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Old 06-08-2005, 04:37 PM   #1
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Question 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.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 04:45 PM   #2
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there's a free (as in beer) AVG version for home users:

http://www.grisoft.com/doc/40/lng/us/tpl/tpl01

as for the spyware try spybot: http://www.safer-networking.org/

i thought XP came with a simple firewall...


 
Old 06-08-2005, 04:46 PM   #3
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RE:

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.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 05:27 PM   #4
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"Secure your system and keep out Spyware, Adware, viruses and Popups. "
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=240548
 
Old 06-08-2005, 06:27 PM   #5
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My weapons of choice are:

AVG antivirus
Kerio Firewall
Spybot - Search and Destroy
Spyware Blaster
Ad-Aware;
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.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 01:38 AM   #6
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For a firewall you can try Jetico Personal Firewall. Its a bit hard to configure but i hear its worth it
 
Old 06-09-2005, 12:26 PM   #7
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Sygate personal firewall http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm
Clamwin antivirus http://www.clamwin.com
Spy-bot search & destroy
Ad-Aware
BeClean http://boozet.xepher.net/beclean/

Adding to what phil.k.g said, you can also use aMSN instead of MSN Messenger.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 02:03 PM   #8
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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.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 06:04 PM   #9
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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.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 08:48 PM   #10
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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)
 
Old 06-10-2005, 09:27 PM   #11
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Tiny Firewall
AVG 7
Spybot S & D
Adaware

also
Ashampoo WinOptimizer
is very handy

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