giacomo wrote:Thanks to all re your prompt replies to my firewall recommendation query, especially during the Game.
If I may, a follow-up question for NT50:
Would running NOD32/SpySweeper/SpyBlaster with
periodic SpyBot scans (without full-time online Firewall)
pose significant risks? Thanks!
To answer your question and to duplicate another post from Larry.
No risk EXCEPT if you run two antivirus programs. I see that you did not list two therefore no risk in slowing a computer down. Spysweeper run memory resident, guards against spyware/keyloggers/other/ and even cookies that track you.
Best configuration would probably be NOD32/Spy Sweeper/ and some other spyware detection like Spybot. Although I do not like teatimer in Spybot; just use it for a scan to make you feel better. As for a firewall, XP firewall is ok but no the best. My firewall is the power button, I turn it of when not in use; lets see them break into my system when the power is off. Make sure you are running a router also and turn the ping block on etc; run WPA on wireless and you should not have issues.
I have Kerio firewall BUT I do not run it.
Windows Defender is OK, that is all I will say about it.
Counter Spy is OK; MS and Counter Spy act the same.
So to answer your question about a firewall, Depends on what files you are trying to protect.
I spent $800.00 on a firewall for a law firm, that is NOT a software firewall though. Important files.