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#1 KinG

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 05:35 PM

Hi all. My question is which anti-virus(s) and firewall(s) would you use on your computer. Please do not mention Ad-Aware, Spybot, etc...

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 01:09 AM

I'm using now Sygate as FIrewall, and no anti-virus right now. Yeah I know i must install someone, but I forgot it each time :D

But I like Kaspersky very much, and use it on all other computers who are in this house :cool:

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Posted 21 August 2004 - 09:00 PM

*reviving a month-old thread

I use Symantec AV Corporate Edition 8.1 + ICF.
Yeah,I know, bare bones, but my dad is afraid of spftware bugs crashing the system ??? ??? ??? ??? I don't have time to type my preffered config. The only other security software is Yahoo! anti-spy. (Based on PP, so lots of false positives. I use manual updates to Symantec ASAP. Fully patched system, wating for SP2. BYe!

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Posted 22 August 2004 - 01:06 PM

Hi, I noticed one of the prevention programs listed was MVPS HOSTS file.....I am new to this concept of "Hosts" and do not understand what it is all about....is this particular software user friendly and do I have to add information that I need to collect to have this application work?? As you can see I am a ways down the line for computers in the 21st century but a "newbie" when it comes to security programs such as this one that was mentioned and how it functions and whether I have to provide a lot of information into it before it works most effectively....which would be unlike the other programs where basically you simply adjust the settings to your requirements....I hope a member can enlighten me on this and whether this is a suitable program for someone such as myself, regards :scratchhead:

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Posted 22 August 2004 - 01:15 PM

What it does ...
The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is it's ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, as long the the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, cookies, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the Server that supplies these little gems. Example - the following entry 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net blocks all files supplied by the DoubleClick Server to the web page you are viewing. This also prevents the server from tracking your movements.

Now includes most major parasites, hijackers and unwanted Search Engines!

In many cases this can speed the loading of web pages by not having to wait for these ads, banners, hit counters, etc. to load. This also helps to protect your Privacy by blocking servers that track your viewing habits, known as  "click-thru tracking".

Editors Note: As time has progressed the focus of this project has changed from just blocking ads/banners to protecting the user from the many parasites that now exist on the Internet. It doesn't serve much purpose if you block the ad banner from displaying as most other HOSTS files do, but get hijacked by a parasite from an evil script or download contained on the web site. The object is to surf faster while preserving your Safety, Security and Privacy. [more info]


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Posted 22 August 2004 - 03:27 PM

:scratchhead: Hi, I appreciate the comments but I am still unclear as to whether I have to provide this info i.e. the double click numeric sequence..in order to block the double click....or is this in the program.......also I did appreciate the editors note......is this program a safety net for surfing the net or is it there for blocking ads........or a combination of both....I am sorry for the questions but as you can see I am a newbie and respect experience and like to review opinions before I start loading programs........many thanx :!: I hope to hear more.

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Posted 22 August 2004 - 08:45 PM

To view the HOSTS file in plain text form. (168 kb) (opens in IE)
Download: hosts.zip [right-click - Select: Save Target As] [Updated 08-16-04]
Unzip and place in the appropriate installed location:
Note: the below locations are for the default paths, edit as needed.
Windows XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Win 98\ME = C:\WINDOWS

There is no need to install, turn on, or change any settings. Windows automatically looks for the existence of a HOSTS file and if found, checks the HOSTS file first for entries to the web page you just requested. The 127.0.0.1 is the location of your computer, so when the entry "ad.doubleclick.net" is requested your computer thinks 127.0.0.1 is the location of the file. When this file is not located it skips onto the next file and thus the ad server is blocked from loading the banner, Cookie, or some unscrupulous javascript file.

In case you're wondering ... this all happens in microseconds, which is much faster than trying to fetch a file from half way around the world. Another great feature of the HOSTS file is that it is a two-way file, meaning if some parasite does get into your system (usually bundled with other products) the culprit can not get out (call home) as long as the necessary entries exist. This is why it's important to keep your HOSTS file up to Date.


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Oops... didn't see the end of your post. Yes, it is a combination of safety and ad blocking.

Edited by anti-spyware freak, 22 August 2004 - 08:48 PM.


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Posted 23 August 2004 - 01:01 AM

Hi all. My question is which anti-virus(s) and firewall(s) would you use on your computer. Please do not mention Ad-Aware, Spybot, etc...

I am currently using Kerio Personal Firewall 2.1.5 for my firewall and AVG Free Edition for my anti-virus.

Other programs I use for security are:
- Ad-aware SE Personal
- HijackThis 1.98.2
- Spybot -Search & Destroy 1.3.1 beta
- SpywareBlaster
- SpywareGuard
- IE-SPYAD, August 16, 2004

EDIT: Oh yeah, Mozilla Firefox 0.9.3 is definitely a program that I consider that helps me with security. It has AdBlock, Firesomething, and All-in-one Gestures for extensions with Qute as my theme.

Edited by SpiffyXD, 24 August 2004 - 02:51 AM.


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Posted 23 August 2004 - 05:18 PM

Preferred security configuration:

Mcafee internet security(Comes with Dells :D), includes Virusscan, Firewall, and Privacy.
Anti-vir (Back-up, on-demand only)
Micro world anti-virus toolkit (Based on Kaspersky, only on-demand)
Stinger (good backup)
Online virus scans.
Avast!(Back-up)
TDS-4 (If I can convince my dad into buying it :p)
On-demand anti-trojans: Ewido and A2 free
Spybot S&D (the usual)
Ad-aware (the usual)
Spyware Guard (the usual)
Spyware Blaster (the usual)
IESpyad
MVPS HOSTS file
Yahoo toolbar with anti-spy(false positives say"View Details")
Aranea Spywizard( see this post), nice little backup.
X-cleaner free
Opera free(Don't mind a little text ad)

Countless others to list.

Will probably need to update these hourly :p

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 06:07 PM

My advice is to take a look at respected members at this site (those that are Mod's, Experts, Trusted Advisors, etc.) and look at their signatures in their posts. Many of them have very good suggestions for anti-spyware and mal-ware fighting applications. Most of these are free and have solid reputations!
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#11 KinG

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 07:34 PM

I find that when you get to a point of security, nothing can penetrate your computer.

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 08:11 PM

im currently searching for a on-demand virus scanner (using nod32 as my resident scanner) as well as a resident trojan scanner (using TDS3 as on my demand trojan scanner).

any ideas when TDS4 is due out?

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 02:48 AM

I use a hardware firewall - a Linksys BEFSR41 router.

Software firewall is an old (version 2) build of Zonealarm.

Antivirus is AVG for auto-protect and nightly scans, and Symantec Corporate for on-demand scans.
Signature file is under revision. This will be back shortly.

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 08:45 AM

I find that when you get to a point of security, nothing can penetrate your computer.

Nothing? That sounds overly confident.
Please note that the software I recommend above is entirely based on only my own experience and testing. In no way should my comments,opinions and endorsements be construed as an endorsement by the forum, nor do they reflect the advise or recommendations by the experts or helpers at spywareinfo.


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Posted 24 August 2004 - 03:23 PM

im currently searching for a on-demand virus scanner (using nod32 as my resident scanner) as well as a resident trojan scanner (using TDS3 as on my demand trojan scanner).

any ideas when TDS4 is due out?

A good on-demand virus scanner is Micro world anti-virus toolkit (Based on Kaspersky). To update it, you have to unzip the files into it's own folder(like hjt) and doubleclick on kavupd.exe. Then, cut the files from C:/Bases into the folder where you have the program. To run it, doubleclick mwavscan.com . There are also online scanners that can function as a on-demand anti-virus.

So far, there are no freeware anti-trojans that run resident :hmmm: . Trojan Hunter has a fully- functional 30-day trial. http://www.misec.net...rojanHunter.exe However, with the trial, you have to manually update it, as shown here.

A good freeware anti-trojan is A2 free, but it's only on-demand. You can get it from my signature below. TDS-4 will be out this year.TDS-3 can scan resident, but the trial can't.

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 03:59 PM

i have a registered copy of TDS3

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 04:02 PM

It should run resident, then.

#18 KinG

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 04:24 PM

See http://www.spywarein...t=0 and vote!

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 09:20 PM

I did. It's in my signature now.

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 09:25 AM

I would recommend McAfee Internet Security Suite/Kaspersky AntiVirus Personal Pro for maximium protection if you are willing to pay for efficiency,McAfee AntiVirus Pro with McAfee Personal Firewall Plus and Webroot Spy Sweeper for a cheaper solution or McAfee AntiVirus with ZoneAlarm and Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner or other adware/spyware removal programs that you prefer.

Would prefer Kaspersky over McAfee but can't seem to find Kaspersky in my region.

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 03:10 PM

http://www.kaspersky.com/personal

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Posted 22 September 2004 - 10:32 AM

Webroot SpySweeper 3.0, Lavasoft Ad-aware SE Personal, Webroot Windows Washer, Ghost Surf Pro 2.1, System Suite 5, and Zone Alarm Pro 5 are the products I am using...... never have problems.


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Posted 10 December 2004 - 12:57 AM

The first in each list in my signature is what I use. :p Except for prevention and anti-spyware in which I use all of them.
<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'><b>Useful Software</b>:</span>
<a href='http://www.kaspersky.com' target='_blank'><i>Kaspersky</i></a>, <a href='http://housecall.trendmicro.com/' target='_blank'>Housecall <i>Trendmicro</i></a>, <a href='http://www.emsisoft.com' target='_blank'><i>a2 free edition</i></a>, <a href='http://www.kerio.com' target='_blank'><i>Kerio Personal Firewall</i></a>, <a href='http://www.lavasoftusa.com' target='_blank'><i>Ad-aware SE</i></a>, <a href='http://security.kolla.de' target='_blank'><i>Spybot S&D</i></a>, <a href='http://www.merijn.or.../hijackthis.zip' target='_blank'><i>HJT</i></a>, <a href='http://www.cwshredder.net' target='_blank'><i>CWShredder</i></a>, <a href='http://www.mvps.org/...p2002/hosts.htm' target='_blank'><i>MVPS HOSTS file by WinHelp2002</i></a>, <a href='https://netfiles.uiu...ww/resource.htm' target='_blank'><i>IE-SPYAD by eburger68</i></a>, <a href='http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/' target='_blank'><i>Spywareguard and Spywareblaster</i></a>, <a href='http://www.winpatrol.com' target='_blank'><i>Winpatrol</i></a>, <a href='http://www.mozilla.org' target='_blank'><i>Mozilla & Firefox</i></a>

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Posted 10 December 2004 - 11:29 PM

I rely on Windows XP SP2 firewall, and the usual lineup of spyware-adware blocker-remover programs, and hpguru-eDexter's HOSTS file solution.

With the correct SP2 firewall and browser settings I've found there's no need for third-party firewall or antivir programs.

One more CRITICAL point: I DO NOT SHARE MY COMPUTER. PERIOD! ^_^

Edited by AvianFlux, 11 December 2004 - 01:03 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2004 - 09:20 AM

I don't know about freeware antitrojans that run resident

But this http://www.snoopfree...ivacyShield.htm which detects resident to detect keyloggers is great!
Please note that the software I recommend above is entirely based on only my own experience and testing. In no way should my comments,opinions and endorsements be construed as an endorsement by the forum, nor do they reflect the advise or recommendations by the experts or helpers at spywareinfo.





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