With software like AdAware going the bloated route and even AVG Free getting more bloated, it's been getting harder and harder to keep Windows together with free software only. We still have Spybot S&D and Spyware Blaster, along with programs like CCleaner. But with programs like AdAware and AVG Anti-Spyware no longer practical options, I have less programs to do scans with on my systems. What programs do you use nowadays for security and anti-spyware/malware/virs/etc?
Personally I'm NOT a fan of real-time protection, and I prefer to run manual scans. Right now I'm down to Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D for "immunization". I run scans from time to time with Spybot S&D, Windows Defender, and I clean up my systems with CCleaner. I had a 15 month subscription of McAffee which came with the laptop, but I did not like it and I uninstalled after a day. From time to time I'll also do a scan with McAffee Stinger and also some other free scanners but they never find anything (not that I expected them to). Any new free software out there that you use?
I'm running nothing but Avast! Free antivirus. I love it in Vista -- I had ALL kinds of problems with AVG and Steam, in particular. Like, I'd fire up a Steam game, and when I tried to close out of it, the game window would freeze and the task was unable to be killed. Apparently the issues with AVG/Free ZoneAlarm and Steam are well-documented over at Steam Support, but...
...I don't have that problem anymore, as I now use Avast. Avast also has the added benefit of consuming some 15-30 MB of RAM, versus AVG's typical 40-50 MB.
Everything else, though... I'm just running the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender alongside it. No third-party firewalls, no third-party anti-spyware apps, etc. I occasionally give CCleaner a run, next to it, though.
I use AVG Free 8.0 since it has the anti-spyware and for the firewall I use Comodo firewall Pro, which is an excellent free firewall. Since Zone Alarm free doesn't have a 64-bit Vista version yet I'm stuck with Comodo. For defragging I use Auslogics Disk Defragger )free version) which I've found to be as good as paid version defraggers. Hmm What else?... I also use CCleaner to maintain my laptop clean and witty.
I think that's it.
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I use avast, windows defender and just the standard windows firewall seems to be enough for me. I had a 90 day subscription of Norton Internet Security 08 but I uninstalled that as promptly as I could; I noticed almost 10 active processes less and about 50MB less memory consumption It made my laptop boot up almost 30 seconds quicker I was really happy.
I can hear the boos already, but here goes....
On my Vista systems I use MS Live Onecare (ducks for cover).
My reasoning was that it was inexpensive, doesn't seem as bloated as some of the other packages out there, It integrates directly with/replaces Defender and FW. I use Regcure for registry sweeps and issues, and still run a monthly sweep with Adware, alternating with Spybot S&D. I haven't had any malware hits in over a year (knocks on wood) so the last two are purely preventative measures.
On my XP32 systems I still use Norton Internet Security 200x (ducks again)...
Yes, I know it's bloated as all hell, but it works and provides some good surfing protection tools for my wife and children (both of whom seem to click on every single browser add in under the sun.
On my XP64 system I use NOD32 by eset. I've found it to be fast, efficient and one of the most resource lean of all of the offerings out there.
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Yeah, Norton and many other Anti-Virus software programs can be awfully bloated. I personally do not even bother to run a real time anti-virus software anymore, as I found it better to just run manual scans from time to time with various programs. I have never ever had a real virus of any type. I have had two trojans however, one came from AIM (which I no longer use) and another was some sort of Java exploit. I try to avoid Java when I can nowadays. Both of these I got probably about 3 to 5 years ago in XP. The worst thing I have ever had in Vista was a tracker cookie
I use AVG 8.0, but use Windows Firewall since AVG Firewall was becoming a pain
in the arse. You mention AVG in particular becoming bloated, but you have the option
to install any part of AVG. You can just install the AV and leave out the rest if you
prefered, where ZoneAlarm just installs the whole shebang for you - which I do not like.
I use PerfectDisk for my defraging - and when I do defrag, I always choose the
the SMART PLACEMENT. I always defrag directly after anything has been installed
or uninstalled, hence faster defrag times. It only takes like a few secs to a few mins.