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WinXP Tweaking: Protecting your PC from the outside world - Mentioned Sites and Conclusion

Our latest guide writer Nathan Anderson aka Stikesis has his first guide published which looks at protecting you and your computer from the outside world. The guide looks at which programs you should use to protect your system from viruses and spyware along with which browsers and firewalls are best and what they do along with intelligent computing practices and basic Windows XP installation tips. If you're concerned about computer security as a new or average user, make sure you read on.

| Guides | Posted: Mar 8, 2005 5:00 am

Mentioned Sites

 

Below is a list of sites we referred to throughout this guide:

 

Avast! 4.6 (Anti-virus) - http://www.avast.com

 

AVG 7 (Anti-virus) - http://www.grisoft.com

 

Anti-Vir (Anti-virus) -

 

Mozilla 1.7.5 / Firefox 1.0.1 (Great Browser) - http://www.getfirefox.com

 

Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3 (Anti Spyware / Malware) - security.kolla.de

 

Lavasoft Ad-aware (Anti Spyware / Malware) - http://www.lavasoftusa.com

 

Spyware Blaster 3.2 (Spyware / Malware Preventer) - http://www.wilderssecurity.net

 

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Security Updates - http://www.microsoft.com

 

Zone Alarm Free 5.5.062.011 (Firewall) - http://www.zonelabs.com

 

Sygate Personal (Firewall) - http://www.sygate.com

 

Kerio Personal (Firewall) - http://www.kerio.com

 

Virus Bulletin (Anti-Virus Testing) - http://www.virusbtn.com

 

Conclusion

 

This first guide has been basically to secure your computer for the following articles which we will publish in the future which require stability provided by anti-virus and firewall programs.

 

You should be able to partly understand what to avoid online, but you really need to develop your own instincts online. Effective passwords are definitely important with dealing with security, but a strong password is pointless if you forget it or if you write it down.

 

Security freeware is the same as the full version of the software, except without the extra administrator parts.

 

- For any questions, comments or suggestions, don't hesitate to visit our Windows forums

 

How much to upgrade to x64 Edition?

 

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (ZAT00008) for PC

 

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