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    Too many programs

    I have Spyware Blaster, Microsoft Antispyware, Ewido, and AVG running on my computer. Is this overkill ? Should I remove something, and if so, what ?
    I also update and run Adaware and Spybot at least weekly.

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    How is your computer running with all those protection programs?
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    Seems OK. Just got the computer (Dell 5150 with a 3.0 gig processor and running XP Pro) about a month ago, with obviously none of those programs installed. See no difference with those programs running. That Ewido program is the free version. I guess the shield goes away after the 14 day trial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike13
    I have Spyware Blaster, Microsoft Antispyware, Ewido, and AVG running on my computer. Is this overkill ? Should I remove something, and if so, what ?
    I also update and run Adaware and Spybot at least weekly.
    You have just answered your own question."Seems OK,See no difference with those programs running".So if it isn't broke don't fix it,your good to go.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    Hi mike, I don't think you're running overkill, you're just about right

    What firewall ?

    If you feel paranoid or want better security I'd use AntiVir free or Avast free instead of AVG, but that depends on your PC habits.

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    I'd replace AVG with Avast and get rid of Ewido and Ad-Aware. I'd also get a firewall. Probably Sygate or Kerio

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I am also behind a Linksys router and running the Windows firewall.

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    As noted above I would consider adding a software firewall, possibly changing the AV as FastGame suggested, but the rest should be fine.

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    If you want to experience the power of a Pentium II 300MHz you can try Norton Internet Security, that should slow down that PC for ya to a more manageable speed.
    I'm using Windows 7 - you got a problem with that?

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    Lol indeed Curio,For some reason i still have stuck with Norton Systemworks and it really does cut back on performance.Would suggest to anyone to stay away from them.I have tried avast and find it to be a very good replacment.I currently use the Zone Alarm firewall which may be a good alternative software firewall.How would you guys rate ZA on the list?

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    mmm, I don't like it. Personally I prefer Sygate Personal FW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik
    mmm, I don't like it. Personally I prefer Sygate Personal FW.
    I had that for the longest time and really liked it....but switched to Trend Micro's internet security suite bout a year ago....no complaints so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhxtyrant
    I currently use the Zone Alarm firewall which may be a good alternative software firewall.How would you guys rate ZA on the list?
    ZA is incompatible with Nintendo DS Wi-Fi connection. That rules it out for me right there.

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