do you still need anti-spyware if you have a good firewall?
Aboslutely. The folks that create viri, spyware, and malware are constantly coming up with new ways to get around the security measures that are available to us. A firewall is good at blocking certain traffic in and out of the machine depending on how it is configured, but we are always "inviting" things in when we check e-mail, download applications, or visit new sites. No matter how good the firewall is, there is always the chance that somethng will slip through.
Most currently available anti-viral and anti-spyware programs work using definitions of known infections and known behavior traits of the malware that is already out there. Most of the anti-malware programs are very good about updating their definitions as soon as new threats are found, but in order to discover a new threat, somebody has to be infected with the new threat. Unfortunately we, the everyday users, are the ones that usually end up discovering these things.
It is increasingly important to have applications on the machine to "watch" what's coming in.
Is there freeware that can cover me properly?
There certainly is! Geeks to Go uses and recommends quite an arsenal of free programs that are very effective in both protecting and cleaning malware threats/infections on your machine. Many of us have links to some of our favorite applications in our signatures. The ones I prefer are as follows:
There is a list of other programs available on the first page of the Malware Forum
I'm sure other members will have other opinions and hopefully will post them here for your consideration.
gerryf and Keith must have warp drive keyboards...both replied while I was typing mine...
Edited by wannabe1, 12 April 2006 - 04:02 PM.