Free AVG + Windows defender + XP firewall = enough protection?

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  1. Necromancer

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  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I prefer free zonealarm firewall so that I can monitor the outbound traffic.

    XP firewall doesn't doesn't do that.
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    Yes, that's enough. You have an antivirus app, an antispyware app, and a firewall app. Monitoring outbound traffic on the firewall is only necessary if you know you have an infection, which will almost certainly never happen with the protection you have.

    When I do need to lock down the internet on a machine that I know is infected, I use Sygate Personal Firewall. It's free and it doesn't punish you for uninstalling it like ZoneAlarm does.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I guess it depends on how you use programs and such.
    Once I get a program running well with my machine, I don't want it doing anything on it's own.
    Zonealarm lets me know when the program is trying to access the internet, and just by checking a box, I can permanently deny it access.
    I don't let programs auto start and run in the background either.
    It's my pc and dammit, I say when shit is going to run or not.

    :mad:
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    Oh, I'm all about automation. My Norton Speed Disk is set to run at a specified time each week, my antivirus updates itself and is always running a realtime scan of every file that gets written to the hard drive, Windows looks for updates automatically (though I do reserve the discretion to pick which ones it downloads), Thunderbird and AIM Lite start up automatically, and so on. Granted, I'm very careful about which programs I allow to run automatically, but I still let them do it if I have a good reason.

    I prefer to avoid programs that access the internet without asking me, unless it's really obvious that they're going to be doing it (e.g. messaging programs, antivirus updates, etc).
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Your best protection is to be behind a router (actually I guess your best protection would be to not turn on the computer :mamoru: )
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Not true. Someone else could turn the computer on for you. The best way to keep it safe is to leave it in the box and encase it in concrete.
     

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