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I bought my very 1st computer (dell laptop) around 3 months ago (I know, laugh your ass off) - I have always used my computer at work for everything. We have our own computer tech people at work so I have never had to deal w/ security crap. So, I kinda know how to use a computer, but know absolutely nothing about keeping them safe.

Question - My safety software just expired (mcafee?).
Is there a good package/program to buy out there that will keep my computer safe?? I was thinking Norton's? With soo many choices, I don't know what to do or where to go.

I know you're supposed to stay off of porn sites and not download crap that you don't where it's coming from. I try not to do that.
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Norton is a good application to help ya stay safe... and for Spyware stuff... use Microsoft Defender, and Ad Aware (you can find this at Download.com)..

Also, just keeping your computers security patches up to date will help ya stay clean!! (Windows Patches that is)

No need to heckle the Dells... I've Had my laptop for 3 yrs... and it's still running strong!! :D
 

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i would use avast.... its free and does better than norton in my opinion, and it doesn't tax the system as much. then like the aforementioned adaware. if you dont have a firewall then you might want to take a look at those too. i run mine thru my router so i dont know what all the kids use nowadays
 

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Thank you very much guys.
Animal - Is that link to a firewall?
I don't think I have any firewall security. I just have a normal Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop, and Qwest DSL w/ the Qwest DSL Actiontec modem. I didn't do the wireless modem because I'm unfamiliar w/ setting it up (scared someone will hack in). I unplug the internet line everytime I'm finished using the computer - don't know if that matters (just makes me feel better).

Okay, so does this sound right -
#1-Download Avast (free, yea!)....I'm not sure what this does? Software security?
#2-Then download Zonealarm for a firewall?
#3-Then download Microsoft defender or Adware for spyware security??

I'm sorry - like I said, all this is pretty new to me.
I appreciate your guys' help. Thank you very much.
Trevor
 

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Wow. That seems to be what I'm looking for. It just sucks it would be $69.00 + $49.00 a year.....That's pretty steep.
Would I need both the Internet security and the Anitvirus?
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Trevor 3blacktoys said:
Thank you very much guys.
Animal - Is that link to a firewall?
I don't think I have any firewall security. I just have a normal Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop, and Qwest DSL w/ the Qwest DSL Actiontec modem. I didn't do the wireless modem because I'm unfamiliar w/ setting it up (scared someone will hack in). I unplug the internet line everytime I'm finished using the computer - don't know if that matters (just makes me feel better).

Okay, so does this sound right -
#1-Download Avast (free, yea!)....I'm not sure what this does? Software security?
#2-Then download Zonealarm for a firewall?
#3-Then download Microsoft defender or Adware for spyware security??

I'm sorry - like I said, all this is pretty new to me.
I appreciate your guys' help. Thank you very much.
Trevor
Yes... that is the link to the software firewall!! Dell's don't come with a firewall... they come with McAfee :mad: But if you have windows XP.. it has a built in firewall that most hackers can get in pretty easy... ;)

#3 on yer list... you can have both... they will play off eachother.. one will find something that the other wont'!! it doesn't hurt to have multiple because they run off different definitions...

You don't need to unplug the ethernet cable when you are done... as long as you are not leaving the computer on all night.. you should be fine... just shut'er down when finished... thas all you need to do...
 

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avast is antivirus software.... zone alarm is a fancy firewall though it is fairly resource intensive so you might see if there are some other options for ya. adaware or the microsoft stuff should be fine for the spyware stuff. if you pay for zone alarm it also has internet security for ya though. but if you just use some common sense ( there is no miracle ad that actually knows whats wrong with your computer.... just dont click on ads on the internet unless you know what it is that youre looking for.) i would also recommend a good popup blocker just to keep all that extra crap out of your way. google toolbar works fairly well and you can also search directly from it
 

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Okay, how does this sound?
http://www.download.com/PC-Starter-Kit/2001-12350_4-0.html?tag=dir
It is 6 programs that download.com says you should have.
Should I download these 6 things and call it good?
Do you think those will slow my computer down considerably? (Intel® Core™ Duo T2050 1.60GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB....w/ 80GB)
Thanks!
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The first four are ok... But the rest would just be over kill... Just run those on a regular basis, and your computer will be fine...

You have a Core Duo... you have nothing to fear bout slown' down there...

What about memory... how much of that do you have... Im guessn' 1GB? If that's the case.. you'll do just fine!!
 

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This is what it says for memory:
1GB Shared4 Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz, 2 Dimm??
The only thing I recognize is 1GB, the rest is jiberish...... :eek:

The 1st 4 - Ok, sounds good. I better hop on getting those installed. So it looks like I can DL all these for free? The Kaspersky sounded great - but that is alot of $$$$ per year....

Thank you very much Animal and the rest who had input.
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With memory... 2 Dimm means you have two memory sticks that are 512MB, that equate to 1GB (more like 1024MB, but you get the idea) 533MHz is the speed of the memory

Not a problem!! Glad we could be of some assistance!! :D Now go download some porn!!:D JK
 

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Chain a pit-bull to it, and dare somebody to mess with your shit, just dare them.
 

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I will say I am in no way (in fact far from) a cpu tech. Just the avg person who has experienced plenty of issues with them.

I am pretty sure mcaffe does this and that, but on my my parents' Dell's, it just seemed to slow them down and did nothing but interrupt operations. It was like a pop-up ad in itsef. You go to download something, and you get a additional note saying 'blabla bla this could possibly be bad.' I dunno I never saw any benefit of it. And the the pop-up updates are fuckin lame! I dunno, the Dells my parents got came with way too much complete shit software. You have like 4 programs to copy CD's , 2 or 3 for DVD's, and a bunch of other crap you dont need.

I like Apples better, for me anyhow. The best part is their the minority so these advertisers obviously want to go for the majority so why the fuck would they write something to spam a apple? lol I will say I hate the one button mouse.

I dunno, I'm done haha.

Actually I'll contribute:

i dunno about now, I think it probably sucks balls, but Norton USE to be good. On a old Apple my parents had before they went to the dark side, if it froze just run Norton. 5 min later, check the results, it'll say specifically what minor or major problems were found and were usually fixed. Then it would be cool. If it wasn't fixed it was probably some crap that I downloaded so I'd trash it. Didn't take a fuckin half hour. That was back in the days of 1.2 gig hard drives haha.
 

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Trevor 3blacktoys said:
Okay, how does this sound?
http://www.download.com/PC-Starter-Kit/2001-12350_4-0.html?tag=dir
It is 6 programs that download.com says you should have.
Should I download these 6 things and call it good?
Do you think those will slow my computer down considerably? (Intel® Core™ Duo T2050 1.60GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB....w/ 80GB)
Thanks!
Trevor
Like it was said above, that setup should keep ya pretty safe. Last two: Win Patrol and Hijack This are probably overkill for just getting started though Hijack This is a nice little program to have in you catch something nasty, though you don't really need to download or install it now.
 
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