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I don't mean to be abrasive, but a few of us are trying to give valuable advice to the question you asked.

IMO you should run a software firewall and antivirus.

Like h3xw1z4rd said, Comodo Internet Security is a good firewall/antivirus client.

yes i know and i am reading them....?
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post #32 of 37
Firewall isn't the most necessary as the others have said if you are internet savvy etc, but is probably a good idea, I like PCtools software, free, effective..

I install Threatfire onto my PC's
from the site:

"ThreatFire continually protects your PC against attacks by detecting malicious behavior, such as capturing your keystrokes or stealing your data, instead of only looking for known threats like normal antivirus software. By implementing sophisticated real-time behavioral analysis ThreatFire is able to stop never- before-seen "zero-day" threats solely by detecting their malicious activity."

They also have a firewall, that I would probably use if I was on a connection other than dialup... I did install it though and it had quite a few options, and the simplicity of PCtools programs + the freeness is great

from the site:

"PC Tools Firewall Plus is a powerful free personal firewall for Windows® that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. By monitoring applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing your private information."
post #33 of 37
Use a Firewall with ESET Antivirus and run noscript on Firefox. Problem solved. If you still worry use Spyboy S&D
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post #34 of 37
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But..But....

Seriously, this is a very limited view of computer security. I wish it was that simple, but there are plenty of other way to compromise your computer without making you visit a "bad website" or clicking on an email attachment. Facebook has viruses, web cookie hijacking is quite easy, and the internet would not work without javascript, which is code executing on your desktop. And to be quite honest, digital criminals are not looking to infect your computer with a virus that pops up messages or deletes files. There are tons of ways to make money using botnets, email spam, and stealing your personal identifiable information.
those fit along in the wide ocean known as "user error" and "bad sites" and yes, i do consider facebook a bad site.

is firewall necessary? no
should you have it? sure, why the hell not
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... switch your os to something less infected then MS windows
Way to give advice not asked for.


OT: I agree with what the consensus of you don't really need a software firewall. The No AV statement is asking for trouble though. That is like saying the you don't need a seat belt in your car because you have never ht the windshield.
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Way to give advice not asked for.
Why, it sounds like a very reasonable piece of advice to me. I used to have XP installed solely for gaming/windows apps (internet disabled for most of the time), and had Ubuntu for browsing because it's so much more secure (and b/c of Compiz Fusion, of course).
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Way to give advice not asked for.


OT: I agree with what the consensus of you don't really need a software firewall. The No AV statement is asking for trouble though. That is like saying the you don't need a seat belt in your car because you have never ht the windshield.
why not quote the entire post i made where i did give a viable answer to what was "asked for" by your definition and then went one step farther to give another alternative so don't be so quick to be a prick and understand what it means to help others with more then just one solution
    
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