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AV+Firewall for Vista32?

#1
Im currently "trying" to use bitdefender...but it seems to be having problems with vista, lots of CPU usage and random crashes, ive read around and it seems im not the only one having problems with bd and vista, can anyone recommend a good av w/ or another program for a firewall? thanks in advance
 

damnyank

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#3
I am currently using AVG (free) with Vista Home Premium and the windows firewall - I have not tried it yet, but I heard ZA free also worked with Vista!
 

_kC_

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#4
Eset (nod32) have a suite in beta - ESS
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18


Agnitum (outpost) have a suite in beta - Outpost security suite 2008
http://outpostfirewall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21033

both are public
ESS doesnt expire, great antivirus (nod32 v3.0 engine) firewall is very basic, but if you have common sense, and dont require application anti leak control, is a great light simple firewall.

Agnitums is a much better firewall and anti leak combination (for people who dont have any clue what they are installing/clicking on on the web) but the antivirus isnt so great. oh and theyre beta also expires after 30days.. so useless..


comodo v3.0 is also in beta, and again one of those firewalls for idiots who need a firewall to control what and how theyre applications do. and people who want a pop up on theyre screen for every action you do.

if you are behind a router, and a safe surfer who uses common sense on the internet, a firewall isnt so important (unless you want to control outbound application control) windows firewall & a router will stop dead most things inbound (unless your pc is infected or set as DMZ)
if you just use a standard USB modem, i wouldnt trust windows firewall alone.

if your a beginner or someone who is click happy/installing every free program availiable on the web, then something like comodo 3.0 beta & nod32 antivirus would be the best solution.
 

madmatt

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#5
I have several home clients and family members setup using OneCare. Regardless of the bad rap that the product got earlier this summer I have never had a client call me with any issues relating to a virus and/or malware. It is a full featured product that includes backup/restore, protection, and automated defrag/disk cleanup. One license also covers up to three computers.

Version 2.0 will bring even more to the table including centralized management and 64-bit support.

I am a beta tester for the product but I no longer use it in my own production environment (I switched to Symantec Antivirus Enterprise).
 

kcnychief

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#7
I have several home clients and family members setup using OneCare. Regardless of the bad rap that the product got earlier this summer I have never had a client call me with any issues relating to a virus and/or malware. It is a full featured product that includes backup/restore, protection, and automated defrag/disk cleanup. One license also covers up to three computers.

Version 2.0 will bring even more to the table including centralized management and 64-bit support.

I am a beta tester for the product but I no longer use it in my own production environment (I switched to Symantec Antivirus Enterprise).
Is it me or does the WOC beta 2.0 take longer to startup than previous versions?
 

madmatt

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#8
The beta loads just as fast on Virtual PC/Windows XP Professional SP2 and Windows Vista Business RTM as it did with WOC 1.5/1.6.
 

Johnny

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#15
I don't use an antivirus, and zone alarm free does work well with vista.

with vista I am using windows defender ad Zone Alarm free, I have no issues. I am a believer that you don't need an ativirus. As the best antivirus is you. Why do I think that? Well, out of fifiteen years of playing with computers I have never; let me repeat that: I HAVE NEVER had a virus. I have however had mabe two trojans, but they were nothing to sneeze at.

When it comes to viruses it is all based on what emails you open; what web sites you visit; what java script pop ups you open and what web browser you are using.

Usually when people ask me to install an anitivirus, or suggest an anitvirus on the pc that I repair, I tell them to get AVG free. It works pretty well.
 

Tuffgong4

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#17
Is it me or does the WOC beta 2.0 take longer to startup than previous versions?
it does...I didn't have better results with the WOC 2.0 beta compared to the 1.5. It felt very intrusive and seemed to not play nice with my windows media center (transcode 360) and my xbox360.

I would suggest trying the new Eset AV + AS beta. Seems to be running very well on my system.

If I wasn't married I wouldn't even have an AV installed :)
 

leedogg

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#18
i'm disregarding all the folks that say you dont need AVs. I got a trojan in my browser cache just by surfing. It might have been an accidental click or some stupid thing which took me to a malicious site where it got installed, but nevertheless I am fully aware of what to avoid and not to open and something still hit me.

So whats the latest info on best free antivirus and Firewall softwares for Vista? thinking about trying out ESET although i'm sorely tempted to buy k7
 

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