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Old 11-01-2005, 06:11 PM #1
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Program Listing AntiVirus/Spyware/Others

***To-do list: independent reviews of cited programs to save you the research part of things; listings of Firefox and Thunderbird extensions that may be particularly useful(?)

This is to serve as a running list of several options for various concerns in computer security; hopefully, you'll find what you need here. You may actually discover a new program you like, as well, or decide to try something new from it.

This is by NO means a complete listing. However, it should be a good starting point for you, and I would think that you'll find at least a few things you might like. Feel free to point out any other things you feel should be added to the list - this post will be updated (with credit given) as necessary.

Note: Major companies with multiple entries in more than one category (read: Symantec and McAfee) have been excluded from this list, save for McAfee's online scanner.

Anti-Virus

Online Scanners (Internet Explorer Required)
Trend Micro
McAfee FreeScan
Panda ActiveScan
Microsoft Protection Scan (beta; also attempts to detect net connection vulnerabilities)
Freeware (or has a free version)
AVG Free
Avast! Home Edition
AntiVir Personal Edition
ClamWin (open-source)
BitDefender
VCatch
Trial or Commercial Programs
Eset Nod32 - I use this and personally like it.
Kaspersky Labs
Protector Plus
Trojan Hunter - Thanks to CAL-cs|Denis for the suggestion!
Miscellaneous
HandyBits Scan Integrator - detects and uses multiple AV engines (sounds like a neat idea in the event you're a multiple AV user, but I have not tried this.)
Anti-Spyware

Freeware
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06 (download.com)
Spybot Search & Destroy
Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta)
JavaCool SpywareBlaster
Hijack This - Scroll down the program list to download (you may find other things here of interest). Be extremely careful with this program.
KillBox - Thanks to CAL-cs|Denis for the link - Be extremely careful with this program.
CWShredder - Use to remove CoolWebSearch, which is infamously stubborn.
Trial or Commercial Programs
Sunbelt Counterspy - I've had a decent experience with this one. It uses Giant just like MSAS does.
Webroot SpySweeper
PC Tools - Spyware Doctor
Omniquad AntiSpy
SpyBuster
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Firewalls (Yes, routers are good to have, too.)

Freeware
ZoneAlarm
Kerio Personal (full-featured for 30 days; continues to function after expiration). Kerio will be halting development on this product at the end of this year.
Outpost Free (because of its lack of updates, some consider this one questionable. Their commercial version is highly rated, though.)
Sygate Personal (Sygate was recently taken over by Symantec, in case you wanted to know.)
WindowsXP SP2 built-in - Well, hey, it IS there, you know.
Jetico (direct download link)
NetVada Safety.Net (email address required - just follow through to download.)
Trial or Commercal Programs
8signs
Outpost Pro (usually comes highly rated)
Tiny 2005
Look 'n' Stop
Alternative Browsers - Thanks to badomen for suggesting this!

Freeware
Firefox
Firefox 1.5 (Formerly "Deer Park") - Still a beta as of present.
Netscape Browser
Avant (Possibly based on IE?)
Maxthon (Formerly MyIE2 - Pretty sure this one was based on IE anyway, correct me if I'm wrong...)
Opera - Thanks to L`astronaut for the heads-up on Opera dropping ad support and licensing fees!
Netscaptor
Miscellaneous Programs/Utilities

Resources
Microsoft CleanUp (beta; searches for temp files and such to do exactly what its name suggests. ActiveX, and therefore Internet Explorer, is required.)
Microsoft TuneUp (beta; checks for need to defragment and other general "housekeeping" tasks. ActiveX / IE required.) - Thanks to DMiller for these two!

Desktop Customization / Skinning

Resources
Deviant Art - Excellent source of wallpapers and various other materials. Please, if you use something posted there, give credit to them in the future.
Style XP - Utility used to apply themes in much the same way WindowBlinds (see below) applies themes, albeit in a different way as far as the OS is concerned. Trial version available.
Theme XP - Large website that provides everything from boot screens to wallpaper to themes to be used with Style XP, above. Much of this site's content is wrapped in various things - toolbars and such - that you may not / probably do not want on your computer. I cannot speak for ease of removal of such unwanted "riders" on your downloads from here, since I did not try it.
WindowBlinds - Commonly-used program to apply OS themes. (For other customization programs (cursors, icons, visual effects, bootskins, and so forth), please see the lengthy program listing on the left side of this page.) You can find a listing of over 3,600 WindowBlinds themes here.
Desktop Extreme - A sister site of the one mentioned above, this is a fairly large source of wallpapers on everything from landscapes to cars.
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RockXP 3.0
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Old 11-01-2005, 06:27 PM #2
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Old 11-01-2005, 08:09 PM #3
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Sorry thought I would share some links.
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Old 11-01-2005, 08:37 PM #4
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That's awsome. You've saved me a lot of future posts on PBN that would probably only piss people off. Lol.
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Old 11-01-2005, 08:57 PM #5
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:35 AM #6
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Old 11-02-2005, 04:39 PM #7
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Netcaptor for browser alternative.

I know KK uses it so it must be credible. It's based off IE.
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Old 11-02-2005, 07:28 PM #8
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RockXP:

To retrieve and change your XP Key
- To retrieve all Microsoft Products keys
- To save your XP activation file
- To retrieve your lost XP system passwords
- To retrieve your lost RAS (Remote Access Settings) passwords
- And to generate new passwords

I use this tool myself and strongly suggest it for use. Excellent for the security savvy.

Email Applications
Mozilla Thunderbird
Browser Tweak and Control
Emilsoft Flexbeta Firetweaker for Firefox

Those are just some additions that should be in there.
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:45 PM #9
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Netcaptor for browser alternative.

I know KK uses it so it must be credible. It's based off IE.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:21 PM #10
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jv16 PowerTools 2005

Clean the system registry using the first AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered Registry Cleaner on the market
Generic MRU history data cleaner in the Registry Cleaner can flush the privacy-threatening MRU lists of hundreds of applications
Clean the History and MRU lists of many common Windows applications with the History Cleaner
List and remove even the most hidden registry traces of installed software with the Software Manager
Finally get rid of system modifications created by old software using the Registry Manager
Fix broken shortcut from the start menu and desktop with the Start Menu Fixer
Manage and take control of Cookies and web browser history items with the Cookie Manager and History Manager
Privacy Protector can clear all unwanted Cookies and History items at every system startup.
Find obsolete and not-used files, such as unused shared DLL and OCX files, unused fonts and leftover temp files with the File Cleaner
Analyze the contents of unknown files with the File Analyzer
Encrypt, merge, analyze, copy, mass rename or wipe files with the File Tool
Monitor what goes on inside the registry, undo the changes easily or remove the changed items with the Registry Monitor
The multilingual user interface allows you to use the program in all major languages or to translate it into your own language very easily
Automatic backup and safety features which can also be turned off
Comes with a full, 60-page electronic ready-to-print handbook (click here to read it online)
And much more!

http://www.macecraft.com/jv16powertools2005/
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http://www.tune-up.com/

Does most of the same as ^^^ but i personally like it better. You can also use the new tune up styler to change window color, Login screen, and loading screen. Pm me if you would like a seriall number for this program.
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a very effective anti-spyware that runs in the background and updates itself automatically.
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You need to change Microsoft Anti-Spyware to to "Windows Defender"
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Old 05-29-2006, 01:24 PM #15
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Will allways use AVG

And mabe ... The MS AntySpyWare

or Just Plain Linux :o
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Old 05-31-2006, 03:42 PM #16
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i use 06 Norton Anti-Virus and i also use Spysweeper on top of that. runs pretty good.
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Old 06-02-2006, 11:05 AM #18
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For Defragging I use Diskeeper. You can get it here: http://www.diskeeper.com/defrag.asp

For cleaning my registry I use Registry Mechanic. You can get it here: http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/
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AVG is a good anti virus i have been using it for years and have yet ot get a virus (thats sasser, net.works, all those annoying viruses that just set your norton off, and most malice programs the ones it doesnt get spybot and ada-aware pick up) the best part its ABSOLUTELY FREE any computer i service in the shop gets a copy of this and zone alarm cuz they are both free will always update for free arent weakend trial copies and do an excellant job
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Amazing tool! Spyware, virus protection, pop up blocker, and firewall, auto update, and super scan all in one! Must get!
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