Just looking for everyones opinion on the Best freeware security setup thats light on system resources and does not slow your computer down. Im using now:
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Anti-virus: Avira Antivir (as a guard, has good heuristic),
aol virus scan shield (on demand, has good virus database and best update service)
Anti-Spyware: Spyware-terminator (real time), Ad-Aware (on demand)
Browsers: Firefox with NoScript, Torpark (Tor-enforced Firefox with NoScript for confident work)
Is it enough? What is everyones ideas just interested to know.
Actual tests of BOClean are not impressive. Despite my high expectations BOClean
performed poorly on testing. I hate to disillusion BOClean’s many ardent fans but I
simply can’t recommend it for general use against modern malware. More efficient
tools are required. Results are here -
Note that I am also running on an administrator account without compromising my security (based on proven results, not theory, so don’t bother attacking this comment ) Also I am connected directly to modem (no NAT router)
Firewall: Comodo Personal Firewall
Antivirus: Avira Anti-Virus
Antivirus - E-mail: AVG Anti-Virus (Avira doesn’t come with one!)
Browser Protection: Spyware Blaster
Blaster changes settings to increase browser security, provides protection against thousands of malevolent products that use ActiveX based exploits, blocks hostile sites and discards unwanted cookies.
With this configuration I have had 0 problems/threats/infections that haven’t been detected and blocked or removed over 1 year running. In addition, with this combination the slow-down drag on my Intel Pentium 1800MHz, 256mb RAM system is barely noticeable. In fact, I believe it runs the same (or maybe even faster) than with Norton Internet Security 2006 alone. Note also that I occassionally frequent dangerous websites known for web-based exploits as well as p2p file transfers, so this setup has been well tested.
Only that now I’ve removed Windows Defender because they say it’s nearly worthless and so very redundant in my system, and I’ve got all blocked by default in Opera, cookies, script, even plugins etc., and allowed for necessary and trusted sites.
It’s more important not to invite the malware into your computer in the first place, than having the means to neutralize it once it’s in. I’ve never got infected and I guess most of this artillery remains idle all the time, the only thing it’s doing is bothering me with popups (not BOClean which is totally silent as well as Avira), but hey I want to be ready for the worst.
Also I use a limited account and have the admin one password protected because surfing the web with admin rights is a bad idea, a virus can do only what the account he got in can.