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:tazz: Want to consider protection programs against ads, spyware, bugs, malware etc. but there are so many out there plus one I tried seemed to interfer with my Outlook Express program re MSN techs.

I have PC-cillin antivirus program, MSN Antispyware and am trying Adaware. Have been told that Qurb, Hi Jack This, I Hate Spam are other programs I should consider installing since a single program cannot do everything.

So when is too much - too much? And is there anyway to check before hand with someone, some program as to whether these programs will conflict with anything?
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for the truly paranoid (er, safety conscious) user

Two antivirus programs, but make sure only ONE is memory resident (I am unsure if pc-cillin has a memory resident componant)

Three malware detection programs, with only one memory resident, so in your case MSAntispy (has memory resident componant), Adaware (no mem resident componant installed ) and Spybot Search and Destroy (do not install memory resident portion during setup--the default is NOT to install).

One firewall in addition to windowsxp built in program
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Thank you so much for your information - it is a big help. Then I take it you are not necessarily recommending an email protection program which I understand Quarb to be or the HiJackThis program plus what you just suggested?
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hijackthis is a great program for disabling programs that run at startup, but it is not a "protection" program.

It is a tool to fix a problem, and is potentially dangerous if used improperly.

For email protection, define protection. A good, memory resident AV program will protect you against emails loaded with worms/trojans/etc. As noted, I am not familiar with pc-cillin.

If it is memory resident and protects email, then you are covered.

If you meant SPAM filtering, that is a separate issue. You mentioned a problem with outlook and a conflict...this often occurs when you have an av program and spam filter applied because they both achieve their goals using the same method (usually)...ex: they will insert themselves into the communication chain between your email server and your email program.

A big problem here is that they both insert themselves (often) in the same way, breaking the chain and rendering email from a pop server difficult.

You usually have to alter the configuration files manually to get them to work nice together.

If you get 1 or 3 spams a day, it may not be worth it to monkey with it. If you get 100+ a day, then it probably is.
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Just now getting around to seeing your reply post; school semester starter so have been busy. Again thanks for your clear answers and help. Did not realize HiJackThis was as you say. I just disable startup programs through the run-msconfig feature. And since HiJack could potentially be dangerous and is not a protection program don't need more headaches.

Have since heard that PC-cillin is memory resident and does scan ALL emails so not broken ' why fix it'.

I seldom get spam - so again not broken why fix it.

So will carry on and keep learning. Again thanks for your help.
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