light av's and firewalls for low powered laptop

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  1. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    Hi

    I need a light powered av and firewall for a low powered laptop used by my sister at Uni. of course i need a firewal without to many prompts. and an av that is quite easy to under stand. for av something like antivir premium or nod32. both light. for nod32 i was wondering if once ive configred it to black spear settings would it be ok for anyone to use? or is antivir premium or another av better. i dont know what to use an an firewall
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  2. Arin

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    The lightest AV till date is F-Prot with its update manager service disabled.
    It won't provide you the level of protection AntiVir or NOD32 will provide you.
    Does she use any e-mail clients? Depending on her surfing habits you have
    to choose the right solution. Here are some options:

    1. F-Prot --> Light but will provide you basic protection. Now that IC
    has joined F-Prot after leaving NOD32, its good news for
    F-Prot lovers. Very easy to understand.

    2. eTrust EZ --> Light and also comes with e-mail protection. It's very
    reliable. Easiest to understand.

    3. AntiVir --> Even though the memory usage is higher than the above
    two, you'll hardly notice it. Offers reliable protection. The
    premium version will add adware and spyware detection.
    Easy to understand.

    4. NOD32 --> The default choice of many for valid reason. The
    Blackspear settings will work just fine. Not that easy to
    understand but this forum is always here ;)

    5. Dr.Web --> Offers very good protection from viruses specially trojans.
    Very easy to understand.

    No matter which AV you choose, you can also use the free scanner from
    www.emsisoft.com for detecting trojans, spywares, diallers, etc. The free
    version is not memory resident so its another layer of security without the
    load on RAM.

    If she is using Windows XP with SP2 then the native firewall will do just
    fine. Its very light and works like a charm.
     
  3. lodore

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    thanks for the info and it should be windows xp sp2 cos the laptop hasnt been brought yet.
    also hotmail webmail is used in this case.
     
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    Good news! Why don't you go for eTrust 1yr free trial? Its totally idiot proof
    and very very good in detecting viruses. It'll also provide protection in case
    she wants to use Outlook. You can use A-Squared from Andreas Haak as an
    on demand scanner for trojans and other malwares. None of this will cost you
    a penny and will offer you very good protection with minimal tweaking. The
    money you save can be used to purchase some other software she might use.
     
  5. pilotart

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    Although it's AntiVir for me, I will second the EZ-Trust recomendation for an easy, no-bother AntiVirus.

    She had installed it on advice of girlfriend who is a WebSite Designer.

    One PopUp after several months and she paid the $25 and got the full two years of service from CA.
     
  6. lodore

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    i like the idea of antivir
     
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    How much resources EZ uses?
     
  8. Legendkiller

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    EZ is very very light quite comparable to nod32/avast.Although the last version i used was 7.0 and not the recent 7.1
     
  9. ASpace

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    If the laptop is second hand , you'd better first reinstall Windows just to be sure you have it in perfect condition .

    Since you sister appears to be a less knowledgable person , I think the best firewall would be the built-in Windows Firewall . This will protect her very well from intruders without even asking her . Use with "Don't allow exceptions" checked.

    Antivirus software -> NOD32 with Blackspear's settings . Tell her how to manually perform full scans .

    Make her use only Mozilla Firefox with NOD32 set on higher efficency to stop malware automatically when surfing :)

    :D :D :D
     
  10. eBBox

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    Totally agree! I dont know how the security is at her uni, but i have never used a firewall at my uni where i could connect their net, drives and stuff like that without a lot of difficult setup (and I've tried a lot firewalls). The only firewall that works without any probs are windows firewall :cautious:

    Sry, for my bad english :D
     
  11. lodore

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    some help will be needed soon. the laptop has norton on it ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    it will be an acer laptop. Do i uninstall it in program files then run the norton uninstaller tool? and can someone provide me a link to the norton uninstaller tools?

    lodore
     
  12. ASpace

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    A loptop I bought some months ago came with NIS2005 but it wasn't installed on it , the exe file/installer was just on the desktop.

    Anyway , if Norton is installer , remove all the components in Add/Remove programs and then run the tools

    REMOVE Norton version 2006 , 2005 ,2004 and 2003(automatic tool with ActiveX)
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...sf&view=docid&dtype=&prod=&ver=&osv=&osv_lvl=

    REMOVE Norton version 2006 , 2005 , 2004 (manually with tools)
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...cid&seg=hm&pid=2005033108162039&pkb=tsgeninfo
    :D
     
  13. lodore

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    thanks and i hope it wont be installed...
     
  14. ASpace

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    You're welcome! ;)
     
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