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What is the best complete setup for free pc protection(anti-virus, spy and firewall)?

I have some laptops I am configuring for relatives who will do 99% business work. I need free anti-virus, spyware and firewall – and whatever else I am missing.

I heard AVG and Ad-aware are good, what would be the best configuration?

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7 Responses to “What is the best complete setup for free pc protection(anti-virus, spy and firewall)?”

  1. crackpac said :

    avg antivirus
    spybot search & destroy for spyware scan and detection
    spyblaster for live spyware protection
    comodo firewall

    all are free and keep my windows machines clean. they are a bit of upkeep, but what windows machine isn’t? i haven’t had much luck with ad-aware

  2. Storm B said :

    Avast! anti-virus:

    Windows Defender:


    Comodo firewall

  3. classic said :

    All of these are free for home use and will work with XP and Vista.

    AVG Free is the most popular free solution available at no cost to home users and provides the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers.

    Easy to use, low system resources
    Automatic update functionality
    Real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run.

    avast! 4 Home Edition works for 60 days after the installation in demo mode. You will obtain your FREE license key by E-mail after the registration. The license key is valid for 1 year. After one year you will need to just re-register.

    Avira-(recomended) – Protection and security against viruses, worms, Trojans, dialers & more.

    PC tools-(recomended)
    PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition feature highlights
    Protects your PC as you are working, surfing and playing
    Detects, quarantines, disinfects and destroys Viruses, Trojans and Worms
    OnGuard™ protects your computer against threats in real-time.

    Free spyware remover.
    SUPERAntiSpyware will remove ALL the Spyware, NOT just the easy ones!
    Easily remove over 100,000 pests such as SmitFraud, Vundo, WinFixer, SpyAxe, SpyFalcon, WinAntiVirus, AntiVermins and thousands more!

    Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware.


    Go to the left of the page where it says,”Scan your computer now online
    and clean it for free!”

    AVG anti-spyware-
    AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition is a popular free antispyware solution available at no cost to home users and provides a high level of detection capability.

    *Never install more than one anti virus, as they may conflict with each other.On the other hand, is always good to use more than one anti spyware.
    *You will probably recieve several answers to your question. Whoever helped you the most,please come back and give that person Best Answer.

  4. Serenity said :

    For configuration of a free Security system for computers I reccomend you use the free Microsoft options to start.

    Use the Windows Firewal, and the Windows Defender software program which you can get from the Windows download site. Here is a link:

    Now, for this software each system you install it on must pass the Validation process. It is simple, but if one doesn’t pass you will need to consider contacting Microsoft and fixing the issue.

    Now, for a free Anti-Virus program, the best one I have read about is by AVG.,SUNA:2006-50,SUNA:en&q=AVG+free+download

    The above link is to a search page filled with links to free AVG. Select one and use it to download and install on the systems which need it.

    You don’t need multiple Spyware programs, contrary to what some would like to tell us. Windows Defender is perfectly fine program and does more than just zap spyware off of systems, it also ensures that the connections are safe, and that your ports are not being invaded.

    Now, Windows XP Firewall is a one way firewall. Which means it only ensures that stuff does not come INTO the system, but it doesn’t stop programs from phoning home. Under normal use, this is just fine. I do prefer a two way firewall, but you can hook up a Router to each family members connection, (individual homes) and enable the hardware firewall which comes in most Routers these days. With the hardware and Windows firewalls enabled, the computers will be safe for normal usage.

    Windows Vista has a two way firewall. Vista also comes with Windows Defender pre-installed as a Microsoft component. So, for a Vista machine you only need to add the anti-virus application.

    Good luck and you are a very good relative to configure all these systems for safety. They are lucky to have you! Have a great holiday season.

  5. The_Figlet said :

    Anti-Virus = AVG Free Edition

    Anti-Spyware = Ad-aware 2007 & Spybot S&D (use both)

  6. jibbarjabar said :

    I see the AVG fanboys and cheerleaders are out in full force again here on Yahoo Answers!

    AVG Anti-Virus is crap!

    Mostly noobs, the naive, the computer illiterate, and children use AVG Free. People of their ilk love AVG because they say it is easy to use and almost never bothers them with any pop-ups or warnings. Of course AVG Free never bothers them, it hardly ever finds any virus to warn them about!

    In test,
    after test,
    after test,
    after test ,,
    after test,,130869-page,1/article.html,
    after test,,
    after test,
    etc. etc. etc, ad nauseam, AVG fares poorly.

    AVG has proven itself to be a miserable performer at best. Missing almost 20%, while trying to detect known malware, in some tests. Not to mention almost non-existent heuristic detection and infrequent “once-a day” updates.

    There are much better free anti-virus alternatives such as Avria Anti-Vir:
    and Avast:

  7. spywaredr said :


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    Complete defense against Dialers

    a-squared HiJackFree – [2007-09-19 | Freeware | 1.55 Mb | Win All | 135729 | 4.58 ]
    Helps advanced users to detect and remove all types of malware.

    Ad-Aware 2007 – [2007-11-07 | Freeware | 20.2 Mb | 2K/03/XP/Vista32 | 19992215 | 4.63 ]
    Scan your system for ad-supported software components and remove them. Now Vista 32 compatible.

    Ad-aware Messenger Service Plugin – [2003-10-20 | Freeware | 373 Kb | Win All | 54027 | 4.26 ]
    Plugin for Ad-aware that will help with the Messenger Service pop-ups.

    Ad-aware OE/WM Control – [2003-11-16 | Freeware | 372 Kb | Win All | 29576 | 4.25 ]
    Enable or disable the Windows Messenger which loads with Outlook Express.

    AIM Spyware Remover – [2006-05-23 | Freeware | 1 Mb | Win All | 8590 | 4.5 ]
    Help you to search, scan, remove and use AIM safer.

    Arovax AntiSpyware – [2007-09-22 | Freeware | 3.43 Mb | Win 9x/ME/2K/XP | 8498 | 3.67 ]
    Arovax AntiSpyware includes Deep Scan, Smart Scan and a Remover.

    Arovax Shield – [2007-04-26 | Freeware | 1.9 Mb | Win XP/2K | 30269 | 4.34 ]
    Automatically monitors your PC for unwanted Spyware.
    [ WHAT I USE ]

    AVG Anti-Rootkit – [2007-03-28 | Freeware | 414 Kb | Win All | 52941 | 4.75 ]
    An advanced utility designed to detect and remove hidden objects.
    [ WHAT I USE ]

    BitDefender RootkitUncover – [2006-07-04 | Freeware | 455 Kb | Win XP/2K/2003 | 17907 | 3.88 ]
    Scan files and processes for rootkits and safely remove them.

    CallingID Link Advisor – [2006-10-25 | Freeware | 3.2 Mb | Win All | 2656 | 3.6 ]
    Checks links in a browser, email and instant messenger before you follow them.
    [ WHAT I USE ]

    FileASSASSIN – [2007-05-02 | Freeware | 164 Kb | Win 2K/03/XP/Vista | 14082 | 4.65 ]
    FileASSASSIN can delete locked malware files on your system

    Find My Credit Card – [2007-04-05 | Freeware | 719 Kb | Win All | 7981 | 2.68 ]
    Finds all personal information and suggests its unrestorable erasure.

    Kazaa Spyware Removal – [2003-01-23 | Freeware | 23 Kb | Win All | 99015 | 4.17 ]
    Remove the spyware that comes with Kazaa.

    Panda Anti-Rootkit – [2007-07-23 | Freeware | 303 Kb | Win NT/2K/XP/2003 | 28921 | 4.65 ]
    Uses latest generation technology to detect and remove rootkits.

    PC Anti-Hijacker – [2005-12-06 | Freeware | 1.6 Mb | Win XP/2K/2003 | 20607 | 3.60 ]
    Immunizes and prevents spyware,adware,malware from being installed in your computer.

    Rootkit Revealer – [2006-11-10 | Freeware | 226 Kb | Win All | 39247 | 4.56 ]
    An advanced root kit detection utility.
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    SpyBot-Search & Destroy Tools – [2007-09-03 | Freeware | 7.12 Mb | Win All | 4628181 | 4.71 ]
    Searches your hard drive for so-called spy- or adbots.

    SpywareBlaster – [2006-01-01 | Freeware | 2.4 Mb | Win All | 11597468 | 4.75 ]
    It doesn’t scan and clean for spyware – it prevents it.
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    SpywareGuard – [2003-08-31 | Freeware | 2 Mb | Win All | 622019 | 4.65 ]
    A real-time protection solution against spyware.


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