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My OS is win 7 Prof 64 bit and I have Microsoft Security Essentials and Anti Malware protecting my pc.  I am not sure whether these two will do the job or preventing any intrusions into my pc.  Therefore I am thinking of having zone alarm too.  i know the norm is only to have one software for the job, but I have an aweful feeling that someone has hacked into my pc, and I do not know how to find out if this is true or not.  perhaps the experts can advise.  Thank u.
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by:John Hurst
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In general you should only have one Anti Virus application running at one time. So if running Microsoft Security Essentials full time and scanning with MBAM, say, weekly, then you do not need Zone Alarm as well. I suggest adding a third A/V is not a good idea.
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by:McKnife
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Zone alarm is a firewall application. Win7 has a built-in firewall already. If you don't know how those work, keep windows' own as firewall solution.

If you are afraid of being infected, do an offline scan of your computer. Do you know how? For example"windows defender offline" is a freeware for that purpose.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Zone Alarm makes a free Firewall only product http://www.zonealarm.com/ that you can use without conflict with your anti-virus.

What makes you think that someone has hacked your computer?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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If you are afraid you've been hacked, you can try running RUBOTTED from trend micro. Just don't buy anything.

In terms of running more than one AV/AM solution,  as long as only 1 is running on - access scanning you should be okay.  It is a little overkill, but then I am like that on some machines.  I swear by Winpatrol Plus  (sometimes you can get it on sale - I bought it for 0.99).
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Oh, I forget about Winpatrol.  I've been running it for years.  If another program tries to make changes to monitored files like your HOSTS file, it will pop up and ask if you want to allow it.  Also when a program installs something that will run the next time you boot, it will tell you and ask if you want to allow it.
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by:John Hurst
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Consider a top rated commercial antivirus application. These normally include firewall.

I use Symantec Corporate Endpoint Protection. I have a good deal of common sense and never have viruses - ever.

Look at a comparison site such as:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-anti-virus-software,review-2222.html

There are more. But Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee and Avast always tend to sift to the top. You want the paid commercial offerings from these vendors.

I find one excellent one much better than an collection of products.

Also, put your machines behind a good commercial router with built-in hardware firewall for added protection. I do this as well.
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John is correct, as usual.  Although we have the same version of SEP and I'm not completely satisfied.  SEP has been catching a lot more attempted incoming traffic (some are ones I used to allow to connect but don't allow anymore).
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by:jegajothy
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In response to Dave, I installed Zone Alarm which is free, and sure enough it blocked a Trojan that tried to transmit data, which I have not seen the other firewalls do (i.e. I did not see any pop ups to say a thing was blocked).  let me monitor and see how this new Zone Alarm performs.
Thank u.
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by:jegajothy
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the suggestion works. thank u.
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by:McKnife
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Be aware that you are not secure again just because zone alarm stopped one program that others did not stop from doing connections. You did not respond to questions about your case of "hacking", unfortunately.
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by:jegajothy
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in response McKnife, and the others,  the reason of my suspicions is because when I was online, on a couple of occasions, I found my mouse to be moving to click on something else, when my hands were off the keyboard and the mouse, that is why I had to spring to action.  And also a friend who I was on email contact called to inform me that my pc was hacked, not sure how he found out this and he refused to reveal.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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My optical mouse on both computers on this desk sometimes start wandering across the screen but it because of low level vibrations and optical noise on my desk, not because someone else is controlling them.  If I set the mouse down on just the right spot with both dark and light spots, it will sometimes start doing it instantly.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Try using RUBOTTED,  http://free.antivirus.com/us/rubotted/index.html, from trend micro. The software is free and monitors outgoing connections (is anything being sent out?  - you'd be surprised how much). DO NOT buy the house call app when it asks if you want to fix the problem.
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