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What do I need on my computer to protect it?

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What do I need on my computer to protect it?

I was wondering what most anyone would recommend to have installed. I am working with windows xp, I have the following: Norton AntiVirus (which updates regularly from internet itself), Easy Cleaner, Ad-adware, and whatever firewall is installed with windows xp.

What I was wondering is what else would anyone recommend? I keep getting pop-ups and was wondering if I should have another firewall installed instead of present. If I did would I have to disable present settings on xp if so how and what firewall would anyone suggest as well as anything else? I know some come with pop-up blockers. Any good free downloads about?
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Alecto
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Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

What do I need on my computer to protect it?

The free Google toolbar blocks popups
holdtight
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Posts: 1,634
Registered: 15-06-2007

What do I need on my computer to protect it?

First off i would install firefox browser this is more secure than IE and will deal with your pop ups

Ditch the XP firewall as its usable but too basic and go for a third party such as zonealarm or sygate both are free
i use sygate and would recommend it Cheesy other than that your system is ok, i also have spybot search and destroy which is also worth running once a week along with adaware which is also free

Just remember to keep everything up to date, i manually download my virus updates as they are issued more frequently than the auto update picks them up
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What do I need on my computer to protect it?

Sygate for your firewall is deff the best bet Cheesy
Adaware and spybot to remove spyware
firefox to browse
thunderbird to read emails (even from Plusnet - thanks for the pop support!)

Buz
the_norris
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Posts: 463
Registered: 02-08-2007

What do I need on my computer to protect it?

Don't for get you virus checker. I'm using AVG Free - http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/

It Free and very good. Fine it has less system overhead that some of the payed for Virus checker. Also pattern updates are free.

Phil
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What do I need on my computer to protect it?

and the microsoft anti spyware program!!
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Registered: 30-07-2007

What do I need on my computer to protect it?

Also read the following tutorial: General: Essential Security software.