Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

perfect freeware combination?


  • Please log in to reply

#1
saraveza408

saraveza408

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 374 posts
I just got a old laptop from a friend Im going to use untill my desktop is fixed. I noticed it has no security programs installed on it all.Whats the perfect combination of security freeware for XP?
Please & thank you
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
godawgs

godawgs

    Teacher

  • Retired Staff
  • 8,228 posts
Hi saraveza408,

Please see the Anti-Virus and Firewall applications on this page. They are free programs.

For Anti-Virus, GeeksToGo recommends Microsoft Security Essentials.
Make sure you read the important note under the Antivirus software section about uninstalling any other antivirus software before installing a new one. Antivirus programs, sadly, do a poor job of completely uninstalling themselves and this is one of the biggest reasons a new antivirus program will not install and/or run properly.
I would suggest looking looking in the Add/Remove programs list to make sure that there aren't any AV's there. Also check the msconfig file to make sure there aren't any still trying to start. And check the C:\Windows\Program Files folder to see if there are any AV folders/files left there.

The Firewalls offer outbound and inbound monitoring/protection whereas the Windows firewall only has inbound protection. If you choose one of these firewalls, they should make sure that the windows firewall is turned off as part of the installation. But it's never a bad idea to check for yourself and turn the Windows firewall off before installing another firewall.

Just pick your poison, download and install.

Hope this helps.
godawgs
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP