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im hoping to get some suggestions and maybe some links from you all about some of the reliable and trust worthy and FREE anti-spyware and anti-virus programs that are out there. im currently only using comodo internet security, i am happy with the firewall end of comodo, but am a bit unsure about the virus protection it offers. recently i have noticed a decline in my computers performance and i fear i may be infected with malware or spyware. ive tried the trend micro housecall, and dont like the slowness of it, i dont enjoy sitting on trends website forever waiting for it to do its thing, i would rather have a program on my computer that is easy to use, reliable and free. ive scanned with comodo, but it comes back clean, but i think its missing something. i dont like trend, i dont like mcafee, and i dont care for avg...do i have any more options when it comes to free protection? and does anyone here use kasperkey? i have a copy of that, but havent tried it yet, i am wondering if its worth trying? thanks in advance guys and girls.

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Go with the latest free version of Avira. Also, I recommend you run the free version of Threatfire simultaneously. This is the setup I've used for quite some time and I'm happy with it. I go to this dude's site every so often to see if he recommends anything newer to his subscribers. He tests tons of programs and posts reviews of them on youtube. He also has sections of his blog and youtube videos that show you how to remove the most common malware. The best thing is, most of the good products are free. Back when I went to his site a lot, I came to the conclusion that for preventative measures against threats, the above two programs I listed were best for me. If you suspect you're already infected, dig around his blog a little deeper to get the necessary programs for a house cleaning. Here's the link to his site. Hope that helps! -Nick http://remove-malware.com/

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cool, thanks for that...im downloading the both of those, and im gonna check that site you listed also, but are those just virus protection programs, or do they offer firewall protection as well? and im guessing that i should probably remove comodo internet security before installing the two programs you reccommended? and if the two programs dont have firewall protection, what would you reccommend as far as a good firewall? i dont trust the windows firewall too much...i dont trust anything about windows too much...haha...but thanks again, im trying them out and ill let ya know how i like them

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cool, thanks for that...im downloading the both of those, and im gonna check that site you listed also, but are those just virus protection programs, or do they offer firewall protection as well? and im guessing that i should probably remove comodo internet security before installing the two programs you reccommended? and if the two programs dont have firewall protection, what would you reccommend as far as a good firewall? i dont trust the windows firewall too much...i dont trust anything about windows too much...haha...but thanks again, im trying them out and ill let ya know how i like them

With Comodo, you have the option to only install the Firewall or the anti-virus. And make sure you uncheck 3 pieces of scumware(toolbars).  I like ZoneAlarm, but Comodo firewall seems to be ok. And the Windows FireWall, I think, is still mostly one way. Meaning if you get infected, nothing to stop it going back out.

And I find Avast anti-virus to be very good, especially when you hit a bad site, it blocks access.

There is also Panda anti-rootkit. http://research.pandasecurity.com/archive/New-Panda-Anti_2D00_Rootkit-_2D00_-Version-1.07.aspx

Have not tried it other than once.

And MalWareBytes is a nice quick scanner.

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haha...HYPNO-TOAD! thats awesome man! i remember that from futurama...great stuff...and thanks to you too zalternate...im gonna go ahead and remove my comodo, reinstall just the firewall part of it, and then try some of these other free virus protection programs out. but im still curious about kasperkey...does anyone use it? i know its not free, but i have a copy, but i wonder if anyone uses it and if its reliable and user friendly?

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I guess it depends where you surf , but

avg free

the old sygate firewall

superantispyware

c-cleaner

Procces explorer ( just to check whats running )

the odd run with Hi -jack this

and a monthly ASR back up, ( and keeping the original ASR (after a clean install ) on disk ,

well. I have been problem free for 4 years now , so I guess my regime works .

but I keep a computer spare and online ready just in case  :lol:

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Maybe keep one computer just for p0rn?  :lol:

Maybe a good Idea , but I don't do porn , you either play the game or are a vouyer , IMHO

if I aint up to the game I don't watch ,

Btw, I don't attend Rugby games for that reason , :lol:

but I will admit to watching the Tour de france cycle race , just for my hero Lance Amstrong USA .,

that guy has beaten the odds , and I am willing him on for a tour win ,

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I had an old 128 emachines box with XP that I could reformat in 20 minutes flat. Faster than some new antivirus programs. So brand new while taking a crap and making a sandwich.  :evil: And one disc.

:2funny:, well my XP pro box , does the same without the time for a crap , but I go along with the sandwich , :lol:I can do a ASR in 10 mins , the only thing that takes longer to add is the Reg edit ,

to get 29 running services up and going ,  :lol:

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well i know i started this thread asking for advice on free virus protection and such, but a couple of you mentioned ESET NOD32, so i started looking into it, it sounded cool, got my attention. even tho it aint free...so i broke down and now im using ESET ver 4 Smart Security, and i must say, im impressed! i never thought i could actually be excited about virus protection and firewall programs, but, well, this one got me excited! plus it has a way cool looking tray icon...lol...so thanks to those that mentioned it, i would have never known about it if you hadnt brought it up. im geeked over it, really nice, easy to use, great looking software. thanks guys!

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whatever antivirus/spyware /trojan seeker you are running it is only as good as the last update ,

sure I riun AVG /superantispyware, and do the firewall checks ,

but end of the day I need to know  from the O/S view what is running  , who is talking to who.?

on XP I use Microsofts , http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

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