DO YOURSELF A SERVICE, SPEND 5 MIN. NOW AND READ THIS INSTEAD OF SPENDING OURS AND A LOT OF MONEY LATER ON!
Well, it is all so simple if we respect the following rules:
WHAT WE NEED.
1) An Antivirus program.
2) A Firewall program.
3) An Antispyware program
4) A Windows Maintenance program well known as registry cleaners.
Let's now analise them step by step.
1) THE ANTIVIRUS:
a) NEVER install NORTON ANTIVIRUS or McAFEE!!!
Why? These two programs dramatically slows the system down and what is even worse is that they've always failed to clean viruses that others programs can easily clean. Also, if you try to uninstall any of these two you might notice that you can't. If you try to delete them that's it, your windows won't boot-up again in 50% of the cases so please, do not even think of trying that. If you have bought a new PC with any of these pre-installed Antiviruses then please remove them as quick as you can and make sure you get a proper antivirus.
b) Never install 2 firewalls on the same computer. Windows XP Firewall is a fantastic tool, more than enough for a home user. If you are paranoid then you can try professional products. (see below) Norton Internet Security has another problem under Windows XP, it's own firewall conflicting in so many ways with the default Firewall (Win XP's Firewall). That's why, a good Security Suite should disable the default Firewall prior to install its own firewall and this is where Norton and McAfee have failed!
The following programs are the best Antiviruses in the world at this moment:
A) ZONE ALARM (Firewall included - A great firewall that doesn't conflict with WinXP firewall)
2) THE FIREWALL:
As i have said before, Windows XP's Firewall is more than enough for a home user. If you have a different operating system or if you're keen on having a professional firewall here are the best:
A) SYGATE FIREWALL
B) ZONE ALARM FIREWALL
3) THE ANTISPYWARE:
Nowadays, an Antispyware program is more important than an Antivirus due to the increasing Spyware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers threats. So please pay maximum attention here as some of these programs can create fake alarms or even worse, some of them are Spyware programs themselves hiding under nice "clothes".
Here we do not have the best programs only we have the only recommended ones! I repeat, THE ONLY RECOMMENDED ONES!
A) SPYSWEEPER from Webroot
B) AVG ANTISPYWARE (this is the old EWIDO)
C) AD-AWARE SE PROFESSIONAL
D) ZONE ALARM. (Yes, ZONE ALARM SECURITY SUITE has got them all: Antivirus, Firewall, Antispyware, all in one)
4) THE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM:
One is enough here and the best program, without any doubts is:
A) TUNE-UP UTILITIES
That's all. I do not hope that the above documentation will help. I KNOW that it will do so as this advice comes from an IT Specialist. All the best and happy computers!!!