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Best antivirus and firewall software combination for your computer
You might have installed some antivirus on your PC. Nowadays everyone do that to ensure safety from increasing threats from viruses, malwares and hackers. But do antiviruses really protect your computer from such threats which are increasing day by day. Yes, they do ensure a certain amount of safety but not the level of safety which your computer really needs.
Thousands of new viruses and spywares are created daily. Only few of them which have a quite large spread out gets detected while other lesser known ones can easily bypass most of the antivirus available in the market. It means that they are fully undetectable (FUD) by the antiviruses. A key-logger which I developed before 1.5 years is still not detected by any of the antivirus out there! (Of course I am an ethical hacker)
To protect your computer you can’t just depend on antivirus, you also need a firewall. A firewall is software which permits or denies network transmissions based upon a set of rules and is used to protect networks from unauthorized access while permitting only the legitimate communications to pass. Microsoft provides the in-built Windows firewall but it is good for nothing. It can be bypassed easily by a small registry hack. To ensure the optimum protection you need the best antivirus and firewall combination which works harmoniously. The best combination is important as sometimes a bad combination of antivirus and firewall can do more harm than good by slowing down your system and by being an obstacle in each others work. A hardware firewall is also available but you don’t require it unless you have a big organization.
Which is a good antivirus?
The antivirus which has the highest detection rates, which does not slows down your system, which has the least false-positive and has faster scan speed can be considered as a good antivirus software.
Which is a good firewall?
A good firewall software is one which does not slow down your internet, has sophisticated filtering techniques, VPN gateway facility, Sandbox etc.
Which is the best antivirus – firewall combination?
I have used and checked more than a dozen antivirus and firewall before coming to the conclusion. I have kept all the features and the speed factor in mind while judging the best combination. I also checked them on both Windows XP and Windows 7 OS.
List of antivirus I checked:
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus
- BitDefender Antivirus
- Trend Micro
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- Norton Antivirus/ Internet Security
- McAfee Antivirus
- ESET NOD32 Antivirus
- Quickheal Antivirus
- AVG Antivirus
List of firewalls I checked:
- Zonealarm Firewall
- Online Armor Free
- Comodo Firewall
And the best combination I found was Microsoft Security Essentials And Comodo Firewall. Both of them are freeware. The only prerequisite of installing Microsoft security essentials is that you should be running a genuine Windows on your PC.
Hope you will feel more secure using them. You would also like to check how can you prevent your email from getting hacked.