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Which AV and firewall you recommend


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Hey everyone, I'm asking today for some opinions and recommendations from everybody on what kind of AV + firewall or Internet Security bundle you guys like to use and found that it had pretty good detection rates that are free or paid. I've done some researching on this forum and Google and found some good reviews and opinions. I've come to ask today just to get more opinions and recommendations, and hope that this post does not count as more garage/spam as it has been asked a thousand times. Therefore, please reply with some opinions/recommendations on which Internet Security packages you like or Antivirus + Firewall combos you like along with which option you prefer, the Internet Security one or the Antivirus + Firewall one.

I have used Norton Internet Security in the past and found that it uses a lot of resources, along with everyone else's opinions and reviews as well, however the detection rates and virus removal were pretty descent. I am currently trying out Kaspersky Internet Security trial and found that it is effective as well. I am thinking maybe using the AV and firewall separate method instead. Is Kaspersky AV any good?

Thanks in advanced.
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You could look at Comodo firewall with AVG Free as a free solution

http://www.filehippo...ownload_comodo/

http://www.filehippo..._avg_antivirus/

You could use Comodo Firewall with NOD32 as a paid solution

http://www.eset.com/

You should also look at anti spyware programmes, 2,3,9 and 11 from here will run together

http://www.filehippo...re/antispyware/

Also Spybot search and destroy

http://www.filehippo...ch_destroy/?148
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Thanks for your reply. I have anti spyware and adware programs already, spybot, ad-aware, spywareblaster. It's the AV and firewall I'm concerned about. I should of mentioned it before. Thanks though.
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After using both Norton and Zone Alarm suites in the past, I now am a firm believer in seperate applications for seperate functions. Much easier to manage and significantly lower demand on the system.

I use the Comodo firewall. It now seems to have the best rating, and is free.

Anti-virus is all about "definitions." While the paid versions of Kaspersky and NOD32 seem to be rated as the most robust scanning engines, many users find that by keeping free AVG or Avast! fully updated they have excellent protection.

I spent my money on a full-time top rated Anti-malware client, and suggest that everyone do the same. Something like Web-root Spysweeper, AVG Anti-Spyware, or A-squared Anti-malware will go a long way towards preventing infection in the first place.

I use the paid full-time version of A-squared Anti-malware backed up by Spywareblaster and SpywareGuard. Ad-aware SE, Spybot, and SuperAntispyware are installed as well, but only as on-demand scanners. I also use an on-line scan once a week as back-up.

Further protection is available through the use of the MVP Hosts file: http://www.mvps.org/...p2002/hosts.htm

Open DNS blocks many "bad" sites as well: http://www.opendns.com/
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I see what your saying. Thanks for the reply. I might consider getting separate programs doing separate jobs then. If anyone still has suggestions then please still reply thanks.
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Hello,

Well I personally use Comodo Firewall Pro and NOD32 for my AV and firewall and I love it!!! I haven't had any problems at all using both of them.
I also do not recommend any Security Suites as they tend to slow down you PC.

Comodo Firewall Pro
NOD32

Now if you wanna go the free route, I still recommend Comodo as the firewall, and either one of the following for an AV.

AVG
or
Anti-Vir


If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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I prefer the "all in one" solution and don't necessarily agree that having separate AV/Firewall uses less resources -- depends on the application. I use "BitDefender Internet Security" which has been absolutely trouble-free (unlike ZoneAlarm).

Regarding Norton, their antivirus has recently been tested against the competition and it comes in very low down the scale for virus detection. Add that to it's high memory usage and ridiculously large updates, and it's difficult to see how it ever managed to become so famous and regarded by many as "the best" (even by me at one time, till I learned the truth).
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MoNsTeReNeRgY22:

I'm going to give Comodo a try. I've always though that security suites hog a lot of ram, guess it does. I'm not considering NOD32 because I heard that the customer service is just crap. Thanks for the reply.

pip22:

I guess if you have hi end CPU like a duo core it'll load like a breeze, or maybe even a P4 3.0Ghz? I'm using a laptop T5300 processor so it slows my startup a bit. I might just consider separate. I'm also trying Kaspersky Internet security right now (trial) and it does slow it down a bit.
I do also agree that separate applications do necessarily use less resources but I guess the majority do say so.
As for Norton, many people thought that Norton is a good application at first. I think its more of the cool graphics (UI) and the many advertisements of it's products in stores. Plus it's probably pre-installed in a pre-built computer so you can't miss it. I don't know, it just my guess.
Thanks for the info.
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Comodo is THE best free firewall in the free firewall industry. As for antivirus...

if you have the audacity to complain about free software of this quality, you should throw your computer out. if you choose avg free over this. you deserve every piece of malware you get.


That's someone speaking on AntiVir, which I use and love :whistling:
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Comodo is THE best free firewall in the free firewall industry

And that is the opinion of who ?

I use zone alarm and am quite happy with it

As far as AV for a free AV I would give antivir the slight edge over AVG but I use AVG and have no issue with it all the detection rate for AntiVir is very good

And Norton well all I can say is its Nortons


That's just my opinion :whistling:
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Comodo is highly regarded

Unfortunately, most firewalls leak. But Comodo's Firewall is unique in that it passes all known leak tests to ensure the integrity of data entering and exiting your system. Comodo has put firewall through all kinds of sophisticated tests to ensure its firewall powerful enough to ward off these attacks with default settings. No other firewall has had to work this hard.

http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/

Last summer, PC Magazine rounded up free personal firewall products from Agnitum, Kerio, Sygate, and Zone Labs. (Symantec has since purchased Sygate and pulled it from the market; Sunbelt has purchased and rebranded the Kerio product.) They all did a decent job, though none was up to the standard of the best for-pay personal firewalls.

Comodo Personal Firewall 2.0 brings excitement back to the free-firewall category with a spiffy interface and impressive performance. It protects any Windows 2000 or XP SP2 system from hack attacks, and it blocks unauthorized programs from using the Internet—even programs whose malware-style trickery fooled the other free firewalls.

http://www.pcmag.com...,1969515,00.asp
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