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computer questions from a computer dummy

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by plainsman, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. plainsman

    plainsman

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    My last computer was unusable due to pop ups, and all sorts of problems, I can't even begin to imagine. A few questions, what is the most economical way to protect your computer from all this junk and invasions?

    I have Road Runner as my carrier. They said they have some sort of firewall, various protections, etc, but in looking at their website, they also say they scan their customers looking for open connections, and all sorts of technical stuff, in connection with their service. Does anyone know about this, is this something that can be abused by authorities? I use my computer for nothing but email, and some fun websites, so if anyone sees what I look at it's no big deal, and there is not any worth while data on my computer.

    I want to learn though how to stop this garbage that can happen to my computer. Once again, I am basically dumb when it comes to this subject.
     
  2. DeadMansLife

    DeadMansLife Senior Member

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    I run AVG Free antivirus, AdAware, SpyBot, ZoneAlarm Free firewall.

    This setup works well for me.
     


  3. For most economical protection,

    Firewall-Zone Alarm

    http://majorgeeks.com/ZoneAlarm_Free_d388.html

    Antivirus-AVG

    http://majorgeeks.com/AVG_Free_Edition_d886.html


    Spyware scanner-Ewido

    http://majorgeeks.com/Ewido_security_suite_d4677.html

    Browser/PC hijack protection-SpywareBlaster

    http://majorgeeks.com/SpywareBlaster_d2859.html


    Registry cleaner-CCleaner

    http://majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_d4191.html


    Safer browser-Mozilla Firefox

    http://majorgeeks.com/Mozilla_Firefox_d2248.html


    Latest version of Java

    http://majorgeeks.com/Sun_Java_Runtime_Environment_d4648.html

    These are for Windows XP.They are all free.I chose these versions because they are the easiest to use.Some more computer savvy people may prefer other solutions but these are the easiest to use and maintain.Keep everything updated.
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    Minus Zone Alarm, and add a Netgear hardware firewall/router.

    No probs

    IGF
     
  5. VXShooter

    VXShooter

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    Indiana
    Of course there is the most effective solution out there: Buy a mac.
     
  6. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    effective or "expensive"?

    the most efficient would be to install linux.
     
  7. VXShooter

    VXShooter

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    either way you look at it, dropping windows is a good start! And you could always keep your current monitor, mouse and keyboard and start with the Mac Mini for $500...
     
  8. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    North Carolina
    Same here ;)
     
  9. Bronson7

    Bronson7

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    And here.:)
    Bronson7