Question: I just uninstalled Norton internet securities because it is slow, and takes over my computer. I have windows xp with sp2. It has a popup blocker and firewall. If I just add an antivirus program will my computer be adequately protected? What is a good antivirus program?
Larry G. Knight
Answer: The best antivirus programs according to the reports I have seen are Nod32 and Kapersky. I actually purchased the Kaspersky security suite and ended up having to get a refund a couple of weeks later because both computers I installed it on became completely unusable with even a small part of the security suite enabled. I tried Nod32 antivirus at one point and didn't have any problems but haven't tried the entire security suite.
The XP firewall is almost useless because it only works one way). Windows 7 has rectified this and now provides a two way firewall but I am not sure if the data is stored in the registry where any malware thatgets onto your computer can update it or whether it does what other firewalls do and stores the data in an encrypted format. Zonealarm used to have a really good firewalla decent firewall but I haven't used it in a while. Comodo have a good free firewall.
For spyware protection take a look at SpyGuard, Spywareblaster, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Adaware (all free). Spyware Doctor is supposed to be the best you can buy but I haven't tried it.
For spam filtering you can either purchase a program such as Mailwasher or switch to the Thunderbird email program which has reasonable spam filtering built in.
As an alternative to getting all of the above you might consider getting a different Security Suite which provides all of the above functionality in one package. A lot of people have trouble with the Norton one but most of the others appear to work okay. The biggest problem with a security suite is that while one particular component may be amongst the best at what it does t, the same is not necessarily true of all of the other components and even if you do choose a complete suite, you may want to turn one or two components off and use more effective free alternatives.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.