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trickydick
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 9:34 pm    Post subject: overkill or missing something? Reply with quote

I was just wondering if I have too much going on or not enough? Am I missing any programs that might be helpful? This is what I have and tasks:

Win XP and all its firewall and protections (not sure if any good)
Firefox browser
Thunderbird email
Norton anti-virus (full scan once a week, always on)
zone alarm free (always on)
adaware (scan on start-up)
spybot s&d (scan on start-up)
spysweeper (scan 1 / week,always on)
spywareblaster (think its on protection enabled)
winpatrol (always on)
peer guardian (not sure if its on, no icon in tray)
window washer (scan on closing, always on)
spyware guard (always on)
process guard (always on)
webroot accelerate

Is this overkill and using up too much space?

Thanks for your help and keep up the good work
tricky
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, let me try and asnwer some of these inquiries.

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Win XP and all its firewall and protections (not sure if any good)

Unless your online for an hour a week, and are on dial up, not sufficiant.

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Firefox browser

I am afraid I am a devout IE useer. Properly patched and secured with adequate recommended anti-spy pps, no trouble using it.

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Thunderbird email

Several of the users here use it, and are quite happy with it.

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Norton anti-virus (full scan once a week, always on)

This scanning schedule depends on your online time and your connection. If your on dial up, and don't spend too much time surfing, and are careful with email attachments, it may be ok. On DSL or broadband? Run it every other nite at least.

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zone alarm free (always on)

Very adequate. Pro is worth the extra money in my eyes tho.

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adaware (scan on start-up)

Not needed on every start up. Depending on your surfing habits, and the fact you also have Spybot, I would alternate between the two. Few times a week.

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spybot s&d (scan on start-up)

See above

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spysweeper (scan 1 / week,always on

See above.

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spywareblaster (think its on protection enabled)

Yes, protecion enabled once installed.

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winpatrol (always on)

Yes, always on.

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peer guardian (not sure if its on, no icon in tray)

Unfamiliar with this app, sorry.

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window washer (scan on closing, always on)

Also unfamiliar with this app.

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spyware guard (always on)

Yes, always on.

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process guard (always on)

Ssupposed to be very good app, have considered adding it to my system.


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webroot accelerate

Not too familiar with this app.

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Is this overkill and using up too much space?

No, not at all. As far as space goes, it depends on how much memory your running and how much they all take up.

Also, see this link:
Here is a link which describes how security apps work with WIN XP machines.
XP User Accts Security Apps Operation


Hope that helps some.
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herbalist
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mentioned Windows firewall and ZA. It's not a good idea to run both together. They can conflict with each other. I'd disable the windows firewall.
You won't get any agreement regarding which browser to use. I'm partial to Mozilla but FF is good too. Everyone has their preference. Just make sure the security settings are tight.
You can't overkill security. Just make sure the apps you use don't conflict.
Rick
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