Actually you can consider purchasing a firewall or get a free one. There are many great firewalls out there. Listing a few I like:
-Comodo Pro Firewall (Now Comodo Pro Internet Security)
I'm not saying Windows Firewall is bad, but 3rd party applications certainly have the upper edge.
I have had Spybot for years and swear by it. Last year when the virus from hell attacked, Spybot was the hero!
I was ready to take all programs, etc. off my Dell and completely start over with a skeleton computer. A lot of my friends had to do this! No other service could help with that virus and it attached itself to everything. Also, it blocked the computer from a restoration process! The virus was attacking and winning everywhere!
I was in a losing battle. But, I waited a week or so before doing anything drastic. I just waited and updated and ran the Spybot daily. And, eventually Spybot was able to kill the virus!
I told my friends that Spybot was their answer!
My question should have been "Is Spybot all I need?"
I appreciate your links and will read and study them promptly, but is Spybot all I need?
I had McAfee free through my AOL. But my "free" agreement is ending. And McAfee was not polite or helpful last year when I had the virus. Their advice was just to remove everything from my computer and start over!
I want to remove the McAfee program ASAP.
If I have to pay for something, I want it to be the best.
And again, I am too computer dumb to know if Spybot covers all my needs.
Anything I know about computers, I taught meyself. When I worked, I had a systems administrator and used "canned" programs. So I know darn little!
I use a Dell Dimension with Windows XP.
I am still confused, but after reading various links, etc. I believe I will need more than just my Spybot program....
Now the question is what will I need after I remove McAfee... Will I just need a firewall ? Or also a anti-virus program?
And which company should I use? It has to very user friendly or I will be in trouble.
And McAfee was not polite or helpful last year when I had the virus. Their advice was just to remove everything from my computer and start over!
Don't mind me, but McAfee is pathetic to just tell users to reformat their computers without getting into any details. A bit lazy if you ask me.
A solid security for your computer will consist of a firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware application.
Post#3 of this thread tells you about the firewalls.
Good, robust anti-virus programs include:
-NOD32 Anti-Virus (a trial)
You have Spybot-Search&Destroy covered for your anti-spyware.
Additional coverage just gives you a little more taste of anti-rootkit protection and real-time surfing protection from AVG. It is up to you to decide which ones you need and what you don't need. Additional coverage by ZoneAlarm includes built-in malware/virus scanner scanning. So you might want to decide what kind of additional coverage you might actually want.