Keeping your PC safe on the web

  peg leg 11:12 15 Mar 2005

Considering all the different types of antivirus programs,anti adware,firewalls etc that are available for free download it is easy to to have dozens of programs running in the background while surfing.
Is it possible to run a modern PC with Windows XP and SP2 on just a few programs such as one firewall,one antivirus and one ad stopper and still be secure?
What is the minimum requirements for really safe internet usage without having to run loads of security programs at the same time.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:11 15 Mar 2005

Recommended Minimum Protection:- XP SP2 + latest updates and the following software.

Firewall ZoneAlarm click here

Antivirus Avast4.6 click here

Antispy Spywareblaster click here + a2 click here

Remember to keep these updated or your wasting you time and PC resources.

These are obviously my preferences and work well for me with no conflicts, other members will have differnt preferences.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:22 15 Mar 2005

I know DR WHO restarts this week but I've obviously borrowed his TARDIS and am answering questions before they are asked.

  byfordr 11:31 15 Mar 2005

A mixture of programs seem necessary these days.

Although even then the scum find a way through click here

Take your pick!


click here - zone alarm - free firewall…stop nasties if they get on the system


click here - very useful for dial up…stops nasty programs dialing up expensive £1.50 a minute line. Downloads in german (easy enough to figure out) thankfully installs and operates in English

Toolbar inc popup stopper

click here - stops popups…also quick google searches

Home page and spyware protection

click here start page guard – stops home page being changed
click here spyware blaster - stop nasties getting on in the first place.


click here CWShredder and Hijackthis - clears nasties.
click here Spybot – finds nasties.
click here adaware – finds nasties

Internet cleaners

click here c cleaner – clears junk
click here clean up – clears junk
click here spider – clears junk

Nasties removers/Anti Virus run on demand - stinger specific virus remover
click here A2 - anti trojan

Online antivirus - housecall default.asp?productid=symhome&langid=ie&venid=sym - symantec
click here - spysweeper also very got paid for product

Anti virus

click here avg - anti virus
click here avast - anti virus
Free trials for removers

click here the cleaner – free trial, free nasties
click here pest patrol – free trial, finds nasties



  Technotiger 11:32 15 Mar 2005

Not even VoG is that fast :-))


  byfordr 11:35 15 Mar 2005


1 antivirus - eg Norton, Avast, AVG
1 firewall - eg Norton, Zonealarm
1 anti coolweb - cwshredder click here
Anti spyware/adware - Adaware, spybot, microsoft anti spyware.

Anti trojan etc - A2, stinger (download update it works standalone)

Some form of internet crap cleaner - crap cleaner, clean up

Spywareblaster (also spybot immunise) to stop it getting on in the first place.

Other products listed above as required...


  byfordr 11:36 15 Mar 2005

Whats tonights national lottery numbers?

  Magik ®© 11:39 15 Mar 2005

8......18......6.....27....21 and the bonus 5

  peg leg 12:23 15 Mar 2005

Thanks guys.

As usual,loads of helpful answers from the great lads on this forum who are always there for those of us who are not so knowledgable!!

Fruit Bat/\0/\ thanks for the laugh.


  Colinp 12:44 15 Mar 2005

Will I have room on my computer for other programmes after I've put all the antispyware stuff on :)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:12 15 Mar 2005

This is one way to stop spyware if the hard drives full of protection programs then there's no room left for the viruses spam or malware. :0)

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