Which firewall and AV do you use?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by rimo2008, Sep 12, 2008.

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  1. rimo2008

    rimo2008 Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I am new on this board and i am a little bit curious.
    I am looking for a new AV and Firewall or Security Suite.
    Now i would like to know what do you use and why you use it?
    Just for myself to have an idea what i need to secure my laptop.

    I have a laptop(XP,SP3) and the end of the month i will use it wireless.
    For mail I use a webbased mail client,Gmail and GoogleApps.
    At the moment I use Free AVG and the Windows Firewall.
    But I'd like to have an other security setup.

    I am looking forward to see your replies.

    Regards,
    Richard
     
  2. risl

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    I use Dr.Web AV because it's light, compatible with my setup and trouble free. I picked Kerio 2.1.5 since it's a pure firewall only without hips or other bells and whistles, also extremely low on resources. EQsecure allows me to control some low level OS operations and therefore nicely completes Dr.Web. Rootkit unhooker is just a rootkit scanner, but a bit more advanced/informative than the usual.
     
  3. vijayind

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    My free bone setup for my older laptop is:
    Avast Home 4.8 + Online Armor 2.x Free

    Avast provides good AV protection, while OA has a good HIPS. Both take minimal resources and provide excellent protection for average usage.

    I used AVG 7.5 free earlier and then moved to AVG 8.0 which created many issues. I switched to Avast and have not moved back

    Another program, I have heard a lot about is Eeye Blink Personal. Its available for free (for US & Canada). And it bundles in a good AV (Norman), Firewall and Vulnerability protection.
     
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    Avira and router with Defender in Spynet HIPS mode.
     
  6. risl

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    Agreed, I use it on my laptop with only standard shield enabled. I always recommend/install this to people who ask me for a good free av.
     
  7. EASTER

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    Kerio 2.15 w/ Blitzen's Rules + NO AV anymore courtesy HIPS. But i would highly recommend AVAST! as a previous user of it.

    When it comes to an AV, you likely should examine at least 3, maybe 4 for good measure untill the one surfaces to your satisfaction and passes tests consistently. Depends on your system plus other security apps to determine if everything syncs in unison together with 100% stability and no slowdowns or issues.

    EASTER
     
  8. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    Dr.Web and no software firewall. ;)

    however, i am a fan of online armor.
     
  9. rimo2008

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your replies.
    It seems that Avast has a great reputation.
    I am wondering if Avast with Comodo Firewall will be a good combination.
    And do I need more to protect my wireless laptop?
    And what is the difference between Comodo Firewall and Online Armor 2 Free?

    Thanks.
     
  10. Smiggy

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    Use Avast Home, OA Free (firewall uninstalled), router's SPI firewall and FireFox (SandBoxIE'd)!

    Tried using Comodo's HIPS package a few times but to be honest got really jarred off by the amount of popups compared to OA.
    Both installed on clean systems and installed as such yet Comodo's seemed to produce twice as many popups than OA.

    Avast provides a full set of protection, antispyware, rootkit, AV and all for free.
    The pro version allows for scheduled scanning, which I never use, I like to scan manually and it has a script blocker, which if my memory serves me well, only works with IE, which I don't use anyway! This may be different in Pro 4.8, not sure.

    If you're on wireless and your router has an SPI hardware firewall you really don't need a software firewall.
    A decent configured HIPS package will more than cover you, and if just for piece of mind whack on Avast Home (FOR FREE) as an extra layer.

    Job done!!

    :D
     
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  11. splicer707

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    Using ESET NOD32 V3 and Windows Vista Firewall, behind a Router NAT.
     
  12. emperordarius

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    KIS 2009. When I used Kav 5 I used it along with comodo.
     
  13. virtumonde

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    Hotspot Shield orComodo Trust connect.

    This thread isn't probably the best to describe the differencess,it contains some rant but you can read other users opinions.
    If you have settled for one of this 2 firewall+HiPS solutions than i would suggest AVira free if you need an AV.It is a pure signature product with good detection rates.Doesn't have any modules that can confict with OA or Comodo HIPS.
    Also it has a low memory footprint.
     
  14. hex_614

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    at home pc, i used AVG 8.0 + norton antibot + windows firewall.

    in the office nod32 3.0 + TF 3.5 + windows firewall

    other computer Avira + windows defender + windows firewall

    other Avast + TF 3.5 + windows firewall

    windows firewall alone can be your firewall just have at least a good antivirus or with combination of good behavior blocker.

    software ive used so far

    AVG 8.0 Prof - 3 months - resource hog but very protective
    Avast 4.8 - 2 months - lots of false positive and no proactive detection
    Avira 8.1 - 4 months - high detection, fast, false positive medium
    Norton 2008 - 1 month - fast, install and forget.
    Nod32 3.0 - 45 days - very fast, low impact on system, slow response to infections
    bit defender 2009 - 10 days - cant comment at this time
     
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    see the signature
     
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  17. King Grub

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    Currently Outpost Firewall Pro 2009 in combination with Avira Premium. Also behind a Linksys WRT350N with firewall.
     
  18. Fajo

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    Just curious. Would this be consisted a A vs B ?
     
  19. Atomic_Ed

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    I wouldn't think so based on the OP question of wanted to know what people use and why, not comparing to each other but I may be wrong.

    I was going to contribute and post in this thread with what I am running when I originally saw it, but based on some of the recent negative responses I recieved from a few individuals in reference to my choices, I decided it wasn't worth it anyhow.
     
  20. icr

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    I now have BDTS 2009 installed so firewall is included earlier when i had Nod32 AV i used zonealarm free edition
     
  21. fax

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    SPI Wireless Router/Access point + ZA Suite 8 :D

    Fax
     
  22. Fajo

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    The choice in software you use to protect your self is your choice don't ever let anyone tell you you are wrong. Only you can deiced what is best for you and what works well on your computer. Don't let over zealous people that seem to only think there opinion matters to ever sway you another way.

    As for my spec's there the same as what is in my Sig for my main system. but the other 5 computers with the exception of 1 all use different software from Eset to Norton. it honestly just depends what works well for that computer and what I do on that computer.
     
  23. Rapid Dr3am

    Rapid Dr3am Registered Member

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    Well my signature says it best.

    I have Avira AntiVir Premium, Outpost Pro Firewall and ThreatFire.
     
  24. Atomic_Ed

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    Thanks, your right and I appreciate your comments. I can see your a good person and member here and I appreciate that. I also run multiple products on my machines as well. I have of course Vipre & SPF on my new laptop, Mcafee on my Desktop and a copy of Avast on my old laptop. I used to run Norton on my desktop before thier crazy activation and anti-piracy scheme targeted my frequent reloads of the OS and re-installation as somehow being a reason to blacklist my license. So after they finally refunded my money, I no longer run Symantec because of that reason.
     
  25. deanmartin

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    Vista Firewall & Avira Premium
     
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