What Do You Use To Protect Your PC?

  1. Addons are mostly platform indepedent and work on Firefox for any OS. Click the tools menu -> add ons, then click the "get extensions" link and search.

    Be aware that flashblock blocks all flash and instead shows a play button for you to click on to enable a particular piece of flash. Don't install this if flash doesn't bother you, just rely on noscript to deal with it.

    Noscript blocks all scripts by default so you have to enable scripts on your first visit to a site. After that it remembers which sites you want to allow scripts on by adding them to a whitelist.

    Adblock is self explanatory you can subscribe to maintainted blacklists or simply use it to block ad banners yourself manually.
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    NOD32 was a fan of that but it didn't catch my 106 new friends on my PC. Everything cleaned but What's up with NOD32. PC Tools Anti-Virus for Free did a better job letting me know what's on the system all those Worms, Trojans an etc..

    PC Tools Firewall Plus 3x (code injection active)
    PC Tools Anti-Virus 4x Intelli-guard active
    Spyware Terminator (still up in the air on this one as PCTAV found more)
    Spyware blaster
    WinPatrol
    Ad muncher
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,004   +710

    Here I've had conflicts between Noscript and Flashblock. With both installed I was unable to load "shoplocal" flash from Best buy (weekly circular) with both permissions given. I had to disable flashblock in tools to load the ads.

    No biggie, maybe just peculiar to my machine. I suppose I could have learned to live without my Sunday ad fix, but the withdrawal was horrible.
  4. insoman

    insoman Newcomer, in training Posts: 158

    tipstir I think that Eset Smart Security is based on NOD32 but a little better. haven't had infestation yet. Have set it to kill everything and totaly automatic. I just tried installing Pctool antivirus 4..Eset killed it dead..so cant test to see but I am running x64 ultimate so less of a risk I hope
  5. insoman

    insoman Newcomer, in training Posts: 158

    My next buy DrayTek Vigor
  6. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    McAfee and common sense. Nothing else needed. :D
  7. toffeapple

    toffeapple Newcomer, in training Posts: 216

    Kaspersky would be my choice...due to corporate issues we have to use mcaffes(long term contract) and on more the a couple of occasions I have uninstalled mcaffe agent on a pc and installed the FREE trial of kaspersky and removed various malware...same on my friedns pc he was running nortons we removed it went with kasperky it removed loads of spyware nortons hadnt even recognised.
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I use NOD32, along with the Comodo Firewall, Spyware Doctor (from the Google Pack), Spybot: S&D and HijackThis. I also use a customized hosts file and am going to build a hardware firewall using IPCop and my old computer so as to safeguard my home network that I am looking to set up soon.
  9. McAfee is very memory and cpu hungry and I find any kind of on access scanning to be over the top. It is actually designed with users that lack common sense in mind, which is why it's popular for corporate workstations. IMHO it has no place on the home PC.
  10. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 592

    Yeah, I had to bump up the RAM to 2GB recently because my mom kept complaining how slow things were on it.
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    Oh that sounds cool, Do you plan on having a huge network LAN in your house or something?
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    I don't know about huge, but it'll be a network of 3-4 PCs connected together. I guess that counts as huge for a home LAN?
  13. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 592

    No, I think he meant like a 12port 10/100 switch with 8 or so PC's. Which is what I am going to do for my next LAN party.
     
  14. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    I wish I could have a decent LAN party, but doing this on a Wireless network with a ISP that does not allow me to change settings myself is impossible. One time I tried to set up a huge LAN party ( atleast for me ) and since I couldn't change my wireless router's settings, only 4 people at a time could play while the others watched.
  15. ThaMaestro

    ThaMaestro Newcomer, in training Posts: 35

    Some member here on the board, who helped me very good with a thorough problem, suggest Avitra, instead of Avast. Any thoughts on Avira?
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    Yes it's based on it but it didn't catch old or new stuff on my combo file/download server. New software or old it just didn't do anything. Set to Auto/Interacte modes max settings still the stuff was still on the HDD. When I remove it ESET and put in PC Tools Free version of Anti-Virus program that found everything I had in compress or non-compress state. This software although it's free works on my Windows Server 2003 as ESET Smart Security Business Edition didn't do anything. I use to have older NOD32 that worked but still it didn't catch the stuff like PC Tools did go figure. PC Tools deferred to a reboot to remove some that stuck on to the system.

    Ever shut down XP and get a DLL error saying program couldn't terminate, well that's fix now no more of those with PC Tools AV..
  17. Daproblemis

    Daproblemis Newcomer, in training Posts: 53

    Great question. At home I use TrendMicro for anitvirus/Spyware, ZoneAlarm for firewall, changed all the default setings on my primary router and wireless router. I also require a Mac address for the wireless, and shelter the broadcast area to just my home. I use a different combination for all my computers.
  18. ¼ of a hotdog

    ¼ of a hotdog TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 214

    i just use this...

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  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,004   +710

    Is that effective against rootkits also?
  20. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 592

    Maybe an automated turret is his firewall?:p
  21. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

  22. ¼ of a hotdog

    ¼ of a hotdog TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 214

    ya its effective against everything!!!!!!!!


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