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Old 12-19-08, 12:21 PM   #49
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Honestly, I'm not a fan of software firewalls, but I'm no expert on them either. I feel that a hardware firewall (router), and proper browsing habits are all you need. Hopefully someone in here can chime in with a good firewall solution for you.
I know what you're saying, but they've always worked well for me. Hardware firewalls are better, no doubt. I've done tests on www.GRC.com and my router firewall didn't close all ports. But with Vista and BD2008 I get 'true stealth'. I'd get a hardware firewall but they're not too cheap.

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Old 12-19-08, 03:55 PM   #50
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I just use the router as my firewall and it "true stealths" all of my ports which is all I need. But FWIW, I used to use Comodo Firewall until they totally broke Vista support. Getting it to run properly was more of a headache than just using the Windows Firewall, so I decided to uninstall it.

Might want to try it out and see if it's for you. Who knows, they might have improved Vista support ten fold since the last time I tried it. It wasn't bad for being free and was rated one of the top firewalls of 2007 or something like that. It has the best control system for anything, and I mean anything on your PC.
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Old 12-19-08, 09:43 PM   #51
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Houston, we have a problem.

I KNOW I have the Avira free edition, as I didn't get the popup ad. So I go to update it, I download 2.6mb of updates (mind you I'm on dialup), it switches to the next file, and it's 4.13GB!?!?! It said it would take me 1251 hours to download!
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Old 12-19-08, 10:14 PM   #52
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Houston, we have a problem.

I KNOW I have the Avira free edition, as I didn't get the popup ad. So I go to update it, I download 2.6mb of updates (mind you I'm on dialup), it switches to the next file, and it's 4.13GB!?!?! It said it would take me 1251 hours to download!
Just uninstall it, dial-up is too slow to download viruses anyway
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Old 12-19-08, 10:55 PM   #53
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but what file would be 4.13GB for a virus scanner? It would take broadband half the day to download that too.

Let me fetch the name of the file...
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Old 12-19-08, 11:00 PM   #54
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but what file would be 4.13GB for a virus scanner? It would take broadband half the day to download that too.

Let me fetch the name of the file...
In all honesty, I have no idea why that's happening. If I were you, I'd check to make sure you have the latest version (8.1.0.326). Anything older than version 8, download the latest version, uninstall your old version, and install the new one.

If you're running version 8, I have no idea why it would try to download a file that large.
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Old 12-20-08, 05:50 AM   #55
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MOST VIRUSES COME THROUGH EMAIL!!

I think I'm safe as I never get any.
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I am trying Avira Antivir seems faster then AVG.
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At first i had Avast! and i really liked it but the 60 day trial ran out and i had nothing else, so I switched to But defender 3 month trial. After that I got AVG free and I really liked it. It found two viruses/spyware in my D drive but it couldn't get them out so...
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In all honesty, I have no idea why that's happening. If I were you, I'd check to make sure you have the latest version (8.1.0.326). Anything older than version 8, download the latest version, uninstall your old version, and install the new one.

If you're running version 8, I have no idea why it would try to download a file that large.
product version 8.2.0.37

Worked perfect today, though!
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Old 12-21-08, 03:34 AM   #59
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At first i had Avast! and i really liked it but the 60 day trial ran out and i had nothing else.
Register for free and you get one year, and then you just re-register to get another year.
Been using Avast! for ages.
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Avira FTW, AVG8 FTL.

All of personal clients have been getting tons of viruses lately and after I switch them from AVG 8 to Avira, no more problems. Symantec is getting extremely crappy (for some reason, our work clients are still humping Symantec's leg), doesn't pick up as much as it used to.

BTW, MalwareBytes is a great spyware/malware program that actually gets rid of hard to get rid of stuff.
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