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Old 12-04-06, 04:00 PM
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Most inexpensive/efficient security/spyware

Just wondering for the new pc I'm going to get for the family what the least expensive route, for virus, spyware, and security is?
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Old 12-04-06, 05:11 PM
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AVG Free Edition

hardware FW and WIndows firewall
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Old 12-04-06, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
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AVG Free Edition

hardware FW and WIndows firewall
Good list, I would also add

Spyware Blaster and Windows Defender.

I would recommend you acutally pay for anti-virus protection as you get what you pay for but if you are on a stict budget then AVG is better than nothing.
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Old 12-04-06, 07:39 PM
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AVG Free Edition

hardware FW and WIndows firewall
I'd pick Kerio for a free firewall over windows firewall
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Old 12-05-06, 12:07 AM
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Surely would be nice to have a sticky thread about people's experiences with various virus/spyware/firewall software - properly overseen by a moderator. It seems that these questions come up every month or so and many people swear by the free software. Personally I am of the same opinion as "Lateralus" in that you get what you pay for, and due to that, I would NEVER rely on something free to protect me from viruses. Every anti-virus company website has benchmark tests and tests which you can run to see how well your anti-virus software is protecting you.

When I posted a similar question a few months ago I was never given any USEFUL information and had to make my own decision (McAfee) - and that is why I would like to be sure that any sticky is PROPERLY overseen by a moderator, who can call B.S. when somebody makes some ridiculous claims for some of the free stuff out there.

Thanks in advance for any consideration on making something like this into a sticky thread.
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Old 12-05-06, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Spyware Blaster and Windows Defender.
I had a Trojan a few months ago. I installed several anti-spyware/virus programs trying to get rid of it. None could actually root it out (that's another story). All but one of them found it.

Windows Defender told me my computer was clean and running smoothly.

I like Ewido for anti-spyware.
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Old 12-05-06, 07:09 AM
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i used windows defender for months and then switched to spybot, just to play with it. it found a bunch of stuff that Windows Defender ignored. Spybot has been around forever and and has a nice rep

For AV I've pirated the Corporate version of symantec for years from work and never had a problem with it. Tried AVG on the advice of people at Anandtech and like it so far. But either way I haven't had a virus in years.

No complaints about the Windows Firewall as long as you combine it with a hardware firewall. I even keep my windows firewall on at work to keep the rest of the IT goons out of my PC

if you surf porn, only use firefox. the privacy feature is worth a ton of cash to keep the wife out of the loop. firefox has it's own security problems, but i'd say it's probably a little better at keeping some things out than IE7. And be careful on the websites you visit. Most problems come from the warez and the joe blow sites. The bigger sites with more of a following are usually safer.

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Old 12-05-06, 08:20 AM
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Isn't AVG going to discontinue the free version in January?
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Old 12-05-06, 11:06 AM
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not sure

might have to go back to symantec corporate edition
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Old 12-05-06, 12:20 PM
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Isn't AVG going to discontinue the free version in January?
I remember seeing something about that too.

Personally, I've used AdAware, Spybot, and Windows Defender.
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Old 12-05-06, 12:36 PM
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Isn't AVG going to discontinue the free version in January?
No, the free version of 7.1 expires in January. They just recently released the free v7.5 and want people to upgrade.
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Old 12-05-06, 02:12 PM
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Yup, I upgraded to AVG 7.5 a couple weeks ago.
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Old 12-05-06, 11:55 PM
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Isn't AVG way better than Nortons?
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