How many security programs should you have on your computer?

I am completely technology illiterate and I don’t know the difference between firewall protection and antivirus protection and spyware protection and whatever other type of protection there is out there! If you would please explain the diferences to me and tell me the ones that I should have on my computer. Also, the security program I have on my computer is fixing to expire so if there are any good security programs I can download for free that would be greatly appreciated as well!

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  1. Zyfert says:

    You need a really good anti-virus as well as an anti-spyware program if you download anything from the internet. I can highly recommend the following as I have been using them for years without a problem. Kaspersky for anti-virus and CounterSpy for the other. The standard Windows firewall is enough if you have these two.
    Regards, Zyfert http://spyware.cybersprout.com

  2. Suraj says:

    One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition’s excellent reputation is well justified. The sky-blue, skinnable interface features five buttons. The first two, Status and Scan, lead to the core function of the application. These buttons initiate a scan of your files for adware components. After scanning is complete, the program presents a summary of results, followed by a list from which you select exactly which components to remove. Right-clicking an individual entry gives some information about the piece of suspected adware, though we would like more details.

    Ad-Aware SE can alert you to more malignant forms of malware by separating items into critical and negligible categories. The third button, Ad-Watch, is nonfunctional in the Standard version. The fourth button, Plug-ins, shows you which Ad-Aware plug-ins are installed. The fifth leads to the help files.Ad-Aware SE does an excellent job of quickly finding and removing most adware and spyware components, although you will have to restart and rescan for a seriously infected machine. We were pleased to see an auto-update feature included with the program, keeping Ad-Aware up-to-date with the latest adware components. Ad-Aware SE should be part of your arsenal for keeping your machine free of adware and spyware components.

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  3. Ted B says:

    Long question. To understand what’s a firewall,anti-virus and anti-spyware go here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firewall_(networking)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antivirus
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antispyware#Remedies_and_prevention
    >>>Now to get the best protection for your PC, you’ll need a hardware firewall ( Your router is one if you have it ), a software firewall like the FREE ZoneAlarm http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?dc=12bms&ctry=US&lang=en , A good antivirus app like this FREE one here http://www.free-av.com/ ( Remember, you can only have one antivirus program on your PC at anytime). and you will need to install a couple FREE antispywares here : http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html, http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/, http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx, http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html.

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