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Robinz
20-01-2010, 12:14 AM
Hi everyone, I'm trying to decide what free security software to use. I haven't had any problems so far but wondered if I should beef up security anyway.

At the moment i'm using Vista's own firewall protection. I tried Comodo but it threw up so many alerts while it learned that it seized the system before I could get a chance to check each one out. I had to reboot and quickly close it ,

I'm using Avast for antivirus and anti-spyware. I was thinking about using Spyware Doctor. As I said above I've had no problems so far, so do you think what i'm using is good enough and I should just leave well enough alone.

Robin

gary67
20-01-2010, 06:46 AM
I would switch Avast to Microsoft security essentials as it is better apart from that I would leave it alone

Chilling_Silence
20-01-2010, 07:51 AM
+1 for gary67's thoughts :)

pctek
20-01-2010, 08:01 AM
MSSE

Spybot

Malware Bytes

Whatever Firewall you like.

robsonde
20-01-2010, 09:50 AM
as I have said before in other security threads...


your first line of defence is to change your behavior:
Don’t click on links in email, don’t do it, don’t even think about it.
Don’t open attachment in emails, unless you trust then sender then don’t open attachments.
Don’t browse to dodgy web sites, this means no searching for warez, porn, free ringtones.



the software tools are a second line of defence.
I would argee iwth PCTEK

Microsoft security essencials
Spybot
Malware Bytes
and the built in firewall.

sroby
20-01-2010, 12:27 PM
Just use the Win Firewall. If you get a nasty on the PC it will just disable/bypass what Firewall you have anyway..
Your modem/router is in itself a basic hardware firewall.

The std AV programs WITHOUT all the extras have a lot less issues in the long term.

Battleneter2
20-01-2010, 01:33 PM
"Basically"

XP Firewall = rubbish get a 3rd party
Vista firewall = vastly improved but still questionable, prob ok for most.
Win 7 firewall = Pretty good, prob better off not using a 3rd party from a performance point of view.

nmercer
20-01-2010, 03:26 PM
"Basically"

XP Firewall = rubbish get a 3rd party
Vista firewall = vastly improved but still questionable, prob ok for most.
Win 7 firewall = Pretty good, prob better off not using a 3rd party from a performance point of view.

just curious what you think the problem is/are with the Windows Firewall built into Windows XP and Windows Vista?

Roger Hunt
21-01-2010, 12:28 AM
Vista one fails the leak test but I still use it

gary67
21-01-2010, 06:41 AM
XP's firewall is one way only

Chilling_Silence
21-01-2010, 02:52 PM
No it's not? It stops inbound and outgoing applications?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842242

pablo d
21-01-2010, 03:00 PM
Does Microsoft Security Essentials remove/block Trojans? I think my browsing box has a nasty one, and malwarebytes or whatever it's called don't work on 64bit...

Speedy Gonzales
21-01-2010, 05:30 PM
Malwarebytes does work in 64 bit. Update it. I found that MSSE blocked / stopped the XP TCPIP patcher from running at all. Because it said it was something. It isnt

pablo d
21-01-2010, 06:46 PM
Cool, ta.

Robinz
21-01-2010, 11:07 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies. I must say I was quite surprised at the amount of trust in this forum on MS fairly basic functionality. I will certainly take all opinions under consideration as I don't want to add self imposed bloatware if it's not necessary.

Thanks

Robin

Speedy Gonzales
21-01-2010, 11:18 PM
It maybe basic but it works. The install file maybe small, but the updates are bigger

KarameaDave
21-01-2010, 11:26 PM
If you are unkeen on bloatware may I suggest you disregard Windows entirely
and install Puppy Linux.:p