Which virus killer?

  astra46 19:25 11 Oct 2003

Any suggestions. I have been looking at Mcafee Virus scan 7.

I recently reinstalled Xp and when i went onto the net, i have a few viruses and blocked hacking attemps. Which zonealarm blocked.

  Belatucadrus 19:34 11 Oct 2003

Alwils avast4 ! click here This has the best results of any free AV software on the Virus Bulletin tests click here for any free anti virus. The scan scheduler is disabled, but you can set it to scan during screensaver, updates are incremental and fully automatic. Highly recommended.

Also click here Kerio for free firewall.

  ollie < one> 19:35 11 Oct 2003

why not go for a free anti virus like avg from grisoft it is very good ive never had a virus while using this one

  spuds 21:17 11 Oct 2003

click here Free and Good.

  Lionheart ♥ 21:21 11 Oct 2003

Agree with spuds & ollie < one> never had any problem with AVG.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 21:25 11 Oct 2003

'blocked hacking attemps'.....You will NOT get hacked on a home computer. Hackers are not interested in the utter drivel that is on mine and everyone elses'. Firewalls??.they are useful in stopping Trojans dialing out but to be honest, if someone wanted to put a dialer on a computer it would not be rocket science. There are at least 5 programmes that can by-pass firewalls, 'TooLeaky' having the Gibsonmeisters' grudgingly awarded seal of entry. The Cult of the Dead Cows' Back Orifice, cheekily named after Microsofts' Back Office, could easily be put on a target computer, if one was really trying and the firewall would still be asleep. However. like my computer, most home computers contain utter drivel which is important to the owner but naff all use to the great unwashed. Bank and credit card details can be culled much easier than rooting through turgid files on a home computer. Hacking is not about breaking into home computers, it is about getting onto networks using passwords.

The 'alerts/attacks' are merely computers on the net asking your computer if it is still connected, these queries are called handshakes. When you are connected to the net you could be going through many servers and routers. This occurs in a millisecond, so you do not notice and all these routers and servers need to know that your computer is receiving, so that they can send images and webpages to your IP which is, in effect, your mailbox or receiving station. When on the Net you can pass through more than 20 servers and routers and they could all be handshaking your computer at short intervals. You will notice many of the 'alerts' come from Telecoms, which should come as no suprise as they own most of the routers etc.

If you were being hacked I can assure you that you would not get an alert.

Turn off all the alert buttons/warnings on your firewall safe in the knowledge that you will not be hacked. If it is any consolation I do not use a firewall on both my computers and I am on BB. I use a firewall on my laptop only because I take it to clients...so out of respect for their fears.......


ps...AVG, no contest

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) review

Creative studio Omnibus' brand identity for We Said Enough fights back against sexual misconduct

WWDC history: Apple's product launches since 2005

Espace de stockage : comment libérer de la mémoire sur votre iPhone ?