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Posted: December 13, 2007, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

i know i've asked this before and i'm sorry i never did do it because i was very busy and now i'm paying the price.i need to know a good free antivirus and spyware i can put on my computer.i think i'm being hacked and maybe more but not sure yet.i would really appreciate some advice on the best free antivirus and spyware.

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    Posted: December 13, 2007, 1:48 pm - IP Logged

    Aren't you on AOL. if you are they have free McAfee http://safety.aol.com/isc/index.adp? and aol has it's own spy-ware program.

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      Posted: December 15, 2007, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

      avg has good anti virus.  Adaware has a good spyware.   the off button is the best firewall when not using your computer. 

       

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        Posted: December 16, 2007, 4:34 am - IP Logged

        avg has good anti virus.  Adaware has a good spyware.   the off button is the best firewall when not using your computer. 

         

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        I Agree!

        Sometimes I goof and stay online even when I'm out for hours.  It's always wise to close your browser or shutdown, although I usually just use hibernate which is automatic when my laptop closes. 

        I also have been using AVG for a years, but it's only for virus protection.  I run Microsoft's Window Defender anti-spyware, which is free.  I use the Firewall that came with XP, SP2. 

        If you think someone has infected your computer, you might want to download & run HijackThis.  Does it seem as if someone has taken control of your browser? Is your homepage different?  But if you aren't good at reading the report, you really need to print it out and send it to someone with experience.  Maybe Todd can help you. 

        I used to have McAfee and I had Norton Internet Security too. They slow down your system and I personally found them annoying, especially McAfee so I didn't renew my subscription.

        I'm not sure, but Microsoft probably has OneCare for Vista now.   It used to be free.  Even if it isn't, MS will let you run a free scan and download a 90 day trial.

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          Posted: December 16, 2007, 9:16 am - IP Logged

          Lottomike, justxploring is absolutely right!!! I was hijacked about a year ago, and fumbled with trying to extricate a series of viruses and the perpetrator taunting me and threatening to take over my computer completely. So, I went to the microsoft site One care which at the time was free as justxploring says, and within 45 minutes Mr. Wang was assigned to me to walk me thru the steps using the Techie site Hijackthis!!  Not only was I impressed with their response time, but the ease in  clearing the system. I can't express the feeling of relief after having been taunted for a week, and then to be freed within an hour. Well I don't know whether its still a free service or not anymore, but I don't use it only because Norton security came with my purchase! Sir, I would say, give one care a shot at it!!! 

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            Posted: December 16, 2007, 10:34 am - IP Logged

            i know i've asked this before and i'm sorry i never did do it because i was very busy and now i'm paying the price.i need to know a good free antivirus and spyware i can put on my computer.i think i'm being hacked and maybe more but not sure yet.i would really appreciate some advice on the best free antivirus and spyware.

            Do a Google search on Avast.  That's the best free one, IMHO.

             

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              Posted: December 16, 2007, 11:01 am - IP Logged

              i know i've asked this before and i'm sorry i never did do it because i was very busy and now i'm paying the price.i need to know a good free antivirus and spyware i can put on my computer.i think i'm being hacked and maybe more but not sure yet.i would really appreciate some advice on the best free antivirus and spyware.

              I hope that you get rid of the Red Devil on your computer. Everyone here gave excellent advice. It would help you  tremendously if you would block intrusions at every point possible that is available to you.

              You didn't mention how you access the internet. If you access it through a wireless connection and your router has Internet security built in, that is another access point that you can utilize to block out intruders. Some routers let you limit network access to PC's with specific MAC addresses (wireless card ID). If the PC MAC address is not on the list, then it can't gain access to the network. Some routers also limit access by utilizing encrypted security keys (WEP) to access the network. If you don't have the password, then you can't gain access to the network.

              Though no method used to block out intruders is 100% effective, the key is to employ various strategies by blocking intruders at the front and back doors and have a measure in place should they be able to get through those doors. A good secure router combined with good software (virus protection and spyware protection) along with safe surfing is about the best that you can do.

              Check out Zone Alarm too (it's free).

               

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                Posted: December 16, 2007, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                I'd agree with the ZoneAlarm comment.  It's the best free firewall out there.  They keep making the free download links harder to find, but it's worth tracking them down.

                LottoChica23, the one thing I wanted to mention about the MAC address thing and the router topic is that those measures are for keeping hackers out of your computer/network, but they don't have a measurable impact on viruses, because most viruses arrive through e-mail or by clicking on a download link.  Those things are happily passed along by your router.

                 

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                  Posted: December 16, 2007, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                  I'd agree with the ZoneAlarm comment.  It's the best free firewall out there.  They keep making the free download links harder to find, but it's worth tracking them down.

                  LottoChica23, the one thing I wanted to mention about the MAC address thing and the router topic is that those measures are for keeping hackers out of your computer/network, but they don't have a measurable impact on viruses, because most viruses arrive through e-mail or by clicking on a download link.  Those things are happily passed along by your router.

                  I realize that about the MAC address Todd, which is why I said that router security measures along with software measures and safe surfing make a good combination.

                  If a hacker could get into your computer/network, he or she Smiley could deposit malicious software (trojan, virus) onto your computer or obtain information  on your computer without your knowledge. Then you may have a virus or some other issue to deal with. If such router security ability exists, one would want to lock out intruders via MAC address for this reason. You don't want to make it easy for them to get in by not employing something to keep them out in the first place. 

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                    Posted: December 16, 2007, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

                    If i can just add my two cents. I got called to clean out a friends computer about three days ago and found adaware and hijackthis to be extremely helpful but i always use those tools. CWShredder is another one. I ran across one particular hack called Purityscan that poses as a security or virus protection suite that i couldnt remove yet(i get frustrated easy lol) and it kept seeding itself in the machine after every wipe. So yes Hijackthis is still a free service and there are sites out there that analyze the Hijackthis logfile for free if you cant readily identify the malware easily.

                     And oh yeah! Also once you run the log file just chart the results by writing down a couple of the files that are being identified as nasty or ready to be deleted or you know don't belong. Some of the nastier trojans and worms i found on that last pc i tried cleaning i found specific programs designed to quarantine or remove online through googleThumbs Up

                     

                    Good luck!

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                      Posted: December 16, 2007, 12:43 pm - IP Logged

                      I realize that about the MAC address Todd, which is why I said that router security measures along with software measures and safe surfing make a good combination.

                      If a hacker could get into your computer/network, he or she Smiley could deposit malicious software (trojan, virus) onto your computer or obtain information  on your computer without your knowledge. Then you may have a virus or some other issue to deal with. If such router security ability exists, one would want to lock out intruders via MAC address for this reason. You don't want to make it easy for them to get in by not employing something to keep them out in the first place. 

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                      Not trying to minimize the importance of a secure network.  But it's just that the chances of getting a hacker in your network are miniscule next to the chances of getting infected via e-mail or download link.  Even a basic router with no extra settings is secure enough for most people.  Anyone who wants to strengthen their security with MAC address filtering, etc., is certainly not doing any harm.

                       

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