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Which is the best firewall and Anti-virus

By manolis69 ยท 24 replies
Sep 7, 2006
  1. I am buying a new computer and i am putting broadband does anybody know which is the best firewall and Anti-virus and where can i get it from?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look at Didou`s reply in this thread HERE.

    The search feature is your friend ;)

    Regards Howard :)
  3. KnightofBane

    KnightofBane TS Rookie Posts: 56

    I personally didn't read the thread, however in my honest opinion, AVG or Avast is the best anti-virus because I've never had a virus actually attack me because it quarantines or heals it all. Firewall I'd go with ZoneAlarm just because it asks for alot of permission...which is good.
  4. tekNerd

    tekNerd TS Rookie Posts: 40

    I have the combination Avast!Home and Sygate.
    Never had any virus or any other form of nasty thing (of course I use other software for spyware and other forms of malware)
  5. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    Although I use the free =Avast = 4 Home Edition - Free antivirus software - free virus protection for home PC: - full-featured antivirus package designed for home usage.(FREE) = http://www.avast.com and really like it as it has always kept me safe from virus, worms, trojans, etc.,
    from what I have read it seems the top a/v, in no particular order, are =

    Kaspersky = http://www.kaspersky.com

    or = NOD32 from ESET Software = http://nod32.softwaresecuritysolutions.com

    or Panda Titanium = http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/titanium2006_part.htm

    or = http://www.trendmicro.com/en/products/desktop/pc-cillin/evaluate/overview.htm

    For research opinions see =


    Requires free registration = Latest test results from Virus Bulletin : Independent Anti-virus and Anti-spam Advice = http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/products.xml






    Review: Free Antivirus Software - about.com = http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussoftwarereviews/a/freeav.htm

    Will you be using a hardware routerand an Uninterruptible Power Supply = http://www.officedepot.com/browse.do?N=200614 ?
    Also don't forget your anti-malware/spyware/adware/crapware programs.

    From what I can tell, the best firewalls are either = =SonicWALL Internet security = http://www.sonicwall.com/products/vpnapp.html

    or = http://www.checkpoint.com/products/index.html

    or = http://www.watchguard.com/products/vclass.asp

    You can also test your firewalls with the following, and compare results =

    TestMyFirewall.com = http://www.testmyfirewall.com

    Test Your Firewall = http://www.hackerwatch.org/probe


    PORT MONSTER (free): http://shellcity.net/?egg=a


    The most important thing to keep in mind, regardless of which anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware and firewall you use is to keep it UPDATED, just as it is important to make sure you have all windows critical and security updates + http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
  6. tekNerd

    tekNerd TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Now, sultan_emerr, man, I don't want to be a ***** about it, but I think manolis69 asked just to see what we think, not reviews and all, 'cause a little of google serch anyone knows.
    If not, and I am mistaken, my bad, I am sorry.

    Ps: nice post anyway.
  7. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    Oh God, who moved the rock?
  8. Cyber

    Cyber TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Best Antivirus?

    Hi guys... i just wanted to ask what antivirus is worth buying... or which one do you recommend... i have norton on my pc and Mcafee on my laptop... dun know which one of them is better.... i dont like Mcafee because it really slows down the start up of my laptop... so i was just wondering if there is another antivirus that is better than mcafee nd norton.... which does not slow down you start up... or something you recommend..

    thanks in advance

  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Threads merged.
  10. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Some good anti-virus programs are AVG antivirus, and a good firewall could be Kerio or ZoneAlarm, alos the Norton antivirus products are good.
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yeah, good at buggering up and causing system crashes.

    Symantec/Norton crapware is buggy and a resource hog. It`s also very good at finding viruses and not being able to kill them. In short, it`s the worst piece of antivirus software anyone should put on their system.

    Regards Howard :)
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

  13. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

  14. Dr.Thermal

    Dr.Thermal TS Rookie

    best anti virus program

    Hi All

    I am using AVG Anti-Virus free edition. I have a feeling that it is not doing the job. Can anyone tell the best Anti-Virus program is.

    Thanks Dr.Thermal
  15. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    I used Norton for ages... and regretted it! - its expensive, it is a MAJOR resource hogger... and finds next to none of the problems.

    I reccomend the program that i am using now. Zone Labs pro. It uses hardly any memory, and finds loads of problems. The firewall is OUTSTANDING!

    Use this and a few other free programs like Spybot, and your computer will function like magic!
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Threads merged.
  17. racer_x_090

    racer_x_090 TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Best anti-virus software?

    What is the best anti-virus software? I am currently using AVG and i love it.
  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Threads merged.
  19. kennethniel

    kennethniel TS Rookie

    Well obviuosly......avg wins! but sadly to inform you, apparently, all this antivirus software that have been mention above were just good on cluttering the harddrive, recently I've been hit by this spyware virus, its so hard to remove, it blocks .exe files and also holds the task manager, well...not one of those antiviruses have succeded, it bypassed my firewall, an anti-spyware software didnt even succesfully removed it, i ended up formatting my harddrive, from then on...I've been using a spywareblock software, its just happen to be my first line of defense against those nasty virus and spyware virus.
  20. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No antivirus or antispyware programme can protect a system from all types of malware. This is because new malware is being relased every day, so the antivirus companies are always playing catchup.

    One of the best ways of avoiding infections is sensible surfing, sadly this doesn`t seem to happen as often as it should. Almost every infection I see could`ve been avoided to some degree.

    This thread HERE contains some useful info for keeping a system more secure.

    Regards Howard :)
  21. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Well, maybe it's just me, but I find it amusing when people ask for the best firewall and/or antivirus application but don't say for which operating system.

    For example, there aren't many firewall options for 64-bit Windowses.
  22. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s very true Mict.

    There are a couple of firewalls that do work with Windows 64.

    There`s Ghostwall and the Tiny firewall. The Ghost firewall is free and seems to get some pretty good reviews.

    Obviously I haven`t tried them myself as I don`t use Windows 64.

    Regards Howard :)
  23. Dr.Thermal

    Dr.Thermal TS Rookie

    I am using windows 32-bit xp pro

    Thanks Dr.Thermal
  24. timwells

    timwells TS Rookie

    Avg-free-anti Virus

    AVG anti virus is not fool proof and must not be believed to be so.although it offers real time protection it is i believe no better than the COMODO or the AVAST free anti virus`s.
  25. Dr.Thermal

    Dr.Thermal TS Rookie


    Thanks timwells I think i will stay with Avg

    Thanks Dr.Thermal
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