easy to do.
    
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post #19 of 19
ok here is the scoop. If you have a NAT router u don't need a software firewall. It is ok to have one but they will interfear with each other and it will slow you down. Next I use COMODO it passes all leaktests and it's free. For spyware i use SPYWARE DOCTOR and for AV i use NOD32. If you have money go for those. If no for spyware i'm not sure but for AV i would go with AVG or something like that.
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