Hardware Canucks best freeware for my system

July 1, 2009, 08:25 PM
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best freeware for my system

im currently using

Comodo Firewall Pro
Avast!

then for system clean up

Ccleaner
Spybot search and destroy
SuperAntispyware
Defragler

Comodo now offer a system cleaner and i havent give it a try yet

anyone have great freeware that can do the job right without having to install 12 diff programs??
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July 1, 2009, 10:07 PM
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Drop Spybot and use MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

Could go with Jkdefrag or Auslogics instead as well. Don't think Defraggler is one of the top-rated ones.

Software firewall is useless IMO assuming you have a router. One could argue all security software is useless if you just browse safely since I don't have any AV, software firewall or any anti-spyware/malware programs installed.

There's no magical all-in-one program though so you'll have to install a bunch of things no matter what.
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 Originally Posted by jdrom17 Drop Spybot and use MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. Could go with Jkdefrag or Auslogics instead as well. Don't think Defraggler is one of the top-rated ones. Software firewall is useless IMO assuming you have a router. One could argue all security software is useless if you just browse safely since I don't have any AV, software firewall or any anti-spyware/malware programs installed. There's no magical all-in-one program though so you'll have to install a bunch of things no matter what.
I understand what you are saying so correct me if I am wrong. But I thought a router will only stop inbound nasties. If something does infect your system and say it wants to email itself to all your contacts, your router won't do jack. So in that case a software FW will be the only thing to stop it.
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July 2, 2009, 08:52 AM
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^ yep. hardware firewall only stops incoming probes. software firewall actually tells you your system is compromised if it's logging unsolicited transmissions.
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July 2, 2009, 09:10 AM
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by jdrom17 Drop Spybot and use MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. Could go with Jkdefrag or Auslogics instead as well. Don't think Defraggler is one of the top-rated ones. Software firewall is useless IMO assuming you have a router. One could argue all security software is useless if you just browse safely since I don't have any AV, software firewall or any anti-spyware/malware programs installed. There's no magical all-in-one program though so you'll have to install a bunch of things no matter what.
You don't think Zonealarm is any good? So what's protecting your O/S?

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July 2, 2009, 09:28 AM
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I agree with pretty much everything said. this also depends allot on which OS you are using there is one program that I use on my win xp OS that is great and that is returnil the free version works great the only thing is that if you install anything with returnil on and you reboot well it won't be there so to install anything you have to turn off returnil. this is why I use portable applications on a separate partition ( I got the idea when using linux). also use a decent hosts file which also protects pretty good the hosts file is located C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts . this is all I can think of off the top of my head
July 2, 2009, 08:19 PM
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I don't know about you guys but I never get spyware/malware/viruses. You people must be going to some crazy sites

And yes I have installed various programs and scanned from time to time only to turn up clean. Thus why I don't bother to have any security software running.

The odd time I want to go to some random site for whatever reason, I just fire up a XP virtual machine and go to it there.

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 Originally Posted by Bonami You don't think Zonealarm is any good? So what's protecting your O/S?
If I HAD to run one, it would be Comodo for firewall. I use NOD32 as my anti-virus (assuming I bother to install it)
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