Antivirus/Spyware/Firewall - Order of necessity?

  compumac 11:57 21 Apr 2006

I had another thread on this forum and one of the replies prompts the question:- In what order of priority do you give to the use of Firewalls, Antispyware and Antivirus programmes? I always believed that a Firewall was a necessity.

  compumac 12:24 21 Apr 2006

Hi again
I did not myself feel that your advice was the worst advice to be given, in fact your advice made me think more about the attributes/necessity of a firewall and the reason for this thread was to see if it was a general view felt by others. I shall have to see if I can locate that view given by Gandalf.

  compumac 12:30 21 Apr 2006

Your comments noted and I thank you for them

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:32 21 Apr 2006

AV = must have

AS = must have (some nasty malware programs that can slow your machine or even disable it)

Firewall = What do you do with your machine?
If used for work and / or connection to work network then firewall required.
If stand alone for personal use then careful use of the net means you probably don't need it.
If connected by router then it probably has a hardware firewall built in so no need for a software one.

  compumac 12:39 21 Apr 2006

Thanks for comments, for some reason in the distant past I must have formed the opinion that a firewall was a necessity and now I cannot think what the basis for that reasoning was. Senility has a lot to answer for

  dogbreath1 12:49 21 Apr 2006

AV - Essential

Antispyware (Real Time) - Essential

Antispyware (Ad-hoc Snanners) - Desirable

Firewall - Desirable (Especially as regards catching what might try to 'dial out' as much as what might be trying to get in)

Startup Monitor - Important to be able to be warned of an attempt by a prog. to register a new startup process. click here

  spuds 13:18 21 Apr 2006

The main point whatever you have, always keep it updated. No good having a redundant safeguard if its not solving the purpose!.

Using antispyware is good for certain purposes, but some people go far overboard with a vast combination, then get very paranoid as to why one programme as found something, when another programme as not (false/positive?).

My consideration: Antivirus-AVG or Avast (free versions) Antispy- Defender,SpyBot,Spyware Blaster (free versions) Firewall- ZoneAlarm (because there's a free version).

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