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    MacAfee or not

    This is a discussion on MacAfee or not within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Originally Posted by Alan b I use Avast as it is free, it has never let me down. I couldn't ...

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      Re: MacAfee or not

      Quote Originally Posted by Alan b View Post
      I use Avast as it is free, it has never let me down.
      I couldn't agree more. I ditched Norton in favour of Avast several years ago and have never looked back. Avast is free for personal use, it isn't a resource hog like McAfee or Norton, and it seems to do the job just fine.

      As for firewalling, I have Windows firewall on, but that's only to stop Windows bleating about security problems - a firewall on a PC doesn't really offer any more protection than the NAT system on the router is inherently providing anyway.

      That along with pop-up protection from Google Toolbar seems good enough. I've never been infected by any kind of virus or other form of malware ever. But I must admit I'm not one of these people who installs random bits of software off the Internet, so that probably explains part of that.


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      Re: MacAfee or not

      Quote Originally Posted by James67 View Post
      a firewall on a PC doesn't really offer any more protection than the NAT system on the router is inherently providing anyway.
      Hmm. Inbound, sure, (though if you've punched a hole through and opened a port or use UPnP that could in theory reduce the inherent protection). Outbound, I don't think so. Malware can use IRC for example or mimic IM and P2P using port 80 (http). NAT can only protect against network aware programs that don't rely on inbound connections.
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      Re: MacAfee or not

      mcaffe is the worst anti virus i ever ahd sky choose a better one that dosent crash your pc or take up recources i thankyou

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      Re: MacAfee or not

      Quote Originally Posted by Saturday View Post
      Hmm. Inbound, sure, (though if you've punched a hole through and opened a port or use UPnP that could in theory reduce the inherent protection). Outbound, I don't think so. Malware can use IRC for example or mimic IM and P2P using port 80 (http). NAT can only protect against network aware programs that don't rely on inbound connections.
      Well, OK, that's true. But it is a belt-and-braces approach to have malware protection AND firewalling of outbound connections. If you don't have any malware on any of your PCs, any outbound connection is going to be, by definition, legitimate.

      I would also advocate switching UPnP off. Any program which needs UPnP on the router in order to run isn't worthy of being on my PC in my view. Live Messenger is perfectly capable of running without it, for example.

     

     
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