Ask the Doctor: Security Slowdown?

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dankers

Ads on sourceforge?

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PCmonkeyboy

 

 

I also got a warning when I went to that site and than there is that annoying DAMNED ad that blocks the right side of the screen on the DL page. Are you slipping MPC?

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MAXPCreader07

I find that Windows really flies when you dont run a realtime anti-virus and use a very light firewall (like the Windows Firewall)

What a shame for all those Windows users bogging down their computers with security software.

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Keith E. Whisman

you should never go naked in the wild (no security software) but there are certain circumstances where AV and FireWall alerts are not wanted and during online gaming is one of those times. Zone Alarm has a game button that shuts down FireWall alerts and temperarily shuts off the AV components. As a matter of fact when it comes to Antivirus software I look for one that allows me to right click it's icon in the taskbar and choose to disable the AV software from a pop up menu. The only ones that I know for sure that allow this are Norton Internet Security 2009 and Avira Antivir. Avira is a top notch free antivirus program and NIS2009 is a bargain at $49bucks online. NIS2009 is fully featured and lite on system resources. What I mean is that it has a very small foot print.

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brainwins

You are right. Last night my computer freezed when I tried launching the Sacred 2 demo. It happened right at the part where it said: Conecting to Local Server. After I disabled ZA, everything went smooth. Sweet.

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brainwins

So you suggest just running naked into the wild?

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jcollins

There's nothing like letting the boys run free in the crisp morning air...  As long as you are intelligent about where you go, get the booster shots when they're available, and get things checked out whenever something trips the questionometer, you should be fine. 

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RedRage

I went to the page to download OpenSourceMark and I received a warning from ZoneAlarm saying that it was a high risk website and has been known to install spyware.  Now I know that Maximum PC would never recommend something with spyware right?  Right?

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jcollins

This is Sourceforge.net.  I've never heard of issues with spyware on it since it is mainly code.  I tend to think that's a spurious message that you got.

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brainwins

I am also running ZA, but I am not getting any message. I´ll download it and let you know if anything goes wrong...

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