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New system - how to keep virus-free?


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#1 tears for bugs

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 03:30 PM

I just got a new system, and resist websurfing because of the possibility of STDs (system-transmitted diseases!) There are many free software downloads available for cleaning up the system and removing spyware, etc. How do I know which ones are valid, and which ones actually harm my computer? I'm looking for a good free (or inexpensive) download which eliminates spyware, worms, and viruses to keep my system bug-free and operating smoothly. Is there a list available? Effectiveness ratings? I want to be able to surf without worry of hidden snags...

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 04:13 PM

Do you have any kind of security active now. If not please make sure W7 firewall is turned on and at least download MSE Microsoft Security Essentials from there web site. That will let you look online for what your looking for. :thumbsup: To Bleeping Computer!

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 05:02 PM

The key factor in infected systems...has nothing to do with the system, it's the user.

If the user doesn't routinely (not a 1-shot deal)...routinely take all the steps necessary to keep the system safe, it will become infected.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:04 PM

I agree with hamluis the number one security is the user. It all starts there. I would like a reply on what you have for security on your computer at this time. We can start from there. We need to know this and we will go from there. Every protected on line computer is good for all of us. Happy computing starts with security.

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 12:52 PM

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

Other security reading resources:Browser Security resources:• Finally, if you need to replace your anti-virus, firewall or need a reliable anti-malware scanner please refer to:
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 04:51 PM

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

Other security reading resources:Browser Security resources:• Finally, if you need to replace your anti-virus, firewall or need a reliable anti-malware scanner please refer to:


Nice. This isnt even my thread, but God bless you.




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