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njschroe 06-08-2005 05:37 PM

Are there ANY free Windows security features?
I run XP on the other side of my partition, and I have the anti-spyware beta installed. However, I do not have any anti-virus program or firewall installed. Because I occasionally surf the net on my Windows side, I would like to get these installed. Is there any way to get software for this purpose without having to shell out $30.00 a piece to some a#$h$le, Microsoft company once a year? Personally, I think these basic features should come with XP, but they do not.

I love linux.

Thanks for the help.

win32sux 06-08-2005 05:45 PM

there's a free (as in beer) AVG version for home users:

as for the spyware try spybot:

i thought XP came with a simple firewall...

jaz 06-08-2005 05:46 PM

as far as firewalls: Zonealarm, Kerio and Sygate are offer free home versions for personal use. Windows XP also has a half a**ed firewall that comes built in.

Anti-virus: Avast, AntiVir PE, AVG are all offer free home versions as well. I use Avast. Good program.

craigevil 06-08-2005 06:27 PM

"Secure your system and keep out Spyware, Adware, viruses and Popups. "

phil.d.g 06-08-2005 07:27 PM

My weapons of choice are:

AVG antivirus
Kerio Firewall
Spybot - Search and Destroy
Spyware Blaster
and a few others I can't be bothered racking my brains for.

All free to use, some may be restricted to non-commercial use though.

I also use Firefox instead of IE, gaim instead of MSN messenger, things like that.

ibanez862 06-09-2005 02:38 AM

For a firewall you can try Jetico Personal Firewall. Its a bit hard to configure but i hear its worth it

Kruncher 06-09-2005 01:26 PM

Sygate personal firewall
Clamwin antivirus
Spy-bot search & destroy

Adding to what phil.k.g said, you can also use aMSN instead of MSN Messenger.

Crito 06-09-2005 03:03 PM

Many of the Windows firewalls come with an IDS too, like BlackICE and ZoneAlarm. As long as you're not expecting snort functionality, XP's firewall works quite well actually.

needforspeed 06-09-2005 07:04 PM

If you have installed SP2 then the built-in firewall is basically the same as Zone Alarm and the others. Before SP2 it was difficult to change settings. For anti-virus software, I suggest AVG from Grisoft (link in first reply). AdAware is the good adware/spyware scanner, along with the MS scanner beta.

Crito 06-09-2005 09:48 PM

SP2 enables the XP firewall by default. SP1 and earlier didn't, but the firewall was always there. SP2 did add a little "Security Center" applet to make things easier though. Checks your anti-virus software status and automatic update settings too. Each has to be enabled to get a "green light." Red light bad, green light good.... even your average Neanderthal Windows user can follow those signals. :P hehe (sorry, couldn't resist)

floppywhopper 06-10-2005 10:27 PM

Tiny Firewall
Spybot S & D

Ashampoo WinOptimizer
is very handy


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