Do I need a firewall and Antivirus

  Reet 09:14 17 Apr 2004
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With the help of this Forum I have networked my desktop PC and two laptops using a Belkin ADSL Modem Router with built in firewall. Do I still need ZoneAlam and AVG

Your advice much appreciated
regards Rita

  VoG II 09:17 17 Apr 2004

You still need AVG.

  Terrahawk 09:18 17 Apr 2004

antivirus is a must dont connect without it as you have a hardware firewall providing its setup properly you won't need a software firewall

  spuds 17:43 17 Apr 2004

Here's a site that will provide a little more information click here

  paddyjack 19:19 17 Apr 2004

AV is a must. Here is an example.

Was in a computer shop today to see a mate who works there in the back room was a computer that had just come in (fault kept switching it self off) yes you have guessed why. 1450 infected files, and that is a true figure.

No AV in place, and lots of dodgy sites visited. The cost a good night in the pub.

You mean there is life away from this forum

  Gaz 25 19:45 17 Apr 2004

An antivirus is a serious must.

  Gaz 25 19:47 17 Apr 2004

If you require information, here: click here

  Reet 21:31 18 Apr 2004

Thank you all for your advice and the links to further information. I was under the impression that the firewall in the modem/router would protect all of the computers from all outside attacks. How niave can you be? But at least I've learnt something new.

I have uninstalled ZoneAlam from the two Medions and reactivated AVG on both of them. The Acer Ferrari came with Norton Antivirus which I will keep for the time being,unless it causes a conflict.

Shall I keep Spybot and Adaware? If so should they be installed on each PC,only the desktop is used for games and MP3 Music by my grandsons?

Terrahawk
Your comment 'providing its set up properly' leaves me a little uneasy. I have not yet configured the encryption.I put it off while the house was full of grandchildren. They are back to school on Monday and I will attempt it then. I hope i'm not shuting the gate after the horse has bolted!

Thanks again to all
Rita

  TommyRed 21:44 18 Apr 2004

Consider downloading and running SpywareBlaster which prevents the majority of the nasties that Spybot and ad-aware pick up being installed in the first place. click here I run all three, they're free but you must keep them updated regularly. HTH TR

  craig24 21:50 18 Apr 2004

although a router firewall stops traffic coming in from the internet you have no control over whats accessing the internet. i prefer to run zonealarm alongside my router so i still have control over which programs access the internet.
But AV is a must.
Its all down preference.

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