Antivirus/ Firewall Query

  thumbscrew 00:53 28 Nov 2009

I'm coming to the end of my Bullguard Antivirus and am keen to try Freebies. I used Avast a few years back and am keen to use it again. A computer technician friend agrees and assures me that the Windows Firewall is more than adequate to accompany it. Has anyone an opinion?

  User-1229748 01:05 28 Nov 2009

been using the windows firewall with default settings for over 3 years,xp,vista and now windows 7.only been behind router firewall for the last 6 weeks.

  rawprawn 08:10 28 Nov 2009

click here
This is a new and free program, recommended by many on this forum who have tried it.
I have Kaspersky supplied free, but if not I would definately try this.

  thumbscrew 08:58 28 Nov 2009

Thanks smackheadz. rawprawn, Microsoft Security Essentials looked interesting, anyone else tried it?

  thumbscrew 09:03 28 Nov 2009

Oh and one more thing, their on line tutorial states that you have to remove all antispyware programs you have installed. I have Spybot, Malwarebytes and Superantispyware, I use in conjunction. Ergo, I'd have to relinquish them.

  rawprawn 10:27 28 Nov 2009

I maybe wrong, but I guess that Spybot, Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are OK to use in conjunction with it, but you must remove any other AntiVirus Program
If I were installing I would "Exit" Spybot, Malwarebytes and Superantispyware while installing.
However I am sure someone with experience will put you straight.
mooly is a great exponent of this program, drop him a PM if no nobody can be sure

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:58 28 Nov 2009

1, Download
2. Disconnect from Web
3. Uninstall any other Antivirus and firewall
4. Disable any other Antimalware from scanning
5. Install MSE
6. Re-enable any other Antimalware
7. Reconnect to Web

MSE works fine with SpywareBlaster
SuperAntispyware and Malwarebytes Mbam free versions that are NOT real time scanning.

  User-1229748 11:56 28 Nov 2009

if windows defender is on your pc that does need to be disabled.mse should automatically disable defender in vista and seven,and uninstall it from xp.

  thumbscrew 20:42 28 Nov 2009

Thanks all...very helpful. I'm torn between MSE and Avast and Windows Firewall. Any opinions?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:55 28 Nov 2009

Windows firewall is fine if Vista or above,
XP firewall is one way only.

Avast is good but don't forget you need antispyware as well

  thumbscrew 21:07 28 Nov 2009

Thanks Fruit Bat, as I posted earlier my computer repair man recommended dumping Bullguard, because he'd removed viruses from several machines supposedly protected by it and I quote..."I would just use Avast and XP Firewall it's plenty good enough and Firewalls are getting less useful as time goes by" Any reaction to that?

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