Taskbar needs to go on a diet.

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Hugger, Jan 19, 2009.

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  1. Hugger

    Hugger Registered Member

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    I need your recommendations on what excess security programs I can safely get rid of.
    My XP Pro pc usually runs fast but sometimes hangs when loading web pages. And installing software can be a nightmare. I think I should be able to lose some of the following and still be safe.
    Right now I've got:

    PC Tools Firewall Plus
    SAS free
    Mamutu
    Defensewall
    Prevx Edge trial
    Returnil beta
    Avira Premium
    Shadowprotect Desktop

    Thanks for any help.
    Hugger
     
  2. ashishtx

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    I think you can safely remove
    1)mamutu
    2)Prevxedge trial
    3)returnil Beta

    I have found that those who have multiple security programs are more security conscious which makes them less vulnerable even with fewer security programs. If you care about security than even an antivirus and firewall will be suffice.
    This advice assumes you are the only user on that PC.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    How about ... everything?
    Of all those mentioned, I'd keep DefenseWall, if at all.

    BTW, what browser are you using: a) IE based b) non-IE based.

    if [ "$answer" = "b" ] ; then
    echo "no special security software needed"
    fi

    exit 0

    Honestly, this was not meant to be consdescending, but if you do not self-install crap, run even a basic firewall like xp, run a normal browser, and keep your system pretty much up to date when it comes to software, you really have little to worry.

    Mrk
     
  4. Nightwalker

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    I agree. People are so paranoid , good sense and updated software is enough.
     
  5. Hugger

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    All,
    Thanks for the input.
    I'm not the only user.
    I'm married to Mrs. Click. If it's got a link she'll click it.
    And her hephew and neice.
    However, you're all making a good point.
    I can lose some of the extras and still have very good protection.
    And I use FF 3 w/Noscript and Flashblock and Adblock.
    Hugger
     
  6. Ilya Rabinovich

    Ilya Rabinovich Developer

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    Make sure you run installation files as trusted.
     
  7. Hugger

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    Isn't this self defeating?
    If I run trusted then don't the files have the ability to infect other files?
    Hugger
     
  8. Ilya Rabinovich

    Ilya Rabinovich Developer

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    No, it's not. Most software can be installed as untrusted, however, some can't be installed this way. There are some companies (Sun, Adobe, Skype) which software you may trust, it's not malicious.

    Also, you can always send any suspicious file to different anti-vurus labs to check out if it's malicious.
     
  9. Hugger

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    Ilya,
    Thanks for explaining.
    Hugger
     
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