Rosso, here's another AV etc programme. It looks OK but I don't of anyone who's used it yet. http://www.ewido.net/en/
Have a look. I think the other anti troj and spyware progs that we use probably take care of the extras it offers.
There are various free spyware removers such as Ad-aware, however have found that Norton Internet Security 2004 (£18 on E-bay) makes your computer invisible on the web and as a result I have no attacks by Trojan viruses and no spy ware. The most important thing is to get software that keeps up to date, which Norton does everytime you log on.
I had a few problems a long time ago with ZoneAlarm so I'm a bit biased. I did try it again but I like Sygate now. The latest ZoneAlarm version had some antivirus added which causes conflicts for some users. A majority of people still use ZA, but the previous version.
AVG is still popular as a free AV programme. I had the pro version which let some viruses in on this site, (or, maybe I should say, I let them in)
As I said, I use AntiVir now and I'm happy so far. Regular updates, sometimes twice a day. I don't see a problem with Sygate either, once it's configured.
thanks for the help guys.
i have tried zone alarm with win98 and it was great but i have since changed to xp and picked up a trojan shortly after installing it ! i now have - avg,win patrol, sygate firewall and spybot.
oatman, i have tried security symantec and most ports are stealth two or three are blue but port21 and 80 are showing red and are opened. also trojan horse check reports - port 1025 unused windows service block opened ??? any ideas? can i configure sygate firewall?
If you look at the first post on this thread, under "Firewalls" you'll see I had identical results to you, but I think the testing on the symantec site is badly flawed - in other words, I think it generates results to encourage you to use their software. Oatman will disagree with me here though... wont you, J?
Personally, I use ZoneAlarm, AntiVir, AdAware, Spybot S&D and WinPatrol.
The Firewall is bulletproof, trust me. AntiVir is the best free AV software around imo, and AdAware & Spybot kick any spyware into touch. WinPatrol is there as a handy "is this supposed to be doing this?" kind-of reminder.
EDIT : Oh, by the way : I also run the standard Windows XP firewall behind ZoneAlarm : it doesnt cause any conflicts, and its also totally bulletproof for inbound connections, but useless for managing outbound traffic - hence ZoneAlarm.