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WinXP Tweaking: Protecting your PC from the outside world

By: Nathan Anderson | 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) -


AVG 7 (Anti-virus) -


Anti-Vir (Anti-virus) -


Mozilla 1.7.5 / Firefox 1.0.1 (Great Browser) -


Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3 (Anti Spyware / Malware) -


Lavasoft Ad-aware (Anti Spyware / Malware) -


Spyware Blaster 3.2 (Spyware / Malware Preventer) -


Windows XP Service Pack 2 Security Updates -


Zone Alarm Free (Firewall) -


Sygate Personal (Firewall) -


Kerio Personal (Firewall) -


Virus Bulletin (Anti-Virus Testing) -




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


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