Advice on what security programs to install

By ahmado
Aug 7, 2008
  1. hi , i wana ask what should i install on my computer( security programs) in which all programs are compatible with each other . thanks
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    It is a matter of budget. What can you afford, how much experience you have, and what sort of sites you visit.
    I would put on Kaspersky security, and Spyware Doctor 5.5 or Spy Sweeper, backed up with MBAM MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Adaware 2008, and Windows Defender.
    But it is really more of a question of what to avoid, and what experience your computer friends have. Use what your friends feel comfortable with...

    Spyware software is much more important than antivirus software for most users. If you go to music sites, or exchange a lot of animated cartoon jokes and photo images, it is critical.

    I would do almost anything to avoid McAfee, Norton, Symantec, and Panda because I think they are all turkeys... but of course, many, many users are very happy with them.
  3. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    If you are asking how to make sure you are safe from malware

    What I would recommend is:

    1) 1 Anti-Virus software installed, Avira is one of the best right now and free.

    2) 1 Firewall Protection installed, Comodo is very good and yes free.

    3) 2 or 3 spyware software installed, I like Superantispyware, Malware bytes & spybot.

    Also Below are some tools I like to recommend

    The following is a list of tools and utilities that I like to suggest to people. This list is full of great tools and utilities to help you understand how you got infected and how to keep from getting infected again.
    1. Spybot Search & Destroy - Uber powerful tool which can search and annhilate nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections.
    2. AdAware - Another very powerful tool which searches and kills nasties that infect your system. AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy compliment each other very well.
    3. SpywareBlaster - Great prevention tool to keep nasties from installing on your system.
    4. SpywareGuard - Works as a Spyware "Shield" to protect your computer from getting malware in the first place.
    5. IE-SpyAd - puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
    6. ATF Cleaner - Cleans temporary files from IE and Windows, empties the recycle bin and more. Great tool to help speed up your computer and knock out those nasties that like to reside in the temp folders.
    7. Windows Updates - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft. To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
    8. Google Toolbar - Free google toolbar that allows you to use the powerful Google search engine from the bar, but also blocks pop up windows.
    9. Trillian or Miranda-IM - These are Malware free Instant Messenger programs which allow you to connect to multiple IM services in one program! (AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC, MSN)
  4. SpiritWind

    SpiritWind TS Rookie Posts: 164

    Hi :

    I recommend you AVOID Spyware Doctor, SpySweeper, Ad-Aware, and Windows
    Defender; the Others mentioned are currently the Best .
    IF a "FREE" antivirus program is ok with you, then Avast Home Edition
    ( ) and IF you are willing to PAY for antiVIRUS protection, then
    NOD32 from Eset Software is better than Kaspersky .

    Some recommendations should ONLY be made knowing your Operating System
    ( for example Win XP, Windows Vista, etc ) which you have NOT told us at this
    point !?
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Really don't want one to go over kill with protection..

    Spyware Blaster is protection on the browser end Firefox, IE
    Note: manual updates for free, auto updates you pay for once

    PCTools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus SE
    Note: auto updates for free

    PCTools Threat Fire 3.5
    Note: auto updates for free

    PCTools Firewall Plus
    Note: auto updaes for free

    Firefox 3.01

    Adblock Plus add-on for Firefox 3.1

    Same for these two above...
    Everything listed is for free..

    Spyware Doctor is now more popular the free pack now comes with antivirus and used with the Threat Fire really protected.
    Full version SDAV is also available if you need it. I just want less impact on the system. Free are just as good, more people
    prefer the free ones now.
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