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I've been quickly going through the forum trying to come up with a list of protection applications I should be running. Currently I have a couple of WinXP Pro SP3 32 bit system, one WinVista Ultimate 32bit and next week I should have my new laptop which will have Vista 64 bit installed. I'd like to move all of my systems to 64 bit but some of the hardware has me stopped thus WinXP Pro 32 bit will be around until I can afford to replace them and I don't see this happening for at least a year or longer.

With the arrival of my new laptop I'd like to protect myself as much as possible and I will admit I get very confused very quickly in this area. Just a couple of months ago I discovered SAS and purchased the Pro version. Viewing the forum I realize that SAS is NOT 64 bit but it is in the works (I'll beta if I can). Thus to start out I will be installing the current version of SAS on the Vista 64 bit PC. The big question is, what else do you recommend that I install. I see Malwarebites recommended in several post but beyond that I'm lost.

I'll be running Outlook 2007 as my email client. Other than my personal home network and connecting into the internet at a hotel when I travel I don't think I will be connecting to other networks.

I do download a LOT of stuff from newsgroups and a lot of this stuff contains viruses and when it is detected I just discard the stuff.

I'd like to install a full suite of products to give me maximum protections. Suggestions would be appreciated.

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Having recently completed the adventure of going from Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit, I understand what is going through your mind concerning third party programs.

I run Avira Premium Security Suite and it works great on 64-bit. I would assume that the free version runs as well. The Avira forum should be able to answer any of your questions on it.

It is my understanding that SAS PRO for 64-bit will surface soon.

Malwarebytes free runs okay on 64 bit. However, there is no MBAM realtime available for 64-bit.

TrojanHunter runs on 64-bit; however, it is not yet fully compatible with 64-bit. The scanner and realtime THGuard work fine. I'm not certain as to the development of TH for full 64-bit compatibility.

There is a forum for Spybot S&D where you might find the answer concerning it.

The overall problem is that not too many 3rd party programs exist that are true 64-bit. Perhaps this will change in future as it looks like several computer vendors are starting to push Vista 64-bit as their primary OS.

You might be better served by asking specific questions on the various user forums for the products.

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Any comments on SpyZooka? See http://www.spyzooka.com/. I've got the FireFox "web of trust" add-in installed and it flags the site as untrustworthy. With a little research (more required) I see both negative/positive comments, I don't know who to believe.

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The discussions here should center on SuperAntispyware Questions. There are lots of Forums for seeking application suggestions, i.e wilders , DSL, etc . as suggested above by siliconman 01. :)

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For spyzooka, I've scanned the web, as stated above, and found mixed (negative/positive) comments. Thus I don't know who to believe and I trust the feedback of people posting in this forum much much much more. I'm running SAS Pro on my "current" (will be replaced in a couple of weeks) laptop and it has a serious performance issue. Currently I don't know if it is virus related, MS WinXP related, or hardware related or blot with all the applications I've installed on it. Thus I'm attempting to reach out the people I consider trusted experts. Sorry if this is the wrong forum. :cry:

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