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#1 thatoneguy77

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 05:31 AM

I'm using Windows 7 64-bit and wish to upgrade my protection against harmful threats. So here's what I have installed after browsing forums and links, and I want to know if this is sufficient.

Eset Nod32 for Antivirus and Realtime
Threatfire as a compliment
Comodo Firewall with Defense+ for HIPS
Spyware Blaster for preventive measures
MVPS hosts file for preventive measures
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for on-demand scanning
Super Anti-spyware for on-demand Scanning
Winpatrol for change alerts
Sandboxie(I still don't know how best to use this!)
Windows Defender as built in to Windows 7
KeyScrambler for anti-keyloggers.

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:59 PM

My goodness! My personal opinion? Overkill!

Are you practicing "unsafe internet"? :thumbsup:

- Avoid gaming sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.

- 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. 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 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.

- 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.

My suggestion...

If your superparanoid then use your sandboxie application to sandbox your web browser. Consider FFox web browser with the NoScript, WOT and AdBlock-Plus AddOn's. ESET and MBAM plus a firewall should suffice. For the return in protection you sacrifice system performance with the rest of those applications.

Just my opinion......
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 06:05 PM

For sandboxie, it automatically installs an shortcut on your desktop called Sandboxed Web Browser when you install it. If you deleted it. You can go to Start>Programs> Sandboxie. Right click Run Web Browser Sandboxed, go to Send to, click Desktop (Create Shortcut) Now it should be on your desktop, you can change it's icon to whatever you want. (IE,FF,Chrome, etc.)
Note: Sandboxie automatically opens your default web browser sandboxed

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 08:10 PM

Thank you for your help! The reason for my increased paranoia was that our family friend recently became a victim of identity theft. It was absolutely terrible. I also decided to reformat my boot drive because my computer would only hang at a black screen after post after rebooting from a malware scan. After intalling all my previous addons on firefox, MBAM did a quick scan and found 84 trojans in the firefox folder! It managed to escape detection from both threatfire and eset. I believe it was a download statusbar addon, which I concluded it to be after there was no indicated download statusbar on my firefox. I'll just try going about with eset, mbam, superanti-spyware, comodo w/ it's HIPS and mvps and spyware blaster for preemptive measures.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 06:27 AM

See the problem is that there simply is no perfect combination.

I will give you an example. There is a new generaton of a TDSS rootkit that patches a system file. It is a fairly common cause of browser redirection. The system file that is patched with malware otherwise appears normal. It's file size and md5 otherwise pass as legit. All routine scans will return as ok! It is not until we use some sophisticated means that we are actual able to discern that the file is infected and disinfect it.

Really the only means of prevention is safe internet practices. Antivirus, antispyware, and firewall applications are absolutely necessary but incomplete in regards to perfect protection.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 12:12 PM

I see what you mean. I'll try my best to hopefully prevent another malware infection to happen again. Thank you for your guidance!

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 01:43 PM

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 03:21 PM

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Using a Standard User Account for your everyday computing will go a long way to keeping you safe from malware attacks.

See HERE.




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