av/fw security suites that block ads?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by acr1965, Sep 29, 2007.

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  1. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

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    I am trialing KIS and it has a feature to block banner ads which I like. I was wondering if there were other anitvirus and firewall suites that block ads well? I am not particularly interested in having to download a blacklist.
     
  2. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    You could use Firefox + Adblock, simple, cheap, effective, no extra programs, processes etc.
    Mrk
     
  3. chrome_sturmen

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    Agnitum Outpost Firewall has an ad-blocking module which can be triggered by either keywords (blacklists) and/or image sizes (preconfigured or custom)

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    You can use Norton IS 2007 + Free Add-on
     
  5. StevieE9

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    The Original Poster would be very well-advised to steer clear of *any* Norton/Symantec home user product. Frankly, they are well known to be resouce hogging troublesome software programs and can be a literal nightmare to remove completely without having to fish around to find and use Norton's own removal tools.
    Since Norton is in no sense 'free' it is a total waste of money.

    The earlier advice to use the Mozilla Firefox web browser and install the AdBlock extension add on is truly excellent advice. Install its partner 'Filterset G AdBlock updater' add on (means you never have to do anything yourself to update AdBlocks lists), and - crucially - the 'NoScript' extension add on (whereby you block *all unneeded* javascript except that required to gain full access to a website) means you will have virtually no ads of any kind.

    From my experience, and reading of problems on various forums, using AdBlock features in security software that is external to your web browser can be very problematical and much less user-friendly and configurable than the solution given for use as part of a web browser.


    http://www.mozilla.com/ Firefox 2.0.0.7
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865 - Adblock Plus extension add on
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1136 - Filterset G Updater
    extension add on
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722 - NoScript extension add on
    http://www.mozillazine.org/ - forums for excellent help and advice with any Firefox issue
     
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    Have you tried NIS 2007, 2008 or even 360o_O Definitely NOT the Norton of old. I've been a Norton-basher for a number of years, but NIS 2007 shut me up but good!!! Fast, light, user-friendly and uninstalled just fine, with the help of their uninstaller-tool. Affordable to boot!!!
     
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    Very, very effective also! Uses more resources than NIS 2007, at least in my experience in using both.
     
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    I found the NOSCRIPT add-on to FireFox to be a little heavy-handed, although it does make browsing much more secure without a doubt.

    What I do use is FireFox with the ADBLOCKPLUS add-on along with the EASYLIST(USA) filter subscription.
     
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    You might want to try Zone Alarm Security Suite v7.0 but be aware there is an issue with it appending Windows ObjectIDs to each file that it has scanned (see this lengthy previous thread for details of the problem).

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    I have tried many of the suggestions- ZA, Norton 360, FF w/ ad block. I have not tried Outpost FW but have Vista and I do not believe Outpost is Vista ready yet. KIS is doing a fairly good job of ad blocking with banners although it has no way of flitering flash ads that I can find.

    Does anyone know if the Avira or F-Secure suites block ads?
     
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    You can extend AdBlockPlus. Select Open Blockable Items on any web page and wildcard away!

    Or, right-click on most any item on the web page and choose to AdBlock it.
     
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  12. StevieE9

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    Norton 2007 Firewall is still unreliable in blocking updated programs.

    My experience - and problems posted on Firefox Support forums - remains the same. Norton home products are, and viewed as by experienced and expert technos, as crap.
    As for 'affordable', that issue is totally irrelevant when better products that are *free* are available.
    Comodo Pro Firewall
    Comodo BO Clean anti-spyware on guard auto updating
    Grisoft AVG 7.5 free version AV - with automatic updating
    These three beat Norton hands down, use less resources, are more reliable and totally free.
     
  13. StevieE9

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    What uses more resources than NIS 2007o_O
    I think not if you refer to the Firefox add ons.
    Virtually no security program in existence uses as much system resource as Norton.
     
  14. interstate ron

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    Poor Norton can't get a fair shake! I don't use it now but have recently and it is not crap. At least '07 & '08 are not. As far as topic thread can't answer.
     
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    OT, but I don't recall the last Nortons I used being bad functionally; rather, they took over the machine so I couldn't do what I needed to do, their updating process required multiple reboots almost every day, the license expiration pop-ups months prior to expiration were truly annoying, and the custom configuration options were extremely limited.
     
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    I agree with you on this to a certain degree but back OT with OP I think firefox with the addons is a good choice to make as has been mentioned here.
     
  17. StevieE9

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    You will find that the NoScript and Flashblock addons for Firefox will do all you need without external security software.
     
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    It was due to such recommendations that I downloaded a 15-day trial of NIS2008... which immediately slowed my system down to a crawl. :oops:

    To be fair, it was a machine with only 256mb of RAM (ancient, I know). Perhaps NIS2008 has no trouble running smoothly on modern machines that have more realistic specs instead of 256mb RAM, but I've run ESS, KIS and even Spyware Doctor on that test machine with no problems.
     
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    Off topic but NAV 2007 was light here not familiar with NIS 2008 but my question is Spyware Doctor realtime? running on your test machine?
     
  20. solcroft

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    Yep.

    I've just tried NAV2008 as well - with similar results as NIS. Seeing how the 2007 line is supposed to be replaced by the 2008 one, it'd be a pity if Symantec couldn't replicated the light resource usage on the new products.

    I do not recommend you try SD btw. I didn't have any major problems with the newest version, but the older ones were nothing but a waste of time, and it seems that some other people are still having problems even with this latest version.
     
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    Yeah, it's a shame with Norton. Too big to consider the little guy!
     
  22. interstate ron

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    Doesn't McAfee block ads?
     
  23. StevieE9

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    It does but it is no where near as effective as a combo of Firefox web browser and the extensions referred to before.
     
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    Yes, Firefox with add-ons (which I have used regularly) used more resources than NIS 2007 with all the bells and whistles enabled. It lacked some things, but lightness and speed weren't one of them. It even loaded quicker than FF. "Virtually no security program in existence uses as much system resource as Norton." is a bit of an exaggeration.
     
  25. StevieE9

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    You surprise me, nay you shock me. NIS all versions to date are so well known as resource hoggers that on every forum post all over the world, for every 1 users saying NIS isn't resource hogging, you'll find 100 that say is. I suggest you consider creating a new test profile in Firefox. Your experience is not widespread. So no it is not an exaggeration. Of course, when you add to those woes the fact that *all* Norton home products load a veritable mass of useless junk on your system and make it nigh on impossible to do an uninstall without additional tools, there is no reason why anyone should use them bar apathy, lack of knowledge..oh and the fact that Norton's deal with manufacturers mean they get OEM installed on millions of machines so the poor average user knows no better.
     
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