What free security should I install on my PC with a switch to ADSL? And what is the replacement for Napster?
November 9, 2004 8:57 AM   Subscribe

I am going ADSL later in the week. Apart from setting up XBox live, what free security should I install on my PC and also, what is the equivalent of Napster these days?
posted by Frasermoo to Computers & Internet (12 answers total)
If you're looking for music, use slsk.

As for security... it's not free, but if you are getting XBox Live and you already have a PC, you probably should get a router. Most (if not all) have some built-in security.
posted by mkn at 9:23 AM on November 9, 2004

oops. slsk
posted by mkn at 9:24 AM on November 9, 2004

For the firewall, get ahold of the old 2.x version of Kerio.

If I dug around, I might be able to find a copy.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:32 AM on November 9, 2004

I've always had better luck with WinMX.
posted by jonmc at 9:43 AM on November 9, 2004

B1tT0rrent dot com and 5uprn0va dot org. But don't tell anybody, OK?
posted by TimeFactor at 9:46 AM on November 9, 2004

Yeah, nobody knows.
posted by Otis at 9:54 AM on November 9, 2004

you probably should get a router.

are there people selling DSL modems that aren't already routers? I've used five different units and they were all mini routers with port forwarding schemes and various security features already built in.

Frankly, the idea of a "software firewall" has always seemed mildly ludicrous to me, like taping a balloon to your steering wheel and calling it an airbag.
posted by Mars Saxman at 10:11 AM on November 9, 2004

If I was the type of person that shared files, I would use Shareaza for it. It connects to multiple file sharing networks, and it even does torrents. It's open source, and apparently some people like that sort of thing.
posted by Jart at 10:45 AM on November 9, 2004

thanks guys, in fact the ADSL is go now. got home and it was ready to go. I'm running Kerio 4 and AVG antivirus. I'll have a router by next week which will have some protection hopefully.
posted by Frasermoo at 12:12 PM on November 9, 2004

If you're looking for old versions of software, the best place to go is, well, oldversion.com. Currently, they have old versions of zone alarm, but not old versions of kerio. However, you can request old versions of software not currently listed.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 12:27 PM on November 9, 2004

Telus in Canada provides a plain adsl modem with their service.
posted by Mitheral at 12:32 PM on November 9, 2004

I would say eMule for the filez..

I've found AVG, a router, and (importantly) not using IE or Outlook have kept me nice and safe for a couple of years.
posted by cell at 12:24 AM on November 10, 2004

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