Giraffe

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hi
i hav a couple of different firewall/av setups on my 3 computers
1. zone alarm security suite for firewall with nod32 av
2. zone alarm security suite for firewall and antivirus
3. outpost firewall pro with norton pro 05
which is best setup? any other suggestions that are better?
is windows firewall terrible? what about avg antivirus free edition?
 

PlainBen

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On many computers I have either Kerio Sunbelt Firewall or Windows XP Firewall.

For Anti Virus I install AVG free.

Great programs, and the price is great too (free).

If you're behind a NAT router, you usually don't need to be afraid of outside computers (coming from the internet) that try to attack you.

If you want to know which programs inside your computer is trying to use the internet, then you need Kerio Sunbelt Firewall, because Windows XP will not tell you every time if a program tries to use the internet.
 

IGotTheMondays

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hi
i hav a couple of different firewall/av setups on my 3 computers
1. zone alarm security suite for firewall with nod32 av
2. zone alarm security suite for firewall and antivirus
3. outpost firewall pro with norton pro 05
which is best setup? any other suggestions that are better?
is windows firewall terrible? what about avg antivirus free edition?

I use Zone Alarm Pro and NOD32 and it works out great.
 

choknuti

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Using kerio and avast here with no problems. IMHO kerio is al lot better than zone alarm.

Also don't forget a decent anti spyware program. Using spyware guard here.
 

JesterX

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I find that ZA is just BS.
It alerts to any minor thing. It considers a port scan an intrusion.
It appears like it does protect your computer, but appearences are deceiving.

SKPF (formerly KPF) works well and it does stop trojans and such.
 

IGotTheMondays

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I find that ZA is just BS.
It alerts to any minor thing. It considers a port scan an intrusion.
It appears like it does protect your computer, but appearences are deceiving.

SKPF (formerly KPF) works well and it does stop trojans and such.

I agree with Zoron. I know for a fact it reports NetBIOS as an intrusion which it's obviously not, you can tell it to not alert you about stuff like that. Zone Alarm protects well but getting it configured the way you want it is a little bit of a task and I can see your frustration. But once it is configured, it's crazy how much you can lock down and block.
 

JesterX

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I find that ZA is just BS.
It alerts to any minor thing. It considers a port scan an intrusion.
It appears like it does protect your computer, but appearences are deceiving.

SKPF (formerly KPF) works well and it does stop trojans and such.

I agree with Zoron. I know for a fact it reports NetBIOS as an intrusion which it's obviously not, you can tell it to not alert you about stuff like that. Zone Alarm protects well but getting it configured the way you want it is a little bit of a task and I can see your frustration. But once it is configured, it's crazy how much you can lock down and block.

Its not just that, it blocks more ligitimate things than hackers.
 

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The best setup is probably Netveda/Avast Home Edition.

They are both free. and on avast, the skins look tight:)

although, avast scan times are slow, avg's are much slowER.
 

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Kaspersky seems to have a solid anti-virus reputation. I have enjoyed using it, I cant say Ive had any problems so far. I use Zone Alarm Pro as my firewall
 

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I use "Windows XP's" firewall and AVG...

I did some tests and found that Avast uses alot more memory compared to AVG. and if you do your complete scans at night you'll be totally fine.
 

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Hi,

Right now I'm running Sygate Personal Firewall & Avast. No problems, seems to work well. I'm getting a new PC soon and I've heard that Bit Defender is pretty good. I'd like to have an all-in-one with firewall/anti-virus/spyware. Does anyone know or use this? How is it on system resources? Thanks!