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    Which Anti-virus/Firewall??

    I get a few people asking me whats the best/user friendly software available:-
    1. Firewall
    2. Anti-virus
    3. Combination of the two


    The ones that spring to mind are

    1. Nortons - Antivirus
    2. Nortons - Internet Security
    3. Bullguard Internet Security
    4. Bit Defender 9 Internet Security
    5. Madesafe
    6. F-Secure
    7. McAfee
    8. Panda


    I was wondering if anybody got any suggestions as to what they prefer and why?

    Cheers

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    NOD32 for an AntiVirus

    Zonealarm for the Firewall Or Kerio

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    AVG for anti virus its free, prob zonealarm for firewall.

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    Another vote for AVG and Zonealarm, both free and effective
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    Kaspersky AV and just use Windows Firewall.

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    Zone Alarm - Firewall.

    AntiVir - Anti-virus.

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    What about Zonealarm Security Suite ?

    It got the "best of" award in either PCPlus or PCPRo the other month. I am tempted to try it when my NAV05 subscription expires as I still us ZA the freebie for a firewall. I wouldn't go back to NAV Security suite as my previous experience was that it was hard to configure and basically bloatware. Having one app that does AV /FW and anti spyware sounds very appealing - as long as it lives up to it's reviews.

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    AVG Free Edition - Antivirus

    No firewall - if you have a router

    Zone Alarm Free - for USB Modems etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabs
    No firewall - if you have a router
    Is this comment true?

    I was under the impression the 'Hardware Firewalls' built into Routers only dealt with incoming packets and didn't do anything with stuff goin from PC to the outside world?

    I use the Hardware Firewall on my Voyager 205 along with Sygate, which deals with outgoing data while the Voyager blocks the incoming stuff
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    Gotta be NOD32 for AV

    I use Computer Associates Internet Firewall which is just another version of ZA
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidzer
    Is this comment true?

    I was under the impression the 'Hardware Firewalls' built into Routers only dealt with incoming packets and didn't do anything with stuff goin from PC to the outside world?

    I use the Hardware Firewall on my Voyager 205 along with Sygate, which deals with outgoing data while the Voyager blocks the incoming stuff
    Yes mate, what you say is correct too. However...

    If your confident that your antivirus/antispyware solutions are competent - theres is no real need for a software firewall when you have a router.

    Tip: firefox...

    EDIT: another reason not to have software firewalls imo with a router, is that its one less thing to worry about with internal networking issues.
    Last edited by Rabs; 21-02-2006 at 02:22 PM.

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