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Old 17. Jul 2010, 04:36 AM   #131 (permalink)
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I use web mail like Google only. I don't use any email client. I am not sure, if mail shield is required for the web mail, but I don't think it is. For the webpage scanning, web shield is used. That's why I chose not to install the mail shield. I am not sure though.
Anupam the mail shield only protects email clients and it wont help you
any if you are only using web mail like Google. So, you did the right thing
by not installing mail shield.
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Old 17. Jul 2010, 08:48 AM   #132 (permalink)
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Thanks for the clarification Bo. Where did you get this information from?
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Old 17. Jul 2010, 08:04 PM   #133 (permalink)
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Are you sure about this? I'm asking because if you read a bit down in the link from Avast forum I gave in a previous post, there's an argument that even if you don't use email clients, you could still benefit from the Mail Shield.

I think I'll keep it for now.
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Old 18. Jul 2010, 01:13 AM   #134 (permalink)
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Are you sure about this? I'm asking because if you read a bit down in the link from Avast forum I gave in a previous post, there's an argument that even if you don't use email clients, you could still benefit from the Mail Shield.

I think I'll keep it for now.
I personally feel that the mail shield is not even needed even if you are
using something like Outlook express, like I do. Probably is needed even
less when you are using something like Google or Yahoo. I learned to live
without the mail protection when I was using Avira. At that time I did some
reading on the subject and I was surprised that many suggest that email
clients SHOULD not be scanned by anti virus applications because they can
corrupt the programs. Thats not gonna happen if you are using Google
mail, but Why use the mail shield when all you really need is the File shield
to scan files when they are downloaded to your PC or the Network and
Web shield to warm you about malicious links that you click on.
Avast and Avast enthusiasts would tell you that it does help you when you
are using Google mail but I really don't believe that to be true. Avast tells
you that:
"New in version 5, the proxy also supports scanning of SSL communication ".
So I guess the official word from Avast is that it does protect Webmail, but
I doubt that its actually needed.
I think you should keep the Mail shield if it makes you feel more secure.
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Old 18. Jul 2010, 03:22 AM   #135 (permalink)
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I personally feel that the mail shield is not even needed even if you are
using something like Outlook express, like I do. Probably is needed even
less when you are using something like Google or Yahoo. I learned to live
without the mail protection when I was using Avira. At that time I did some
reading on the subject and I was surprised that many suggest that email
clients SHOULD not be scanned by anti virus applications because they can
corrupt the programs. Thats not gonna happen if you are using Google
mail, but Why use the mail shield when all you really need is the File shield
to scan files when they are downloaded to your PC or the Network and
Web shield to warm you about malicious links that you click on.
Avast and Avast enthusiasts would tell you that it does help you when you
are using Google mail but I really don't believe that to be true. Avast tells
you that:
"New in version 5, the proxy also supports scanning of SSL communication ".
So I guess the official word from Avast is that it does protect Webmail, but
I doubt that its actually needed.
I think you should keep the Mail shield if it makes you feel more secure.
Bo
To add to that, modern online webmail provides their own antivirus protection (and other security measures).

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/a...n&answer=25760
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security...irus-39181659/
http://help.yahoo.com/tutorials/cg/m..._compose4.html
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Ok. I have a question about Avast Web shield. I am in XP Pro SP3 and use Firefox running with DropMYRights, along with extensions, WOT, NoScript, and KeyScrambler. Will use Sandboxie when using on line banking or downloading. Now, with all of the preceding running would I still need Web shield. P.S. Currently I am only running Behavior, File, and Network shields.
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Old 18. Jul 2010, 08:21 PM   #137 (permalink)
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Hi there Anupam,
I hope you are well?

i had to restore my pc and as restore has put Mcaffee ( at a large fee lol) back on this piece of crap i am now looking for something to replace it with before i take it off.Any suggestions? I need something that will allow me to download Skype as we have had a family catastrophe and need to Skype with people in southern ireland.


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Ok. I have a question about Avast Web shield. I am in XP Pro SP3 and use Firefox running with DropMYRights, along with extensions, WOT, NoScript, and KeyScrambler. Will use Sandboxie when using on line banking or downloading. Now, with all of the preceding running would I still need Web shield. P.S. Currently I am only running Behavior, File, and Network shields.
Since you mentioned that you do not use Sandboxie apart from banking, or downloading, you do need the Web Shield in my opinion. WOT, and NoScript should keep you safe most of the times, and warn you about malicious sites. But, there might be some cases, where these may fail. I have had few such cases. WOT did not warn me of the site, neither did Firefox itself, but I got warning from Avast about the site being malicious and it broke the connection for that site.

So, yes, you should use the shield.
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i had to restore my pc and as restore has put Mcaffee ( at a large fee lol) back on this piece of crap i am now looking for something to replace it with before i take it off.Any suggestions? I need something that will allow me to download Skype as we have had a family catastrophe and need to Skype with people in southern ireland.
Hi labelle, am doing good, thanks, and hope you are too .

You can get rid of McAfee if you want to. Do uninstall it properly from Add/Remove. I would suggest that you go for Avast Antivirus, or Microsoft Security Essentials(MSE). Both provide excellent security, and are amongst the best free antivirus available today.

Any antivirus should not stop you from downloading legitimate and benevolent software. So, any antivirus you choose, will allow you to download, and install Skype without any problem... even McAfee should allow you to do that.

I have been using Avast for years, and am very happy with it. I have read and seen MSE doing really well too. You can go for anyone of them.
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Ok. I have a question about Avast Web shield. I am in XP Pro SP3 and use Firefox running with DropMYRights, along with extensions, WOT, NoScript, and KeyScrambler. Will use Sandboxie when using on line banking or downloading. Now, with all of the preceding running would I still need Web shield. P.S. Currently I am only running Behavior, File, and Network shields.
wolfstr, my system is same as yours, XP SP3. I am using same shields you
do and also using Web shield, so I recommend you use it. I don't believe it
slows down my speed at all and even though I am using Sandboxie, I do feel
safer because of the Web shield.
In my opinion you would help your security more if you start using SBIE the
way it was designed to be used. SBIE was made to be used all the time, and
not only for banking or downloading files. Use SBIE properly and is likely that
you will never get infected again, unless you install the wrong program.

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