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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1460 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

A question to the computer Guru's on A.net.

First of all I have a HP Pavillion Desktop Pentium 4 Computer with a LINKSYS router. My OS is Windows XP Home SP2. For my firewall I have used Zone Alarm free for a firewall, Windows SP2 default firewall.

I'm tweaking my computer to run as optimized as possible and I was wondering should I continue to use Zone Alarm or not? What I'm trying to do is have the best security firewall on my computer I'm hoping there is a really good freeware firewall. However if not free hopefully not too expensive but regardless security is most important to me.

As for a anti-virus I have Norton Internet Security 2007 I'm planning on un-installing it and going with AVG & Avast instead.

As far as Adware programs I have used Spybot, and Ad-Adware but I was wondering if there is anything better for freeware? Or what should I consider?

Any suggestions, tips, or recommendations are appreciated. If anyone can recommend anything else that could be helpful also be appreciated. I'm trying to keep my system simple as possible without having 3-4 firewalls, and too many anti-virus programs. I figure 1 really strong firewall program and 1-2 good Anti-virus programs should suffice and hopefully only 1-2 Adware programs.


Regards, Mike

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User currently offlineBobbidooley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Uninstalling Norton will be equivalent to upgrading to a quad-core. Be careful however; because I had a hard time getting Outlook to work after the uninstall. I choose Kaspersky over AVG because the reviews I read said that it caught more bad stuff than AVG and Norton. Unfortunately it is not free. I only use Kaspersky, MS firewall, and Spyboy + Adaware, I have not had any problems in > 3 years.


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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1105 times:



Quoting Bobbidooley (Reply 1):
Uninstalling Norton will be equivalent to upgrading to a quad-core. Be careful however; because I had a hard time getting Outlook to work after the uninstall

Thats interesting I wonder if that could optimize my FS9 performance.

When you say Outlook do you mean Outlook Express as a e-mail client? Or Microsoft Office Outlook? Because I run the 2003 Microsoft Office Suite with Excel, Word, Powerpoint. Microsoft Office Outlook which I use for my e-mail instead of Office Outlook.


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3080 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

If you already had Norton Internet Security, why did you download Zone Alarm Firewall? Norton already comes with a firewall. It's not the best, but that seems to be an inefficient setup in my opinion. With your computer specs, you are likely best off with AVG Free anti-virus and a freeware firewall if you don't trust Microsoft's.

However if you happen to upgrade someday, I highly recommend Norton 360. I use it on my system and it has been flawless for the past year. Sure the Norton haters will jump on me for that, but case in point, it doesn't slow down my computer, I haven't had a single virus of any kind, and it automatically defragments my computer among other things. A big step up from when I used Norton Internet Security myself.



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1085 times:



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
If you already had Norton Internet Security, why did you download Zone Alarm Firewall?

The problem was that NIS wasn't catching as many viruses as it should have so as a recommendation by a guru worked that I trusted 4 yrs ago he told me to download Zone Alarm for free and disable the NIS firewall function but use the rest of the features on NIS. Also my Father-In-Law who is a 20+ year veteran in computer programming recommended not renewing NIS when my subscription expires in March mostly because it's not doing as good of a job as it should. The recommendation did work then as I rarely got adwares or viruses.

The point was having 3 or more firewalls actually don't help as much as say one really good firewall being enabled instead. BTW I don't have NIS downloaded right now as I recently did a System Recovery because I wanted to start fresh . Besides I have had software issues with NIS and had a couple of really nasty viruses in the past that caused me to do recoveries because NIS couldn't remove or fix them. IIRC back in 2004 I would do frequent scans and wound up with more adwares and viruses when I was just running NIS and the Windows Firewall. .

However my question now is even if it means uninstalling one program to have to adequate protection what configuration should I go with?

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
It's not the best, but that seems to be an inefficient setup in my opinion.

Basically I'm trying to at least have the best Firewall and Anti-virus that is my concern. I know Zone Alarm Pro was touted as the best firewall before however I was using the freeware Zone Alarm that you can download and I wanted to know how it measures up.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 3):
I highly recommend Norton 360. I use it on my system and it has been flawless for the past year.

I don't know too much about Norton 360 from experience.


User currently offlineBobbidooley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1081 times:



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 2):
Thats interesting I wonder if that could optimize my FS9 performance.

When you say Outlook do you mean Outlook Express as a e-mail client? Or Microsoft Office Outlook? Because I run the 2003 Microsoft Office Suite with Excel, Word, Powerpoint. Microsoft Office Outlook which I use for my e-mail instead of Office Outlook.

MS Outlook (would not load; had to edit registry)- not Outlook Express - had a host of problems after Norton Uninstall. However, it was well worth it with the speed increase.
B



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1079 times:



Quoting Bobbidooley (Reply 5):
Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 2):
Thats interesting I wonder if that could optimize my FS9 performance.

When you say Outlook do you mean Outlook Express as a e-mail client? Or Microsoft Office Outlook? Because I run the 2003 Microsoft Office Suite with Excel, Word, Powerpoint. Microsoft Office Outlook which I use for my e-mail instead of Office Outlook.


MS Outlook (would not load; had to edit registry)- not Outlook Express - had a host of problems after Norton Uninstall. However, it was well worth it with the speed increase.
B

I havent done a scan or updated Default Norton since my System Recovery so I wonder if that would affect it, even If it does I can re-install Microsoft Office.


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3080 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1079 times:



Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4):
I don't know too much about Norton 360 from experience.

It's basically a greatly improved NIS which includes a utilities program. FYI, I sent you a message regarding the other points in your post.



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 1046 times:



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 7):
Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4):
I don't know too much about Norton 360 from experience.

It's basically a greatly improved NIS which includes a utilities program. FYI, I sent you a message regarding the other points in your post.

OK thanks

Mike


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