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I have gone security insane!!!

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Well I will first explain why...

On mothers day I had let my brothers girlfriends daughter ( yea...lol ) use my laptop (which is my main computer for the time being). She somehow managed to get a fair share of problems on it. I had bad cookies, and spyware I presumed. So I ran ad aware, seemed like it cleaned and fixed it. So last night I'm at my friends house and BOOM! I never saw it coming, the computer was barely coming out of sleep mode, couldn't click anything. It was a mess. So I tried to run ad aware, tried running kapersky and the laptop simply didn't want anything to work right. I didn't like the feeling that slowly my laptop was being infected and I had no knowledge it was happing and no way to prevent it from ever starting in the first place.

I grabbed a XP install disc, replaced my vista home premium and whoosh. It's quite a bit faster then vista indeed. But I do not wanna go through that again. I have been lazy with security on this computer and I paid the price.

I love when viruses try to get to you but a program blocks them from ever happening, like the very good firewalls, didn't have one...

I have been looking around and I found the AVG Internet Security package. It says it is: Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam, Web Protection & Firewall. Seems like a pretty good deal for only $54.99 a year. I have heard that AVG is a great company that delivers and provides top notch security. I'd love to just buy it right now but I was hoping for an opinion from you all.

Is this a good deal? I don't care about the price, I just want the programs to be effective and easy to understand. Thanks guys. I'm sure you network buffs got a answer for me!
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Ive been using AVG free for 2 years and never had a problem. There are great free programs out there.
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AVG is indeed, very good. However, there is a free version which only requires you to renew the license periodically. Which is again, free. I use Avast Home Edition, in conjunction with ZoneAlarm and Spybot S+D. This has worked really well for me on XP, but I no longer use Windows so I'm not aware for the moment.

I've heard that the Comodo Packages are extremely good. Refer to Free Security Downloads to find free programs. Pretty much everything up there is alright.

Remember, never use two AV programs at one time. Even simply installing more than one can cause problems.

I don't recommend buying it, but I have no experience with the Paid version, just the free one. The free one is fantastic, so I assume the paid is even better. I see no reason to buy it though, you could most likely get the same protection from ZoneAlarm/Comodo Firewalls and some AV and AS.

I'm skimpy though, and I always try to find free ways to get the equivalent of paid programs. If your intent is to buy it anyway, AVG is a fantastic company, and I would recommend them first followed by a really close second: ZoneAlarm.
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I swear by bitdefender, you can get a good deal if you shop around. It can scan and block accessed files, it can also scan and block http traffic. Great software, vista and xp compatible too . Its also very light on resources and has a game mode to block alerts.
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Originally Posted by Pap3r View Post
AVG is indeed, very good. However, there is a free version which only requires you to renew the license periodically. Which is again, free. I use Avast Home Edition, in conjunction with ZoneAlarm and Spybot S+D. This has worked really well for me on XP, but I no longer use Windows so I'm not aware for the moment.

I've heard that the Comodo Packages are extremely good. Refer to Free Security Downloads to find free programs. Pretty much everything up there is alright.

Remember, never use two AV programs at one time. Even simply installing more than one can cause problems.

I don't recommend buying it, but I have no experience with the Paid version, just the free one. The free one is fantastic, so I assume the paid is even better. I see no reason to buy it though, you could most likely get the same protection from ZoneAlarm/Comodo Firewalls and some AV and AS.

I'm skimpy though, and I always try to find free ways to get the equivalent of paid programs. If your intent is to buy it anyway, AVG is a fantastic company, and I would recommend them first followed by a really close second: ZoneAlarm.
Yea...

Well with the AVG package it seems like everything I really need, in a nice package that a guy like me with not to much networking intel could use when i need to and carry on. I mean, I'm not protecting my life, I would just like something to pop up and say blah blah blah blocked, or blah blah blah found and cleaned. You know? Just something that runs itself, and will keep me safe with me not having to do much work.
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i use avg free and thats all i need. as long as you stay away from shady sites you shouldn't have any problems with malware.
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I suggest you try Bitdefender, there is a 30 day trial, and it only costs $39.95 /year. You only need 'Internet security 2008', the total one doesn't have much more -
http://www.bitdefender.com/site/view...eoficon#sysreq

EDIT: D'oh....forgot I'de already posted on this thread. Sorry guys...too many threads open at once.
Edited by coffeejunky - 5/22/08 at 7:38am
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I use NOD32. There's no free version but I like it - and its scans are very fast - something that has to do with the program and the Vista kernel.

I use free Comodo Firewall WITHOUT the extra security crap that comes with it. The other program I use is the free version of SuperSpyware______ forgot the last word. I just run it once a week to clear out any tracking cookies. I like to mix and match security programs.
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Originally Posted by coffeejunky View Post
I suggest you try Bitdefender, there is a 30 day trial, and it only costs $39.95 /year. You only need 'Internet security 2008', the total one doesn't have much more -
http://www.bitdefender.com/site/view...eoficon#sysreq

EDIT: D'oh....forgot I'de already posted on this thread. Sorry guys...too many threads open at once.
I'd say Bitdefender and AVG are sister companies, both products look very similar. Am i right?
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Firefox + noscript + AVG = all you need
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