What Do You Use To Protect Your PC?

By Obi-Wan Jerkobi ยท 46 replies
Jun 15, 2008
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  1. Well...what odd or practical methods do you use to keep your pc quick and virus-free?

    My mom's PC has McAfee Internet Security Installed on it, best for people who don't know what they're doing, as the program does all the work.

    I have an Old AT System Running IPCOP on it for network security. It's really old, but it has 256MB of PC100 and an AMD K6-3 500MHz.

    My PC has Spybot S & D TeaTimer running in the background to notify me of any registry changes or startup changes, also to protect my pc when using embedded ie browsers in programs like Gamespy. AVG 8.0 is running in the background too, it does a scan every day at 3 P.M.
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Uh well I use AVG 7.5 (still don't like 8.0), and Windows firewall.
    I know this is not extreme protection but I rarely have any virus problems, and if I do, a quick format solves the issue in about 30 mins.

    And I try to defrag it somewhat often, eliminate unneeded programs and files etc...

    Having tons of RAM and a fast HDD really helps =)
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    Nothing really. Avast when I do use anything.

    I use myself to protect my computer. It works about a million times better than any software ever created.
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I use rubber....
  5. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    I use AVG, SpySweeper, SpyBot and SD Tea Timer on my business PC. SpySweeper and Tea Timer did not like each other for a while, but they now seem to stay, grudgingly, out of each other's way.
  6. insoman

    insoman TS Booster Posts: 102

    use Eset Smart Security and AVG Antispyware.
  7. the_diablo1

    the_diablo1 TS Rookie

    I used to have avg 7.5 free with spywareblaster and S&D but fell victim to virtumonde....and again after quick reformat!! Installed avg free 8.01 and have had no further problems.
  8. insoman

    insoman TS Booster Posts: 102

    AVG Antispyware is not the free version you are thinking of diablo1. It has an automated check and remove as you surf. Eset goes well with it.
  9. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 476

    McAfee Virus protection. Winpatrol, Spybot, Malwarebytes. Whitch works pretty good to
  10. jhnroy

    jhnroy TS Rookie Posts: 17

    according to Microsoft and Anti-Virus Companies a quick format does not properly delete viruses meaning that the could still harm you're computer it is just less likely so I wouldn't recommend a format but i use AVG 8.0 with it's Resident Sheild and I have not had a virus yet (touch wood).
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I don't run antivirus or a 3rd party firewall on my machines. I just practice smart browsing.
  12. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I do exactly what SNGX does, but I include physical protection. For that, I use a hammer...
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    lol I used to do that, but I got viruses (sasser worm) within 1-2 minutes of being connected to the Internet.

    But there were absolutely no XP service packs back then though =)
  14. Acclamator

    Acclamator TS Rookie Posts: 261

    Norton Internet Security 2007.
  15. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    That must be why (service packs). I've had so many people tell me that over the years and all I could say was, that is a load of crap. I guess the service packs eliminated a lot of that, as I can't remember the specifics of all that "getting viruses just by being connected to the Internet" stuff. But I always thought it was ridiculous propaganda. Then again, maybe I was wrong, but I didn't ever see it happen first hand.
  16. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Posts: 70

    I also dont use antivirus protection on my desktop because i use it for gaming and not online. I dont use any protection on my laptop because it is OS X. But practising safe surfing is good too.
  17. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I use a lot of different softwares when on the internet, here's a list of some of the things I use:

    Anti-virus / other:

    AVG 7.5 Anti-Spyware
    Avast! Anti-Virus
    Comodo Firewall
    Ad-Aware Professional
    Spybot - S&D


    Vidalia software proxy ( Includes Tor and Privoxy )
    SwitchProxy ( firefox addon, I have about 7000 different proxies that switch between every 60 seconds )
  18. ThaMaestro

    ThaMaestro TS Rookie Posts: 35

    For as long as my subscription goes, i use

    Norton Internet Security
    Spyware Guard
    Spyware Blaster

    But i think that i will soon change my virusscanner, into another one .. Norton isnt my thing 100%
  19. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Norton isn't very good, you should get rid of it and use Avast!

    It's free!
  20. jhnroy

    jhnroy TS Rookie Posts: 17

    personally i think norton is one of the worst anti-virus it uses way too much system memory and slows you're computer right down
  21. ThaMaestro

    ThaMaestro TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Heard before that Norton isnt goood, but why actually?

    I will asap get Avast.

    But i think i will wait first till my problem (https://www.techspot.com/vb/topic106804.html) is sorted out ...
  22. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Booster Posts: 498

    hey there

    AVG and Avast are really good options - they're both free too.... Choosing what security to use should depend on the product's ability to destroy a high percentage of threats while not requiring too much system resources....

    Norton is really poor in both these regards and i do not recommend its use to anyone....

    Spyder_1386 :)
  23. the_diablo1

    the_diablo1 TS Rookie

    I must agree, I used to swear by Norton, but once installed....boy was it hard to get off!! lol... and used a lot of resources, however, their tech support was faultess!
  24. I have a hardware NAT router with firewall so I don't use any personal firewall software.

    For Windows I use Spybot S&D, AVG 8, Spywareblaster and Mozilla Firefox with the noscript, flashblock and adblock add ons.

    For Linux I use Mozilla Firefox with the noscript, flashblock and adblock add ons.


    -Edit: Oh and Norton is crapware.
  25. ThaMaestro

    ThaMaestro TS Rookie Posts: 35

    do they also work on Mozilla in Vista? if so, were can i find/download those add-ons?

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