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    Freeware advice.

    Hello all, i just had to clean install xp on a friends computer because she destroyed it with porn, installing adware, malware, and lots of trojans and i couldnt clean it up because she ran it infected for so long it was embeded in everything.

    now i have xp pro sp2 with avast installed. any suggestions to help protect this thing would be great, i'd like to stick to freeware too. i know she isnt going to listen and stop browing the web. if i block script she wont be able to view some of her websites either.
    the stage is set, don't forget to breathe.cs

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    For starters, browse with Firefox:
    http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

    Free popup stopper:
    http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree.html

    Install some free common sense into her as well.
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    - Ad-Aware
    - Spybot - S&D
    - SpywareBlaster (not a remover, a protector)
    - CCleaner


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    I must be tired, because I forgot about CCleaner...he's referring to Crap Cleaner, a junk file remover. Always run it BEFORE you scan for malware as it saves you a lot of time and may delete those naughty files.
    www.ccleaner.com

    I also like CleanUp as it removes stuff that Crap Cleaner misses and vice versa.

    You can go to www.download.com to get the other apps that Dan mentioned.
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    Martoch-

    As a Pats fan, I wish your Steelers good luck!

    Also, does Cleanup really pick up junk CC misses?
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    Yay, thanks!


    Sure...I'm not saying it picks up a TON of stuff that CCleaner misses. Go ahead and run CCleaner, then run CleanUp on the standard setting...you'll see what I mean (hopefully).
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    try zonealarm firewall its my comprehensive then window ghey firewall, i swear the windows firewall dosnt even ask programs for access half the time, i dont want any m$ crap accessing the net without my knowledge. call me paranoid if you want.

    others pretty much covered the rest, def go with firefox its more secure.

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    CWSshredder is also quite a good program against malware. my advice would be to quit the downloading(i have... ).

    Firefox is good, there are other browsers which are good also, and i probably will change in the future when FF becomes to insecure(loads of people using it=security sucks...e.g. IE!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martoch
    Yay, thanks!


    Sure...I'm not saying it picks up a TON of stuff that CCleaner misses. Go ahead and run CCleaner, then run CleanUp on the standard setting...you'll see what I mean (hopefully).
    Ok!
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    If you can find a copy of the free version use Sygate firewall over Zonealarm. Their software is getting a little bloated and heavy too.

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    Sygate IS NOT FREE! Sure, you may get an old version of it, but you won't ever get updates for it...ZA is the best free firewall around now, you just can't beat it(although you may have compatibility issues, with avast i think there is, but i reckon is user related)

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckaro
    Sygate IS NOT FREE! Sure, you may get an old version of it, but you won't ever get updates for it...ZA is the best free firewall around now, you just can't beat it(although you may have compatibility issues, with avast i think there is, but i reckon is user related)
    Ah, how often does a firewall really need to be updated?

    Sygate is an awsome firewall...and the old version is free...
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckaro
    Sygate IS NOT FREE! Sure, you may get an old version of it, but you won't ever get updates for it...ZA is the best free firewall around now, you just can't beat it(although you may have compatibility issues, with avast i think there is, but i reckon is user related)
    Sygate has hardly ever been updated anyways and it was one of the best then, why would now be any different?

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    Im sure i posted a response to this...

    What i say is, if updates aren't needed very often then how come Sygate couldn't carry on their free version? surely it would be easy enough and worthwhile enough to send out free updates also? Or apparently not...?

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    Because Sygate was bought by Symantec (Norton) who already have a range of "Internet Security Products" ( ) for sale. IIRC, Sygate's paid version of their firewall is being scrapped too, making way for Symantec's awful range of buggy, bloated, resource hogging software.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sygate's website
    Important Notice: Effective November 30th, 2005 all Sygate consumer firewall products will be discontinued. For technical assistance with these products, please email SMBSupport@Symantec.com. In addition, the consumer firewall support forum will be available for 60 days per our standard support policy. Note: this end of life only applies to the consumer firewall products and does not affect Sygate's Enterprise firewall and endpoint compliance products, which are still be updated and supported. Thank you and we look forward to assisting you with the wonderful line of Symantec products. Please click here for Symantec Support.

    If your Sygate Personal Firewall product is due for renewal, please visit Symantec's online store for special upgrade pricing on Norton products.
    If you did not previously own a Sygate Personal Firewall product, please click here to visit Symantec's online store.

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    I'm running Microsoft Anti Spy on one machine. It seems to do a good job and from what I've read it gets pretty high ratings. It's a free download.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul9
    Because Sygate was bought by Symantec (Norton) who already have a range of "Internet Security Products" ( ) for sale. IIRC, Sygate's paid version of their firewall is being scrapped too, making way for Symantec's awful range of buggy, bloated, resource hogging software.
    I don't use Windows anymore so I wasn't aware it was being dropped by Symantic also. I guess you can forget my previous reply and consider me one of the people who won't be suggesting Sygate anymore. Thanks for the info.

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    I still use it. I changed after having a couple of software incompatability problems with Zone Alarm. You can still get it on a few download sites, and it works well.

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    Sygate was bought by Symantec? Well, that sucks. I use Zone Alarm at the moment though, works well.

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