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Can anyone help me with the KISS principle?

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#1 SFB


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Posted 24 November 2009 - 08:33 PM

OMG!! Now I know what a Guantuanmo water board event must feel like.

I’m a newbie to this site who just spent an hour or so looking to garner some info on how to better protect my computer.. For all my efforts reading thru the tons of posts, I only came away with one generic post that relates to what one should or should not do to keep from getting an infected machine. Very helpful as a preventative measure, but not what I was looking for.

I would like some advise on narrowing down the mega choices for what specific AV, Spy & Mal ware , and firewall programs I might want to install on my computers. One an Xp and one a Vista with DSL connection.

1- I would prefer 5 star software and don’t mind paying a reasonable price for the protection, but I am open to a free version being a better choice.
2-I do not wish to load my machine up with multiple competing programs since I already know how to minimize my vulnerability. In my state that's called...One riot, one Ranger.
3- I am not interested in labor intensive programs. It either must run in the background or allow me to do a “simple” manual or scheduled scan. Once a bad guy is found then I want a simple solution. 357 magnum bullet to the brain. No thinking, no work, just pull the trigger.

Can someone help me?

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#2 Stang777


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Posted 28 November 2009 - 06:38 PM

I have used ZoneAlarm Antivirus and Firewall for many years and love it. It includes an operating system firewall which provides added security to the system. I do not use the ZoneAlarm Pro or full security suite. It really requires very little attention from me after the initial setup of programs which was very easy to do. I can keep everything from accessing the internet other than what I want to access it and I really like that it lets me keep Windows and other programs from calling home. This is not a free program but I feel it is very reasonably priced

I like Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware for on demand scanners, they scan and remove whatever they find. I use Spybot and SpywareBlaster to immunize the system. All of those are very easy to use and they require very little from me as well, just a few clicks. All of these programs are free.

None of the above bogs my system down as the only one of them that runs in the background is Zonealarm

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 07:03 PM

For an Anti-Virus, I have been using (and loving) Avira AntiVir (Free edition). It has scheduled scanning/updating, real time protection, and is one of, if not the best free Anti-Virus software out there.

Firewall- I use Comodo. If you decide to use comodo, during installation be sure to untick the box to install their anti-virus software if you already have an anti-virus installed, or plan on installing a different one. You should only have 1 antivirus software installed on any machine

On demand scanning, I agree with Stang777 with Malwarebytes and SUPERantispyware.

I would also recommend SpywareBlaster (download link is in my sig). It immunizes your system to stop threats from entering in the first place.

None of the above programs hog system memory and run very smoothly :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:36 AM

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.

Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:

Keep Windows and Internet Explorer current with all critical updates from Microsoft which will patch many of the security holes through which attackers can gain access to your computer. If you're not sure how to do this, see Microsoft Update helps keep your computer current.

Avoid gaming sites, porn sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs (i.e. Limewire, eMule, uTorrent). They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Malicious worms, backdoor Trojans IRCBots, and rootkits spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming, porn and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious 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. Porn sites can lead to the Trojan.Mebroot MBR rootkit and other dangerous malware. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.Beware of Rogue Security software as they are one of the most common sources of malware infection. They infect machines by using social engineering and scams to trick a user into spending money to buy a an application which claims to remove malware. For more specific information on how these types of rogue programs and infections install themselves, read:Keeping Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk as they are one of the most common infection vectors for malware which can transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:Many security experts recommend you disable Autorun asap as a method of prevention. Microsoft recommends doing the same.

...Disabling Autorun functionality can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a CD-ROM device, USB device, network shares, or other media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file...

Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun
How to Maximize the Malware Protection of Your Removable Drives

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 04:33 AM

i like kaspersky.but if you want to truly be safe use unbuntu

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:50 PM

I also like Kaspersky Internet Security.
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