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Discussion in 'Computing & Gaming Discussions' started by Chuck P., Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers

    Here is a little something, hopefully for everyone.

    Internet Browsers:

    I personally use Mozilla Firefox. It's free and can be found here - another browser if you are sick of IE..Heard good things about it, never have used it though.

    **Just my personal .02, IE has way too many security issues for me..**

    Spyware/ Adware:

    I personally use and recommend SpySweeper. It's NOT free but it is affordable.
    You can find it here -> You'll be amazed and the things this finds the first time you scan your system!

    ADAWARE- -another good program that finds and cures ad-ware found on your computer.

    HIJACKTHIS - This will find and remove internet browser HI JACKERS.. This is becoming a very big problem!

    Thanks to FISHMAN for this tip: After you have that installed, close any windows you know are legitment. Run Hi-jack this and save the logs.

    Next copy and paste the logs on this website:

    You're going to need to make a user name, it only takes a second and it will be well worth you're time.

    Okay post a thread in that specific forum. Its for Hi-Jack this logs. Someone will repond generally within that very same day.

    Anti Virus:

    AVG - They offer a free anti virus program and a Premium service that you pay for. I've used the free version, it isn't too bad...

    Norton - Symantec offers everything from anti virus to firewalls.

    McAfee - Another software for anti virus.


    If you are on a Broadband connection, you MUST HAVE a Firewall!! If you are running Windows XP, the easiest thing you can do is to make sure the Windows Firewall is TURNED ON.

    For some reason you do not like the Windows Firewall, you can try one of these:


    Zonealarm - Free firewall that works very well.



    Computer Tune Up:

    PC PIT STOP Check it out! Very nice..

    HouseCall Online Virus Scan


    PANDA ONLINE VIRUS SCAN Free online Virus Scan...Good!!


    KEEP ALIVE This program (javascript) will ping your ISP to help keep your dial up connection alive..

    I hope this helps someone out there. It's not much but a little is better than nothing...
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010
  2. ShakeDown

    ShakeDown OGF Staff Staff Member Admin

    GREAT info Chuck. This warrants a sticky :D

  3. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

  4. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers

    My first STICKY..:cool:

    I hope everyone finds something they like...
  5. THANKS man... Good advice from both...
  6. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    Thanks Chuck aqnd Roger. Some good info you guys posted. I'm sure members will take advantage of those.
  7. One word of caution here. Use only one anti-virus program. Last couple of computers that i have had to work on had Macafee and Norton both installed. I am a hardware pro but a software dummy. Maybe some pc can run these programs together but these two could not. both used windows xp home edition as operating system. some software expert would have to tell you why they do not work together, all i know is i had to do a full format and re-install of windows to make their computers usable again. system restore and the repair console failed to help me at all on either machine. so as a word of caution pick one anti-virus that you like and use it.
  8. Chuck P.

    Chuck P. Here We Go Steelers

    Very good point. Anything that pertains to Anti Virus, you should only run one at any given time They will conflict with each other and you will not like it.

    Ad Ware and Spyware programs, you can run as many as you like. There may be programs that one misses and another picks up. You can't go wrong here.
  9. catlover

    catlover Banned

    Word of caution. PCPitstop is full of nasties. You might do well to avoid it.

    For adware, DSO exploits, autodialer, homepage hijacking etc. The best thing going is spybot S&D.

    Also don't forget to keep up on the latest service pack downloads from microbux. Some times all these programs won't help if you have an inherient vunerablity.
  10. I am an out of work Net Admin and if i can help someone that always makes me feel better.

    In my opinion free anti virus is OK but they will always find something and try to make someone think they should buy the verson. They also do not update with new definitions like the real version so beware.

    You also have to keep up with the windows security updates ALL the time. I know windows sucks but it keeps me employed (well most the time).

    The reason the two anti virus programs usually will not work well together. Some will most wont is that they fight over the same memory space I believe. I have seen Norton and trend on the same machine working. But this same machine also got a virus to but through a network.

    My best advice as an admin is if you have cable modem you should have Hardware firewall and software to protect your pc aslo (Like Norton internet security or something like it. That is the way I am set up and Have never had a virus or anything else at ALL. (for 3+years).

    Everyone have a great day and good luck fishing.
  11. eagleclaw

    eagleclaw Banned

    i found a internet browser i really like it's called slimbrowser go to it's free has a popup blocker built in better than firefox
    or opera use to use them both different times
  12. I didn't read your post because right off the bat I noticed this. You say you use the browser firebird....lthere is no firebird, it is called firefox.

    Also, if you want a good free spyware/adware remover program, check out Spybot Search and Destroy/This is a totally free program.
  13. House call Panda Scan
    Ad-Aware 2008
    SpyBot S&D is all you need.

    That, an a little common sense goes far. I have used them 3 programs and them 3 only for a loong time. House call for the most dire emergencies. Mostly when a family member calls up and says something is going on with the computer.

    I havn't had a virus on my computer in the past 10 years, and I don't run any virus protection, firewall is windows and sometimes turned off all the way.

    PC PIT STOP is a virus waiting to happen. Any norton or McAfee anitvirus is a complete scam. Anyone who runs them is only asking for viruses to be hand delivered to there system to keep these companies making money. Once they get your IP adress from installing its all over.

    AVG i do not know about. But I do not trust any company that claims you need to pay them monthly to keep your computer safe.

    In all honesty my buddy ran McAfee for years an his computer was plagued with viruses, while little old me kept my computer away from all the mumbo jumbo and have never had anything go seriously wrong with it.

    12 years online, I havn't had to format due to a virus, i have never lost any info, no one has ever hijacked my pages.

    Buddy about 10 years online with McAfee for a good majority of it, about 6 formats in the past year so far.

    Oh yeah, here is a good program if you want to see who connects to your computer. Its a firewall program. I have used this a few times to detour people from using my IP as a jump point.

    Peer Guardian

    Vista version
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  14. MassillonBuckeye

    MassillonBuckeye I jig therefore I am!

    Malware Bytes
    Pretty much the best spyware/trojan remover out there.

    VERY nice , FREE anti-virus program.
    Using both of these and a decent browser, should be more than enough to keep you safe.

    Google Chrome Browser(Safe and FAST) Firefox(Safe but memory hog, slow)

    Firefox browser(Safe but memory hog, slow)

    You can PM me specific questions if you have. 15 years I.T professional.
  15. blackknife

    blackknife resident deadhead

  16. Thanks for the great information it will be great for me to setup my computer for me, and now i can manage it according to my use.
  17. buckeyebowman

    buckeyebowman On the back 9 and loving it!

    Here's something else I heard on a local radio program about computers. I would be interested in all comments. Let's say you buy the basic flavor of Norton anti-virus, install it, and run it for a year. Then, your scrip runs out and you go to upgrade to the latest version. The guys on the show wholeheartedly recommended UNINSTALLING the old version of anti-virus before installing the new. They claimed that different version of anti-virus, even from the same developer, can fight each other for system resources and cause your machine to kind of "bog down", and not work as efficiently as they should.