Looking for some software suggestions!

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by SafetyShoe, May 15, 2007.

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  1. SafetyShoe

    SafetyShoe Registered Member

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    Hi,
    Currently I purchased a new system and was wondering what (free) programs I should add to my current security setup.
    All i have right now is McAfee Antivirus + Firewall
    I'm considering
    • SUPERAntiSpyware
    • SpywareBlaster
    • cyberhawk
    • a-squared anti-malware free
    any other suggestions?
    i prefer programs that are quieter (less popups) and of course low resource consumption.
    i was also considering prosecurity instead of cyberhawk
    are sandboxie and powershadow similar and are they highly recommended?
     
  2. besafe

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    All the programs you are considering are good. However, I would ditch McAfee.

    For Firewall 3 good freebies: Comodo, PC Tools, Zone Alarm

    For AV: Avira Antivir, AOL Acitve Virus Shield, Avast

    HIPS: Pro Security and System Saftey Monitor are excellent.

    Pic one out of each category above, then add a free virtualization tool like Sandboxie and you should be pretty well protected. Of course these are the free options. There are tons of other for pay options whuich are great applications too.
     
  3. 19monty64

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    I use, or have used, all of your picks and would recommend them all. I would stick with McAfee for now and try your other picks to see how they all work together on your machine. PowerShadow as a first choice is good in that you can see how the other downloads react on your pc. If you decide against an app. you just have to reboot to erase all changes.
     
  4. Bio-Hazard

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    I am not so sure about Mcafee. When i bought my computer year ago, Mcafee was preinstalled. I personally didint like it and then i got infected...that was the last straw. There is alot free programs out there that offer you better protection than Mcafee.

    I have also used all your other programs and they are excellent. Also look into Prevx1 (it can be a heavy on your computer), they are beta testing version 2 already. Comodo also offers BOClean for free so that could be good addition to your set up.

    I dont know which browser you are using but Firefox and Opera are good substitutes to IE7.0.

    Powershadow is excellent program but it has only one drawback you have to reboot to get out from the shadowmode. Look into Geswall (free) or Defensewall (paid) ,they could offer you another layer of protection.
     
  5. Rico

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    Hi,

    Instead of A2, how about the free 'Comodo BoClean?'

    SSM way too many pop-ups, not sure about ProActive, I'll bet it's similar. Consider Prevx, Eeye, OnlineArmor

    Take Care
    Rico
     
  6. ErikAlbert

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    SafetyShoe,
    Don't forget Image Backup (and Immediate System Recovery), because these softwares will save you, when security softwares/harddisk crashes let you down. :)
     
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    That is right- for 7 years already 2 my hard drives have died.
     
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    I never get any popup from ssm, not a single one. I'm afraid you simply may not use it the right way !?...

    Cheers
     
  9. SafetyShoe

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    i think i'll be staying with mcafee since it seems fine so far.
    i just added on the wireless network security since i have a home network.
    i dont think i would want to uninstall the antivirus and firewall since i already have mcafee security center.
    i'm not really sure what GESwall does...
    i'll probably get spyware blaster + superantispyware free and cyberhawk for sure.
    i do use firefox all the time except for those certain websites that do not work on firefox.
    i'm only looking for free software as of now.
    i looked that some of the programs recommeded, like the backup programs but they are all paid software.
    need suggestions for: a2 vs boclean
    and what is GESwall
    ty for all your quick responses.
     
  10. screamer

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    Shoe, I'd be kinda cautious before loading up lotsa software and -then wondering why your box slowed down. You have the essentials, D/L some on-demand scanners and sit tight. aSquared, SAS, Spyware Terminator & AVG AS. If you run them "on demand" they won't bog down your box like a resident app might.

    I've used CyberHawk since its creation w/ mixed results. YMMV.

    Here's a free imaging app you may want to give a shot: DriveImage XML

    http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm

    hth,

    ...screamer

    btw: you may wanna read this post:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=174841
     
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    "need suggestions for: a2 vs boclean".

    In the free category you could use both.
    Comodo BOClean is a real-time monitor,A2 is a scanner.
     
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