Ok, I go to school online as some of you know. Because viruses and spyware, etc. can be such a hazard and all our work is done online they require us to have a firewall and spyware and adware scanners. I got my firewall free for a year when I signed up with road runner. I've had it for more than a year but they haven't cut it off, so...shhhhh don't tell. I did a google search for free firewall and I will post the google search link because there were several with free download. Don't get one that is only free trial because there are ones that are free. Now the college recommended that we use spybot search and destroy for spyware and adware. It's free and pretty strong. I will include that link here too. It is very easy to use, if anyone has a question feel free to ask, believe me, if I can do anyone can. It is important that you run the spyware/adware scan on a regular basis, at least once per week if not more often. Here are the links spyware/adware free downloads http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22262,00.asp google search for free firewalls http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=free+firewall
Aisha, ISP is internet service provider. For example I have both road runner cable broadband and aol. o/s is operating system. Example I have microsoft windows xp. It does come with a firewall but it's not as strong as I would like. aol 9.0 comes with a free spyware scanner but it's not as strong either.
gina - i have aol, just downloaded the new version the past 9 hours it took :(. i also have windows xp. i have the spyware thru aol. should i also get the spybot like you siggested and do i have to disable the current spyware i have in order to do that ? also , aol does not detect a firewall with the windows so can i download a free firewall without having to disable the built in firewall ? sorry if these are idiot questions but i truly do not know anything about this stuff. i wasn't part of the computer generation.
Scout, I thought you switched to DSL. You have a firewall with Windows XP. It may be disabled, though. It could be that Admin. has decided not to reveal our IPs, if they have read what we have been saying.
cricketmom i just got the dsl modem in the mail but according to the info i have to wait for verizon to call me and say its okay to install ? who knows. i will call on monday and install tuesday if all is well. that is prolly why it took 9 hours UGH !!!!
Scout, can't you call Verizon tonight. I have Verizon cell phones and they are there 24/7. I have Roadrunner cable modem. It takes a small fraction of the time to download anything, as it used to with AOL. I love it.
i guess i could but then i can't talk to you and who knows if i'll be on here tomorrow or not. if the install goes til 12pm est i will be long gone outta the house by then and won't be back til night. i almost feel like this is my last day here :(
Pearl, do you like DSL? Scout, You may want to do what I told Aisha. Wait and see what the site is like before you start downloading. It may not even happen tomorrow. I am one of those wait and see people.
Scout....just a suggestion. If you are unsure you could always just log in to this site using an anonymizer such as : http://www.the-cloak.com/anonymous-surfing-home.html Its free to use...all you have to do is go to that link....click where it says 'start surfing' adjust your settings,and type the TP forum url into the box provided. It masks your true IP while you are on the site. Only drawback is that you would have to login to this site through the cloak everytime. here is another one that is downloadable: http://www.primedius.com/AnonymousWebBrowsingFreeTrial.htm anyhoo...just a thought. I wouldn't want you to have to leave :(