firewall or antivirus...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Eleanor Twigsby, Oct 6, 2002.

  1. which should i use?

    it shall be installed on a home computer, which is connected to the internet for about 18 hours per day. the connection is dial-up.

    i have been told using a firewall on a home computer is pretty useless, and would like the oppinions of other people.

  2. funky dredd

    funky dredd Moderator

    In my opinion
    Dial-up - Antivirus
    Broadband - Firewall
  3. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

    I'm on 56k dialup

    Script kiddies are forever scanning my ports

    I would recommend using both

  4. thanx Funky Dredd and TwoZigzagColt45.

    i just read the sticky thread at the top, and now feel very stupid for making this one(

    i'll save you the energy. "damn n00bs" heh :)
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Never run without Antivirus software. A Firewall is no substitute. I recommend both as well.
  6. chainsaw

    chainsaw Guest

    You need both not just one
  7. tens1on

    tens1on Guest

    I personally just run the firewall 100% of the time and do an antivirus scan every month or so (along with defragging and scandisk checks) The rest of the time I keep antivirus software completely disabled until the next checkup.
  8. just av would be sufficient. firewalls are just making problems for you. always have to open ports with it and such :(
  9. wrangler

    wrangler Guest

    BOTH. ZoneAlarm FREE firewall from which is arguably the best firewall available, and it's FREE and McAfee AntiVirus 6 or 7 (7 was just recently released at retail).
  10. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    I ditched my firewall. I don't leave the puter on unattended or have it connected hour after hour. Have not got around to installing AVG after having to uninstall it the other day. Must put it back on soooooon. :eek:
  11. Smoke286

    Smoke286 Smokeater

    Gezze Hipster, you like to live dangerously :eek:
  12. bhxtyrant

    bhxtyrant Guest

    i would say its better to have both but my computer just doesnt seem to like firewalls i tried the windows xp built in firewall and it slowed down my internet speed to a crawl even tho im using DSL it also caused freeze up problems with internet explorer SP1.i have a copy of zone alarm pro 3.0 and that one made my computer automatically restart after an average of ten minutes and would repeat everytime the computer was on.last but not least in my search for a good firewall i tried norton personal firewall 2003 the other day and that also slowed my DSL connection down some not that much tho but it caused freeze up problems with internet im wondering if it was a mistake to install service pack one because i was using the built in XP firewall before upgrading to SP1 and it always worked fine after installing SP1 the problems began and unfortunatly the only way to get rid of SP1 is to do a complete format of my hard drives :( damn you microsoft!
  13. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    On the edge......on the edge.
  14. Conan

    Conan Guest

    Both! Just because you are on dial-up doesn't mean no one's going to target your PC!
  15. gilerzz

    gilerzz Guest

    Kerio Personal Firewall (Free) + AVG Antivirus (Free), both are good for Dail-up users and uses very low resources :)
  16. shiatsu

    shiatsu OSNN Addict

    I would use Zone Alarm (free version) and AVG Anti-Virus if you are using Outlook Express because AVG has a plug-in for this
    program. ZA and AVG seem to run well together.

    If you are using another email program such as Eudora the AVG email scanner does not work with it. You could try Avast32 which seems okay and is also a free AV program, but AVG has a better user interface and is simpler to register.

    Don't forget about Trojans. Most AV programs don't give much protection against trojans and to my knowledge there are no really good free anti-trojan programs out there. If you want comprehensive trojan protection you will have to pay for a commercial program. A firewall gives some protection in as much as it can prevent a trojan server operating on your PC from communicating with a remote computer but thats about it.