Firewall and Anti-virus - advice needed

  bear73 13:03 07 Oct 04

I don't currently have any anti-virus or firewall on my pc and would like to sort this out. We are going to go over to AOL Broadband shortly and I am told you really should have a firewall if you are using broadband.

Any recommendations on what I should get? I don't have a lot to spend I'm afraid so maybe the best budget buys that will give me the protection I need.

Whenever I run Computer Check-up on AOL it flags everytime that I don't have any firewall or antivirus protection. I have recently loaded XP Service Pack 2 and I get a message everytime I use the computer now saying my pc is at risk because I don't have anti-virus. When I go to the XP Security Centre in Control Panel it tells me that I have Windows Firewall ON. Does AOL not recognise this as a firewall then? Do I still need to purchase a firewall if I have Windows Firewall?


  Belatucadrus 13:43 07 Oct 04

click here# for links to good security downloads. I don't use AOL so can't comment on what it does or doesn't recognise.

  rdave13 18:41 07 Oct 04

you're in luck,AOL broadband supply a free firewall.

  rdave13 18:44 07 Oct 04

check net for free antivirus and anti spyware progs!

  spuds 19:21 07 Oct 04

All the protection and safety programmes that you need are available from click here

Remember that you should not run two firewall together [XP firewall plus another].

  bear73 20:33 07 Oct 04

Thanks for all your help, much appreciated.


  CurlyWhirly 10:06 08 Oct 04

Why not try this FREE firewall at aol://1722:firewall

  CurlyWhirly 10:12 08 Oct 04

Sorry link didn't work for some reason!
If you just type FIREWALL in AOL Keyword it will take you straight to the relevant page.

  Tenacious Green 13:23 08 Oct 04

I have AOL BB and I use Zone alarm Free edition and it works a treat. It is also quite easy to use for people like me (not experts). Just remember that you shouldn't use more than one at a time. (ie don't use AOL's and Zone alarm).

  bear73 14:12 08 Oct 04

Many thanks to all of you for your help.


  smokingbeagle² 21:56 08 Oct 04

Panda. No fuss and not a resource hog.
click here
or Norton Internet Security though you'd have to check for conflicts with AOL. Personally I think NIS has got bloated over the years but very functional.

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