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using anti-virus with firewall

Yell Srik
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Joined: Mar 10, 2004
Posts: 61
I need a small clarification regarding the usage of firewall.

I have recently taken a new broadband internet connection. While configuring my machine, the computer technician enabled the Win XP firewall but did not install any anti-virus software.

He told me that since firewall is enabled, there is no need for any anti-virus software on my PC. he advised me not to install any anti-virus software.
I want to know if he is right??

If yes, then how can i check if the contents of a CD or email attachments or files copied from a floppy, CD etc are free of viruses without using an anti-virus software??

Thanks in advance.
James Swan
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Joined: Jun 26, 2001
Posts: 403

AVG - free Antivirus software
Microsoft Windows Defender - free Antispyware
Adaware Personal - free Antispyware

Do your web browsing with Firefox, have Windows XP Firewall running, perform regular virus/spyware scans of your PC, don't run/install email attachments.

Ideally go out and purchase yourself a router and use that as your gateway to your broadband connection rather that directly having your PC connected.
Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 20532

Also, take a look at spyblaster. It will ban a whole ton of web sites, and activeX controls, from IE and Firefox.


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