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By jviso ·
Dear friends of Tech Republic, I have been using Internet Security 2007 from Trend Micro, and have used McAffe and Norton. I really notice that all of them slow down the PC so much and take up too much of the CPU resources and memory. Which one do you all recomend? or better yet, which is the best approach to Internet Security (spyware, malware, ad-aware etc...) without sacrifying CPU and memory?
I appreciate all of your suggestions in advance!

Cordially,
Julian

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Here's what I do.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Internet Security Package ...

I connect thru a properly secured router and use Windows firewall. For anti-virus and anti-spyware I use AVG's free products.<br>
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/us/frt/0
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/download-free-anti-spyware/us/frt/0
They don't seem to slow my computer at all.<br><br>
I use SpyBot Search and Destroy, available here:<br>
http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html<br><br>
I use SpywareBlaster, available here:<br>
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html<br><br>
Both SpyBot Search and Destroy and SpywareBlaster prevent malicious spyware from loading on my computer in the first place.<br><br>
One other preventive measure I use is to have Firefox as my browser with the free McAfee Site Advisor and Adblock Plus plug-ins. <br><br>
I pay attention to what I download and where I get it from. I've gone for months without having any problems <knock on wood> and I'm not exactly ultra-conservative in my browsing habits. <br><br>
I stay away from any file-sharing software though I don't recommend that everybody do the same. I just don't "share" and I'm happy with my decision. I've never been happy with P2P software in the past and besides, my ISP's cap on bandwidth is so low at 350MB down per day that downloading large files is out of the question.
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That's about it for me. Nothing exotic and definitely nothing expensive. I've used and own commercial versions of Norton Internet Security and TrendMicro's PC-Cillin Internet Security Suite. Over the past few years I've tried about every version of firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus I could find. I'm sticking with what works for me until I find a compelling reason to change.

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Good advice

by tintoman In reply to Here's what I do.

The previous post contains some good advice, I am asked this question all the time, the reality is that all of the internet security programmes have their own issues, some are great at detecting malware etc, others are better at removing it.
However I would definitely not recommend installing multiple software each doing a different job, I have seen so many performance issues caused by conflicting software that I would go with a complete security package like norton 360 or internet security 2008 which performas better than previous versions of norton.
Personally I have PC tools Spyware Doctor with anti virus and I get by being very careful about which sites I visit and what I download, so far I have never had a virus or spyware attack, I kkep my systems clean and I dont keep anything I dont need.
Hope that helps you
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