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How to Prevent Rogue Anti-Virus/Spyware Programs???

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#1 CapoStatus202


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Posted 20 May 2010 - 01:31 PM

While running vista I had my pc taken over by a couple rogue anti-virus programs...so i finally made the jump to windows 7 and had been clean for a good 3 months. However yesterday i got hit with "anti-spyware soft." I cleaned it up today but I'm wondering whats the best way to prevent my pc from being hit with these rogue programs... I keep auto-update on, Adobe Reader & Java are both up-to-date (i think they seem to exploit Adobe somehow to infect pc's), I use AVG's free version & just added MalwareBytes too

In short, I was wondering if un-installing Internet Explorer would help since once the programs do find a way in they use IE to connect to the internet...

Any suggestions??????????? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 05:59 AM

There's an add on for firefox 'Noscript' which can stop drive-by downloads, click jackings etc

There's Host file protection, blocks access to dodgy sites

And also Web of trust, which gives an indication about the quality of the site you're about to visit

You say you have AVG anti virus, but do you have a firewall?

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 06:04 AM

Please read How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected which explains the most common ways malware is contracted and spread.
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