Best programs?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by whvrgrl, May 22, 2004.

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  1. whvrgrl

    whvrgrl Registered Member

    May 22, 2004
    o_O I'm relatively new at this protecting-your-computer stuff. I'm wondering what programs can best help protect against viruses, trojans, adware, spyware, etc. I currently have SpywareBlaster 3.1, Spybot-Search & Destory, Ad-aware, and Hijackthis. I also have the built-in Microsoft XP firewall. Is this enough for my computer to be safe?
  2. CrazyM

    CrazyM Firewall Expert

    Feb 9, 2002
    BC, Canada
    Hi whvrgrl

    ... and welcome to Wilders :) .

    You are off to a good start with the above, but unless you forgot to mention it, you will need an Anti-Virus program.

    The XP firewall is good for dealing with unsolicited inbound traffic, but for control of applications accessing the Internet you should consider a software firewall.

    Once those are in place, you could start to look at other security applications such as Anti-Trojan software.

    After looking at the links, feel free to ask any questions.


  3. lonewolf3367

    lonewolf3367 Guest

    Here's some good programs:

    1. SpywareGuard (free. blocks spyware- goes great with SpywareBlaster)

    2. Spysweeper (anti-spyware program. works good.)

    3. A2 (free anti-trojan. not the best but something is better than nothing)

    4. IE-Spyad (free. adds list to IE restricted sites to block spyware and other junk)

    5. WinPatrol (Free version available. blocks Spyware, Adware, Trojans and alot more. one of my personal favorites)

    6. Zonealarm (free firewall. Great for beginners. blocks inbound & outbound traffic from your computer. Windows xp firewall only blocks inbound traffic.)

    7. Mozilla Firefox (free browser. Better than Internet Explorer and safer too.)

    Hope these free programs help you out.
  4. lonewolf3367

    lonewolf3367 Guest

    forgot to mention an anti-virus:

    8. AVG anti-virus (free. not everyone seems to agree on the best free anti-virus around here but AVG will provide basic solid protection for a beginner)
  5. Dazed_and_Confused

    Dazed_and_Confused Registered Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Depends on where your web travels take you. If you practice safe computing, the recommendations above are sufficient. If not, you might want to purchase more hardened applications. :)
  6. whvrgr1

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