XP Pro Security Questions

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  1. TALLandNcharge

    TALLandNcharge New Member

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    I am going to reformat my computer and install XP Professional. As far as security, I need to ask a couple of questions. Of course I am going to install the free AVG anti-virus.

    1. Do I need to install Microsoft's Defender?

    2. Other than AVG's anti-virus and defender (if needed), do I need anything else?
     
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    1. no
    2. depends. spybot s&d and adaware are okay for occasional cleanups but do NOT install them to do constant monitoring.
     
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    TALLandNcharge New Member

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    What is Defender's purpose? And why don't people use it?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    it is designed as a simple Anti-virus/spyware product. I don't care for it. It is still useful for 90% of users that arn't smart enough to use AVG or other "good" products. It also keeps people away from Norton which is a good thing -- because Norton is the worst virus/spyware I know of.

    But for people that take the effort to do things properly, then AVG/Spybot/Adaware is better.

    Be careful, however... MORE is NOT always better.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I really liked ZA in the beginning. I stopped using it after WXP SP2. Hell, I was even using it on a W2K Server Box because I didn't have a proper router at the tme.
     
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    I whole-heartedly recommend AGAINST zone-alarm. Use the default XP firewall and use a SPF hardware gateway.
     
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    Zone alarm is a pain in the ass. Plus, I try to keep it simple as possible so that my computer doesn't get slowed down.
     
  9. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I've never noticed it slowing down my computer.

    But then I'm not running a Celeron anymore, either.


    :mamoru:
     
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    dot
     
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    biggest thing i could recommend is making sure you do not use IE. then you don't need the rest of that stuff. :)
     

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