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September 4th, 2003, 05:11 PM
I dunno if this is the right forum, but I want to make sure, is Sygate Firewall completly safe to run on my computer? also will AdAware and SpyBot:Search And Destroy help keep my computer clean? I am just orried about Sygate because it doesnt show up in Ctrl+Alt+Delete, an minus he cash for any programs, I have to resort to freeware :-\
September 4th, 2003, 05:20 PM
Welcome to Wilders Security Forums!
Yes, Sygate's firewall should be safe. I'm not sure what name it actually runs under in the Task Manager, but, I'm sure its really there somewhere.
Just a quick question, did you get your copy of Sygate from Sygate's own home site? You should always download security software from either its primary site or the recommended mirror sites only. This is just to be sure you get a valid copy and the most up to date version.
Ad-Aware and Spybot are very good tools and they will keep your system clean of spyware and adware items. Most people here run them.
You haven't mentioned an Anti-Virus program. Do you have one? There are a few free ones available.
What Windows version are you running? There are things you can do in each of them to make your system more secure, if you want.
September 4th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Yeah, I ahve a AntiVirus Program, AVG, I downloaded Sygate from http://www.sygate.com/ official site, Sygate doesnt show up in task manager, I know what programs run (My ISP software, AVG AntVirus which is avgcc32, and avgserv9, and windows thins) when you first click it up to run it it comes up as "Smc" in task manager, then disappears, of course, that might be a security feature but I'm not too sure, I run ALL free Security utilitys, and download them all from a trusted site (I got SpyBot search and destroy from www.cnet.com because I didnt find wilders.org until a bit ago, and didnt know the official SpyBot URL) all tests check out with Sygate, I scanned it with AntVirus before I installed it, and also have a Up-to-date AdAware 6, and I need to update SpyBot tonight.
Also, I am running Windows98 2nd Edition, but also when windows boots to the network password screen, theres a program in the taskmanger that comes up as <unknown> also should I allow Kernel32.dll windows system component access to the network through sygate?
September 4th, 2003, 08:11 PM
Also, I use UltimateZip unzipping program, and it checks out with SpyBot and AdAware (even though UltimateZip is free, it has a small little ad iin it for some network/server that the official UltimateZip webpage is ran off of or something)
September 4th, 2003, 11:41 PM
sygate shows in my task manager - not under applications but under processes - and its SMC.EXE
September 4th, 2003, 11:43 PM
oh and no need for kernal32 to get through the firewall, either.. I keep my ports 137 and 138 completely blocked to UDP because the application block on Syate doesn't seem to stop that annoying though probably harmless access.
September 5th, 2003, 09:38 PM
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