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Old 01-13-2005, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im bout to reformat my pc, due to bull**** spyware n viruses n what not

jus wonderin what programs r recommended for efficiency and low cpu usage...


right now im runnin

Norton Anti-Virus 2004
Zone Alarm Pro
Spyware Doctor
PC Boost
FreeRAM XP


lookin for possible alternatives.....any suggestions r appreciated
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Old 01-14-2005, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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norton really sucks up resources, try trendmicro pc-cillin. Spybot search&destroy is free and pretty effective.
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Old 01-14-2005, 12:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Spyware Doctor
PC Boost
FreeRAM XP
Lose those three and use these instead:
AdAware
SpyBot-Search & Destroy
SpywareBlaster
SpywareGuard
Microsoft Antispyware(Beta) Liz
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And as far as A/V and a Firewall, if you are using XP and SP2, go here and download e-Trust EZ Armor

If not, go here for the A/V:
Avast! Home Edition 4.5.561
AntiVir Personal Edition 6.29.00.03 (Update)

For the firewall:
ZoneAlarm Free 5.5.062.004
Sygate Personal Firewall Free 5.6.2808

There are also paid options but why pay when you have GOOD, solid FREE ones. Liz
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nm.....figured it out...
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Lose all of the SPYWARE software.
Just get Mozilla Firefox. 100% Spyware Proof.
It does not allow sites to automatically install "software" or spyware and it blocks all of the popups
www.firefox.com

I use Norton Anti-Virus Version 7 (Corporate/Gold Server EDT.). Yes I know it's old but I get free live update for the rest of my life without having to subcribe every year for 29.99 or whatever they want.
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i heard an av program called kaspersky (sp?) is more efficient than norton and uses less of ur cpu.....true??and is it reliable?
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I use Antivir Personal Edition, Spy Sweeper and Ad-Aware and I have not had a problem because of them

If Antivir were not free, I would still be willing to pay for it.
Antivir uses up very little resources, is really fast, and has so far detected every virus that's tried to infect my system
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i have to say thank you to southernlady for pointin me towards that microsoft anti spyware program..works real good...got off those damn istbar files finally....adaware, and norton wouldnt get rid of em cuz of the protector files...but the ms program did....thanks :-D
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Lose all of the SPYWARE software.
Just get Mozilla Firefox. 100% Spyware Proof.
It does not allow sites to automatically install "software" or spyware and it blocks all of the popups
If this was a perfect world, and Firefox was a perfect product, and that was the only way spyware got onto a computer, you might be right. But you're not.

Anyway, I run Norton Corp AV and the SP2 firewall as my virus defenses. After that I have Ad-Aware and SpywareBlaster for the spyware/malware/host-file stuff.
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