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Is my securty setup secure enough?


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#1 ArtistInNeed

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:35 PM

I've been having some major virus paranoia over the past 5 months when I got a very bad infection.
Just got a new laptop for my birthday and I want to keep this as safe as possible.

Currently my security setup is...
-Microsoft Security Essentials
-Windows firewall (should I change?)
-Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
-Firefox with
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-Adblock Plus

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:51 PM

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:56 PM

Thanks brother!
How often would you suggest I scan with Malwarebytes?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:58 PM

Once a week should be just fine, if you play safe with your computer.
"Quick scan", which doesn't take long is usually sufficient.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:59 PM

I've been having some major virus paranoia over the past 5 months when I got a very bad infection.
Just got a new laptop for my birthday and I want to keep this as safe


Do you make backups on a regular basis?

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 05:33 PM


I've been having some major virus paranoia over the past 5 months when I got a very bad infection.
Just got a new laptop for my birthday and I want to keep this as safe


Do you make backups on a regular basis?


I don't with this computer, atleast yet. After the infection on the other computer we bought an external hard drive, I then copied our important files over using a linux mint USB drive, formatted the computer re-installed windows XP and put our files back on. This was after intensive scanning and removal of several viruses. The only reason I did the re-format was because the viruses had badly damaged windows XP.

Now with my windows 7 laptop I'll backup my files every once and a while, but I haven't gotten around to it at least yet.

Are you trying to tell me to keep this laptop away from the other computer? The method I used to re-format should be sufficient right? If I copied th files using linux Mint a windows malware wouldn't have been able to run and jump onto the hard drive in the linux environment?

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:16 AM

Are you trying to tell me to keep this laptop away from the other computer?


No, not at all.

I just saw your list and noticed you didn't mention backups. Backups allow you to recover from incidents & disasters (not only malware related).

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 01:26 PM

Are you trying to tell me to keep this laptop away from the other computer?


No, not at all.

I just saw your list and noticed you didn't mention backups. Backups allow you to recover from incidents & disasters (not only malware related).


Oh, I see! That makes sense, sorry for the misunderstanding. I'm glad you chose to help out!

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:47 PM

Oh, I see! That makes sense, sorry for the misunderstanding. I'm glad you chose to help out!


No problem, you're welcome! And remember, if you're going to make backups, make time to try out your restore method at least once. If you can't restore a backup, it's useless.

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 12:29 PM

Almost identical to my own set up although I prefer Chrome to FF, and don't bother with NoScript.

As well as Adblock (with EasyList and EasyPrivacy subscriptions) I use Ghostery - I find it useful extra tool - not as 'strong' as NoScript, but not as much work either.

I run a Malwarebytes scan about once a week.




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