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Virus protection software using all my data allocation


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Technophobe2

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I am new here and I hope I am posting in the right place

 

My internet package for my netbook has a limit of 2.5GB a month data transfer. 

 

I have tried using Zone Alarm for virus protection and firewall but it is using nearly 1GB a month of my precious allocation. I have contacted them and they say there is no way of reducing this.

 

Does anyone know of any alternative that will not cause this problem. I would prefer free software but if the only solution is to pay a small fee then I would consider that.

 

Any other advice? - please do not suggest I change my contract as this is not possible.

 

My operating system is Windows XP.

 

 


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I would recommend using a newer version of the Windows OS as Windows XP has become outdated.


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You may want to check out Avast Free AV (here) and Online Armor Firewall (here).  They work well together and should not demand too much of your data bandwidth. 


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You may want to check out Avast Free AV (here) and Online Armor Firewall (here).  They work well together and should not demand too much of your data bandwidth. 

 

Thanks. I will have a look at these


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Avast is another good one that is really light on system resources and updates at least once a day with new virus definitions.


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I have downloaded and installed Avast and will monitor how much it uses.

 

It looks like I have to pay for Online Armor Firewalll. Do I really need this or could I just use Windows firewall?l


Edited by Technophobe2, 25 May 2014 - 07:25 AM.

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I would recommend using a newer version of the Windows OS as Windows XP has become outdated.

I am happy with XP even though I am aware it is no longer supported.

 

I have limited funds and do not want to pay for a new OS every time Microsoft decide I should


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I use windows firewall with no problems along with Avast as my AV and Malwarebytes to manually check for things once a week. Avast will run in the background but only run Malwarebytes manually. With those 3 programs you should be ok depending on your internet surfing habits.


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Thank you everyone for your advice. 

 

I will try out the combination that rshaffer61 suggests and see how it goes


Edited by Technophobe2, 26 May 2014 - 01:06 AM.

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I have been using Avast now for 3 weeks and it has used just over 1GB of my 2.5GB monthly allowance.

 

Because of all the problems I have been having with my limited allowance I have decided to switch to WiMax. I am having it installed in the next few days. That will be unlimited usage so this should no longer be a problem.

 

All I hope is that the speed I get is fast enough and that the system will be reliable.

 

Oh the joys of living in Spain  :no: . How I miss my UK cable broadband.


Edited by Technophobe2, 18 June 2014 - 02:36 AM.

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