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#1 rocket2247

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:51 PM

I recently purchased a new computer because my last one had crashed. I was hoping that someone could help me by telling me what programs I should have on my computer and how to run them effectively in order to keep my computer safe. From talking to friends, they have said that there are plenty of good programs out there that are free. If anyone could help that would be great. If needed, I can post what the specs are on the computer I purchased.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:14 PM

Everyone will be different. There are many good ones, for free, posted here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

I personally use Comodo firewall, AVG A-V, Spyware blaster and Spyware Guard.
On-Demand malware scanners are Malwarebytes and Suprantispyware



[/list]Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for infection:
• "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".
• "How did I get infected?, With steps so it does not happen again!".
• "Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2".
• "IE Recommended Minimal Security Settings" - "How to Secure Your Web Browser".

• Avoid gaming sites, underground web pages, pirated software, crack sites, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smrgsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications. Read P2P Software User Advisories and Risks of File-Sharing Technology.

Edited by garmanma, 18 February 2009 - 06:18 PM.

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#3 rocket2247

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:11 AM

Thanks for the help. Do I use Comodo in additon to the Windows firewall or do I disable the Windows one? Also, My last computer crashed after a power outage. Are there any good surge protectors out there or do I need to get a UPS. Also I leave the computer on all day. Is that bad? Should I put it in sleep mode or do I need to turn it off when I am done using it. Thanks again for all of the help.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:29 AM

Comodo will automatically deactivate the Windows Firewall upon installation. I've always had a surge protector in case of power failures and I've never had a problem. It should be standard equipment and they don't cost a lot of money. There was a brief power failure here on Sunday and other than irritating me because I was writing on my blog at the time, it booted right up. I prefer to shut down my computer completely but to each his own.

Edited by frankp316, 19 February 2009 - 11:32 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2009 - 01:21 PM

Do I use Comodo in additon to the Windows firewall

Whatever you choose, you should only run one A-V and one firewall.
Some will automatically close the Windows firewall and some will not. double-check to be sure
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