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    Question I have NOD32 and ZoneAlarm. What else do I need?

    I am getting my first windows laptop (I've been using Macs for years), so after researching virus protection software I decided to go with NOD32. Then, for a firewall, I researched some more and decided upon ZoneLabs' free firewall (although Kerio Personal Firewall was a close second).

    Can anyone tell me if I'm missing anything? Spyware protection? Or is that normally included with antivirus?

    Thanks!

    Jed

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    spyware is usually separate.
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    I just made a post with a doc about what to stick on a clean machine. Have a look and see how you get on.

    http://www.antionline.com/showthread...hreadid=269811

    I don't know NOD32 but Zonealarm is a fine personal firewall.
    You'll want to consider antispyware such as Microsoft Antispyware Beta.
    Also Lavasoft Adaware is good.
    Javacool Spyware Blaster prevents spyware getting on your machine.
    Go to MS updates and keep you machine up to date with patches.
    Use IE for updates but Firefox for all other browsing.
    Don't use Outlook express for email download something else or use a webmail service.
    Don't install p2p filesharing software.
    Backup eveything important so if the worst happens all you need to do is reformat and reinstall.

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    "Pray regularly,
    Sacrafice a goat,
    dance naked in the rain,
    and be nice to your parents."

    And buy Aspman and myself a nice bottle of 20 year old Speyside single malt?

    http://www.emisoft.com/en/software/free/
    http://www.ewido.net/en/
    http://javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    http://www.winpatrol.com
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    Search for DiamondCS and look around their site..............make sure to get "RegistryProt"


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    common sense... I dont care what software you use, if you are an idiot with no common sense, you will end up a hosed computer.
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    [i] Originally posted here by AsZonealarm is a fine personal firewall.[/B]
    Define "fine." If by "fine" you mean "randomly kills my internet connection for no apparent reason even after uninstalling and reinstalling and checking all settings thoroughly" then yes, it is a "fine" firewall.
    Granted, that was a year ago. I should give it another shot and see if it's impoved in any current releases, but I had such a bad experience with it back then that it put a very sour taste in my mouth.

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    Originally posted here by xierox
    Define "fine." If by "fine" you mean "randomly kills my internet connection for no apparent reason even after uninstalling and reinstalling and checking all settings thoroughly" then yes, it is a "fine" firewall.
    Granted, that was a year ago. I should give it another shot and see if it's impoved in any current releases, but I had such a bad experience with it back then that it put a very sour taste in my mouth.

    - Xierox
    Hmm, that's the worst opinion I've heard of ZA...

    I had been set on it until now... tell me about your problems.

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    Please take a balanced view of Xierox's experience. People DO have problems with ZA, and just about every other application out there

    Incompatibilities and clashes do happen. Particularly with interactive apps like AV and firewalls. This is a fact of life. I distinctly recall having a problem with AVG and ZA a while back..........eventually I juggled the start up sequence to stop them bumping into eachother and that fixed it.

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    Originally posted here by nihil
    jedi180

    Please take a balanced view of Xierox's experience. People DO have problems with ZA, and just about every other application out there
    Very true. I was just relating my bad experience.

    To Jed,
    Reread my above post. It tells about my problems, buddy. IM me if you want more in depth explaination.
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    The first thing most users do after they've turned on their computer is allowing someone like me to make changes to important system files. Most home users should not even be given an administrative account... and I don't care if they own and payed for the damn machine.

    Can anyone tell me if I'm missing anything? Spyware protection? Or is that normally included with antivirus?
    I still don't understand why alot of users have this idea in their head that by installing five or six of the same stuff with different names, if one out of a large group of antiviral software picks up something another doesn't then these programs are doing anything but failing in mass numbers.

    Personally I call it a waste of resources.

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