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I use Avast! its free and its doing an amazing job on virus.
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what AV software do u recommend, antimalware, firewall, etc to secure your setup? is a software firewall necessary if you are behind a properly set up router? is AVG antivirus and/or windows defender any good?
AVG is a good free AV program. I use it on all but my main PC. I use Norton AV on my main PC, mainly because I use System Works, which has Norton AV built in.

I've only ever used the built in XP firewall. Hackers are rarely concerned with the hundreds of millions of home users, it's mainly big organisations, web servers etc that seem to be considered worthwhile targets. I assume Vista has a built in firewall too, so imo that is probably good enough for home use as a firewall.

I currently also have a Netgear router and a separate Netgear wireless AP, both which have security features turned on. I believe the router has both a hardware and software firewall built in, which alone is sufficient, but with the XP built in firewall is much more security than a home user really needs.

If you want to duplicate the built in Windows firewall protection (which imo is all you'd really be doing if you install a separate software firewall for home use) you might want to look into using Zone Alarm as a free option. I've used it before on Windows 2K machines that don't have a firewall and it's pretty good. Also, unlike Norton Personal Firewall, it doesn't needlessly hog system resources to do it's job.

Basic firewall protection is just closing off ports that are not in use and stopping incoming WAN (or even LAN) access to your PC, not allowing ping responses and the like. Clever stuff like “stealthing†ports, or discovering who is attempting access are good features, but not really all that necessary for a home user imo. With this in mind, I'd go for free software, like Zone Alarm, rather than pay for something with more bells and whistles. Also, AVG is a good free AV I can recommend.

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I concur. AV SW is highly over-rated. A router will protect you. I run AVG because it has a small footprint unlike some AV SW which seems to think the whole purpose of the PC is to run AV SW.

If you are a Networking nut the easiest way to protect your entire LAN is by using a Dummy PC as a front end and use that as a Browser...it could be any outdated rig you can find...how much power does webbrowsing take?

Keep your HTPC/Cruncher/Gamer rigs offline: that's ultimate safety, or connect through the Dummy PC. Anything nasty coming in will only take out your sacrifical rig.
bah.. thats a waste of electricity imo.. i guess the router is fine for firewall.. but i've noticed AVG's resident shield hogging 40 mb of ram.. that may not seem like alot to many for me it is is memory usage the big concern, or just cpu cycles? is avg free even effective?
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Common Sense v3.0, Windows XP Reformat Disc. Best tools ever.
See. i love that AV, however common sense v3.0 isn't very user friendly. It not compotiable with random user .9.0.1 or with girlfriend v2.0.
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See. i love that AV, however common sense v3.0 isn't very user friendly. It not compotiable with random user .9.0.1 or with girlfriend v2.0.
hahah, So true.
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What do y'all think of these Yoggie products?

http://yoggie.com/products

Especially the Gatekeeper Pico and the Gatekeeper Pro. I can't wait for the second generation of their products to come out, I think I'll be on board.
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What do y'all think of these Yoggie products?

http://yoggie.com/products

Especially the Gatekeeper Pico and the Gatekeeper Pro. I can't wait for the second generation of their products to come out, I think I'll be on board.

I think it is a bunch of overpriced BS that really isn't necessary. You should just get a light-weight anti virus program, set it, and forget it.

The worst thing that could happen is you having to reformat, am I right?
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I use Avast, custom installing it for whatever PC it is to be run on. I never install the outlook feature, mainly I just use the network shield, P2P shield, standard shield, and web shield (which its the greatest thing since sliced bread) I know I know, only porn sites supposedly have malware, but you'd be surprised at the number of innocent looking links I've clicked on and it stopped them from loading.

AVG is a close second, I really haven't noticed any differences between Avast and AVG for system resource usage.
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I use AVG, Zone Alarm and Ad-Aware
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