View Full Version : Best Free Anti Spyware and Firewall Programs?

10-03-2004, 02:14:34
Yes I am a cheapo skinflint, but I am thinking that I at least need free ones of these...

Can anyone recommend the best of both of these pwetty pwease...:)

10-03-2004, 02:20:51
Buy a Mac.

Sir Penguin
10-03-2004, 02:21:27
Adaware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/): free spyware catcher.
Spybot S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/): free spyware catcher.
ZoneAlarm (http://download.com.com/3000-2092-10264526.html?tag=lst-0-1):
free firewall.

Windows XP SP2 will have a vastly improved firewall that is supposed to do everything ZoneAlarm does.


10-03-2004, 02:32:25
Zone alarm - firewall

And try AVG for an antivirus

10-03-2004, 03:04:30
I also recommend ZoneAlarm, AVG and the two spyware killers.

Sir Penguin
10-03-2004, 05:41:49
Use my link for ZoneAlarm, it's hell trying to find the free version on the ZoneLabs page, and it points you to the same place anyway. :)


10-03-2004, 17:46:33
I advise downloading Zone Alarm, and switching off the Microsoft firewall when and if you upgrade to XP SP2 (assuming you will). Somehow I still don't trust that it'll work as advertised, and I bet that, even though it claims to be as good as ZoneAlarm, it won't have quite the same configuration options, since Microsoft has an interest in not only protecting you from the big bad internet, but from yourself, also.

Sir Penguin
10-03-2004, 20:36:24
Only by default. MS is getting better about letting people who know what they're doing do what they know how to do. The reviews of the beta that I've read have been quite positive. We'll see how it's received when it's released.


10-03-2004, 21:19:51
MS is getting better

No... Way! Who are you and what have you done with SP?

Sir Penguin
10-03-2004, 23:22:00
Sorry. I should have said, "The MS programmers who work on Windows are getting better...".


11-03-2004, 00:11:51
I've been using the free one by www.sygate.com.

It's good (and has a good application filter... stopped gator adware in its tracks) but, it does open a popup asking you to buy the pro one everytime you startup!

11-03-2004, 00:27:14
I could be wrong...... :eek:
But I seem to remember Sygate as being, not only unable to prevent your puter being used as a server by any stray backdoor reporting bug, but actively assisting this..
Dumped it totally in favour of ZA.


11-03-2004, 00:53:20
really? I would have thought that even if that was true, they would have fixed the problem.

Anyway I only use it when I don't access the internet through my router.

12-03-2004, 00:26:52
I use Kerio Pesonal Firewall over dial-up. I'm thinking of also setting up a filtering proxy to wipe out 1x1 tracking gifs.

12-03-2004, 15:51:36
Cheers guys!:)

23-03-2004, 18:58:45
Freeware wise, I use SpybotS&D.

My girlfriend is using AVG and has had good results so far. Next year (after my current McAffee AV runs out), I might swap over to AVG, if nothing has eaten her machines up by then. McAffee has really been pissing me off with all it's pop up spam messages dropped directly on my desktop irregardless of if I'm doing something or not. They do not seem to appreciate the irony of their pop up spamming advertising their anti-pop up spam killers. And I really dislike being knocked out of a game because they had a scheduled ad they wanted to show me. Absolute pond scum! Worse then Microsoft!

23-03-2004, 23:59:49
Sounds like they're part of the problem.

24-03-2004, 15:49:33
I have both spybot S&D and adaware installed and it seems I need both to keep the adware off my machine

(nav - tracked down c2.lop - turns out its another ad serving program that was responsible for hijacking my home page and diverting me through their page that added a search bar and loads of other shit to explorer. Its now dead)