Need Help Choosing Software

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by secure5150, Nov 6, 2005.

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  1. secure5150

    secure5150 Registered Member

    Oct 29, 2005
    Anti-virus: I recently decided that I was going to change from norton to a program that used less memory because of how much it slowed my computer. I did a little research, I used and From this data and a few user opinions I decided to try both kaspersky and nod32. Currently I'm running nod32 resident, and kasperky on-demand. I got the impression from users and tests that nod32 is better proactive but kaspersky has better overall detection. However, I'm not sure I want to have two anti-virus's installed. I kinda like to pick a "all in one" solution if you know what I mean and was leaning towards kaspersky because it is more user friendly and I think that matters too. I mean my mother would have no idea what to do with nod32 My question is should I leave both installed for the sake of security, or should I ditch one for the other?

    I quit using ad-aware and spybot because their detection wasn't that great and of course because lavasoft was being sleazy. Instead I started using spy sweeper & Spwarewareblaster but just recently ran into problems with the latest 4.5 version of spy sweeper. It conflicts with spywareblaster and it takes a really long time to load at startup. It doesn't use too much memory but it uses enough. I have also been doubting the need for an active anti-spyware. Ever since using firefox w/ spywareblaster & being careful with the programs i download I havn't had 1 spyware infection. Here's some more questions for you...
    Do you think there is a need for a active anti-spyware or should I just use it on-demand? Could you recommend some other anti-spyware apps? Does anyone know where I can find some tests of anti-spyware apps besides spywarewarrior (1 year old) and magazines (not very thorough).

    Disk Defragmenters:

    I was using Diskeeper Pro 9.0 but switched to perfectdisk after hearing that it's a better application. I don't care how long perfectdisk takes to defragment as long as it does a better job. I havn't been able to find many tests of defrag software. Has it been proven that perfectdisk has a better increase in performance over diskeeper?

    Web Browsers:

    I switched to mozilla firefox close to a year ago for security reasons and tabbed browsing. However firefox uses a lot of memory, starts off using a decent amount and then it skyrockets (I guess you would call that a memory leak). I am concerned about memory use as you can tell, I have a bit of an older computer. The only other web browser that I have considered is opera, but I don't like that fact that it comes with integrated irc and mail. Plus the interface is a little cluttered for my liking. I noticed that opera performs better in the acid2 test. What is the importance of this test in regards to choosing a web browser if any? Do you think i should switch to opera because it has better memory use?

    Registry Cleaners:

    Currently using ace utilites and I like it a lot. But I'm curious as to what other people suggest...
    Can you recommend me a program and point me to some comparitive tests?

    Thanks alot,

    P.S. If theres anything else I should be doing for security or performance let me know.
  2. Blackspear

    Blackspear Global Moderator

    Dec 2, 2002
    Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Hi secure5150, welcome to Wilders.

    Your security is looking pretty good. You can see a few setups within the link of my signature.

    Cheers :D
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