On Thu, 5 Mar 2009 18:54:07 -0800, jj wrote:
> I just uninstalled my Norton Interent Security
A wise move!
> and my internet speed increased dramatically.
Yes, that's what most users are experiencing.
> However, I am concerned that my system is now at risk.
> I have installed and run weekly both Ad-Aware and Spybot but do not run
> them in real-time, only once a week to so scans and clean-up.
These are Anti-Spyware (A-S) programs and the free versions don't run in
real-time. You should run a real-time Anti-Virus (AV) program as well
> It seems that real-time protection causes significant deradation in performance.
> Any other suggestions or alternatives? Thanks
Good quality alternative (free) Anti-Spy/Anti Malware programs:
Malwarebytes© Corporation - Anti-Malware
SuperAntispyware - Free
Both free versions of MBAM and SAS are on-demand scanners and offer no
'real-time' protection. Keep them installed and use them as
'second-opinion' scanner which is purposely (by design) recommended by
their respective authors.
Real-time Anti-Spyware program:
Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent spyware
and worms to install to the OS.
"...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
the actual threat."
Good real-time (free) Anti-Virus program:
Avira AntiVir® Personal - FREE Antivirus
(The free version won't scan your emails.)
Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
Ensure your e-mail program is configured to display e-mail messages in
'Plain Text' only.
You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
Routinely practice Safe-Hex.
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