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    Too many choices

    Greetings, I am a new lounger and not very computer saavy. I have a new Gateway machine w/ XP-SP2. The machine came with a Mcafee suite thats good for 60 days and seems to be doing a good job. Time-Warner offers eTrust w/ Pest patrol with it's Road Runner service for free. Why would a subscriber want to renew with Mcafee for a healthy fee when the eTrust suite is free. Are not these services equal in the protection they provide, and if so, why not? The reviews I've read on most of the major security software seem to be very opinionated, if not downright confusing. As long as the software is kept updated what's the difference? We all know that internet security is big bucks, so why not obtain it for free when you can. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Too many choices

    No, not all AV programs are the same.
    You are right, there is a lot of differing opinions as to what is a better choice. You could try searching here in the Lounge for some ot the diverse threads on AV. Some of the programs use different methods and ways to protect you from infection. Some are good, some not so good. Some come out with frequent updated definitions but not all.

    I'm not familiar with e/trust, so I can't give you any insight there but I do know I would stay away from McAfee <img src=/S/scream.gif border=0 alt=scream width=15 height=15> and I think many here would agree with me. That only my opinion, though.

    I recently dumped Norton AV because of the unexpected glitches that seem to arise when using it. That was after many years of use. Others will chime in with their favorites, I'm sure but I am currently using Avast AV. It's a freebie and seems to be doing a decent job.

    You can download a copy at AVAST

    You will see more posts coming up on this, I'm SURE.
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    Re: Too many choices

    The question to ask yourself is just what you will be using your computer for? If like myself you only use the internet for "general" surfing, email and the like...dont intend to visit suspect peer to peer sites to download music or video files from unkown sources and not wander off into the unknown....then almost certainly the free anti virus and ad ware spyware progs are excellent and sufficient. Plenty of links here if you search but I'm sure more experienced loungers will jump in with plenty of good advice. Enjoy your computing and dont get too paranoid about all the bad things you hear.

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    Re: Too many choices

    Yes, there are too many choices. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> In the latest CNET roundup, McAfee came in for a lot of criticism. While CA also isn't at the top of the heap, if you want an integrated product from a big name company and you can get it for free, I think it is a logical choice.

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    Re: Too many choices

    I have also been a McAfee and Norton user in the past and left them for other products because of "bloat" and system resource hogging and performance slowdown. I have been a happy user of TrendMicro's pcCillin for a few years ( pcCillin ) and only tried something else as a lark when I bought this new computer last Spring. Like Bob, I tried the free Avast because it had been recommended here in The Lounge. It has been working fine for me for 9 months or so and I will continue to use it. You should take a cruise through The Lounge to read the comments and recommendations of others, if you haven't already done so.

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    Re: Too many choices

    Even the "OneCare from Microsoft is better that the two "BLOATED" ones listed above. The OneCare is a single program with a go AV, firewall, and spyware.
    The "Backup" is not worth using, get TrueImage.
    http://onecare.live.com

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Too many choices

    I'd like to thank everybody for their advice. I see that One Care has a free 90 day trial. Are there any issues with it? Does it consume a lot of resources compared to the Mcafee that I have? AdAware also has a spyware utility freebie, is that also worth storing and running occasionaly? The lounge sure has lots of useful information. Glad to be here.

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    Re: Too many choices

    It's a good idea to install several anti-spyware programs that let you scan your PC from time to time. Malware that is missed by one program might be caught by another one. AdAware is one of those. See Anti Adware, Spyware, Hijack for some other options, and Tutorials & Links to Detection & Removal Tools for some useful related links.

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    Re: Too many choices

    I am curently runnig OneCare on my Vista machine. I see no overhead and all seems to run quit well.
    As for the XP version I have not run, but several people that I know are running it and like it very much.

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    I think you may see a new version shortlty and the Vista Version will be made public next week. I believe that most of the Vista improvements will be added to the XP version.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Too many choices

    I took Bob's advice and downloaded Avast 4.7. Then uninstalled CA's firewall and av suite and reverted to Windows firewall. What a difference. Machine is much quicker in all phases. Started with Mcafee, problems. Got rid of that and tried CA's eTrust, more problems. Why do these security suites cause so many problems? It would seem to me that once people use them, who's going to want them? This is really tough on novice and intermediate users.

    If it wasn't for the fine folks in the lounge, all us newbies would just keep struggling.

    Thanks again,

    TMJ

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    Re: Too many choices

    Like Bob, I've been using free Avast for almost a year and have no complaints.

    Keep in mind that the built-in Windows firewall has many "knocks" against it, not the least of which is that is doesn't protect you on the "outgoing" side. Just like AV software there are free firewall programs such as Check Point ZoneAlarm. Check it out.

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    Re: Too many choices

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 11-Mar-07 09:43. Extra blank space removed.)</P> Al, Downloaded ZA Firewall. What is the best way to configure it so it does not interfere with internet access?

    Thanks again for your help.

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    Re: Too many choices

    Just guessing at what you mean here... By default, ZoneAlarm starts in a sort of learning mode where it observes your usage and authorizes certain applications to connect. During this time, it may occasionally ask you to approve access for a program. These should be stored for future reference, so that after a week you only get prompted for truly new or rarely used programs.

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    Re: Too many choices

    ZA will also "preconfigure" your internet access when you first install it.
    It will ask if you want to allow your default browser and email client ( like OE and IE ) to be automatically allowed.
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    Re: Too many choices

    And you might want to go here: Check Point ZoneAlarm - Service & Support to get some tips for initial setup and configuring of the free product.

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