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Old 12-22-2004, 11:25 AM
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I've been fixing a lot of stupid problems on m computer caused by AOL. The peice of s*** program can download viruses faster than anything else. I've fixed most of my problems but i need to know one thing. What is the bes anti-virus and firewall i can by. I have an anti-virus provided by AOL (I had a better one but my dad deleted it to put on theone by AOL) and it REALLY REALLY SUCKS!!! Hackers love my computer because I have AOL. I need some information quick before my comp gets f***ed up again by 20 different viruses.
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Old 12-22-2004, 11:30 AM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

Not going to warez and porn sites helps to reduce those issues. Peer to peer programs too.

Windows has a firewall. Turn it on. As for anti-virus programs, there's McAfee, Norton, and some others that I don't remember. Not really sure what's the best one, though.
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Old 12-22-2004, 11:33 AM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

I don't even use an Anti-Virus program and I'm virus free. For ones I'd recommend though, I'd go with AVG. It works really well, and it's free.
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Old 12-22-2004, 11:37 AM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

I forgot to mention the biggest problem. I have some kind of downloader virus on my computer. Whenever theres a good amount of file transfer, (like loading java programs or uploading a big file) it tries to download viruses. Soetimes the viruses are caught by my crap antivirus but some get through.
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Old 12-22-2004, 11:41 AM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

The best thing to do is backup your files and reformat your PC.
Then buy (if you have the money) BlackIce for a firewall.
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Old 12-22-2004, 01:07 PM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

Yeah, what Zeratul said is good.
I have been using McAfee for months and just bought the new version for 2005. This virus scan is good and it's always running protecting my computer.
So, I say get that one. I heard Norton is evil, for whatever reason.
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Old 12-22-2004, 01:10 PM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

This is why you never use AOL because it just sucks so much. And by using the anti virus and firewall of AOL? That's suicide. Get ZoneAlarm or Norton. They are pretty good, or you can use PCcilline (sp?) because it uses less memory if your computer can't handle too much usage of ram.

Norton's not evil at all. It's probably because those who complain about the program can't run the program at all because their rams are so low. Norton takes up quite a bit of ram, but it's robust and durable. I've been using it for three years and I have no problem at all. The firewall of Norton is able to block most, if not, every hacking attempt on my comp.
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Old 12-22-2004, 01:28 PM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

Try downloading HijackThis, running a scan, and posting the log here so we may get a better idea of what's afflicting your system.

As for free protection and prevention, here's some suggestions:
AVG (Virus Protection): http://www.grisoft.com/
ZoneAlarm Trial (Firewall): http://www.zonelabs.com/
Spybot (Spyware Scanner): http://spybot.safer-networking.de/
Ad-Aware (Spyware Scanner): http://www.lavasoft.com/
SpywareBlaster (Spyware Immunization): http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/
IE-SPYAD (IE/AOL Server Blacklist): https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/resource.htm
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Old 12-22-2004, 02:16 PM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

I'm gonna go the route of the reformat of your PC. If you've got trojans that are attaching themselves to download programs, you're in trouble. Cut your losses and just backup everything and re-install.
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Old 12-22-2004, 02:40 PM
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I used to be in your situation, then I clicked this adress:

http://www.webroot.com/products/windowwasher/
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Old 12-22-2004, 02:58 PM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

Norton Internet Security is the best choice. That's what I have, and it's all I need.

Here's what I'd recommend:
1) Cancel your AOL account
2) Backup your files
3) Reformat drive
4) Install Norton Internet Security
5) Get a better ISP

If your parents insist on having AOL for parental controls, point out that NIS has that. NIS has every good security feature that AOL has, only it actually works.
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:25 PM
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Re: I Need Computer Help!!!!

Norton is the best in my opion..

and I reqormend do what capncornflake said
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