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Old 07-17-2007, 02:56 AM
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Let's all post our little secrets (some not so secret) little programs that help people keep their PCs clean, efficient, and safe!

Anti-Virus:

AVG (free): http://free.grisoft.com/

Housecall: http://housecall.antivirus.com
Runs in your browser for a thorough, accurate, and current scan. It takes a long time but picks up many threats that a lot of others miss


Malware / Spyware / Spam removal:

SpyBot: Search and Destroy (free) http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10122137.html

(also available at many other sites)

Ad-Aware (free): http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

Use both of these programs for the best results, one will pick up some threats that the other will not.

Pop-up stoppers:

Pop-up stopper (free): http://www.panicware.com/

Firewall:

Zone Alarm used to be free, I'm sure you can find some links around that still hae the free version.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:13 AM
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I also recommend these:

HiJackThis!
http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en...hijackthis.php

Crap Cleaner
http://www.ccleaner.com/

AVG's Anti-Rootkit
http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Roo...ml?tag=lst-0-5
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:48 AM
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Can you find folk suggest anything for a Mac user please?
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:55 AM
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Can you find folk suggest anything for a Mac user please?
Eh, people who write malware don't bother writing them for macs, what do you think they use?

Hijack-This, I forgot about that one.

I can also recommend Black Ice (for a firewall), but it's not free and last I heard their prices went up a bit.

Also, some routers have hardware firewalls built into them (LinkSys), if you network look into those and the more security for a wireless network, the better.

DO NOT LEAVE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD. Even my mom knows how to get into those now. At the bare minimum, change the password in the router for wireless access, maybe even change the name and once you're set up, turn OFF SSID broadcasting.

Let's just say this, if someone has the password to your wireless router, they can change it and lock you out of your own router (you'll have to reset it and re-set up everything to fix that).
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:28 PM
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One more utility I forgot to add:

LSP-Fix
http://cexx.org/lspfix.htm

If you have internet connectivity issues that you can't seem to fix or you are getting re-routed this can help you. Just be sure to research the process before you delete them, otherwise you could FUBAR your system.
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:32 PM
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I find Comodo to be very good and very free Also they don't support Win 9x only NT and XP. They're working on Vista versions.

Firewall - http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

Anti-virus - http://www.antivirus.comodo.com/

The firewall is better than zone alarm. You can really lock down the internet access. I can't really comment on the anti-virus because I don't get virus to "test" the strength of the anti-virus

They have quite a bit of free stuff - http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

Comodo makes their money with products for servers and corporations. So they don't charge anything for quite a bit of stuff.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:14 PM
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Also try AutoPatcher - especially if you're doing a new install from CD!
http://www.autopatcher.com/whatsautopatcher/

Download this stuff onto other PC, open, burn to CD and then deal w/ new PC's updates this way.

I've also used this:
EBCD (emergency boot cd)
http://ebcd.pcministry.com/

Everyone else has the tools I use already posted

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I also recommend these:

HiJackThis!
http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en...hijackthis.php

Once you have a HiJackThis log you can get a reliable explanation of what the processes are at http://hijackthis.de
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:03 AM
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Autopatcher has now been taken down by Microsoft.

if you google around you MIGHT find a version somewhere, but don't bet on it.
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Firewall:

Zone Alarm used to be free, I'm sure you can find some links around that still hae the free version.
Still is free:

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/conte...try=US&lang=en
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