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How do I set up win 7 for best security?


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#1 ados

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:29 AM

Hi,

I am new to Windows 7, I have home premium 64bit. I would just like to know if there are any simple tips (or not so simple) that I should use to make the system more secure than it is by default. Currently I just use a limited account and sanboxie, sometimes with firefox and no script. I keep away from obvious danger zones but I still like to keep secure.

Thanks for any help at all.

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#2 Wildabeast

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:35 AM

Hi ados, welcome to BC.
I also use Win7 64 bit. I installed comodo firewall, the free edition, COMODO
and I use Microsoft security essentials, HERE
I'm usually pretty careful about where I go and what I do so this has been enough for me. I'm sure others will have other ideas also. :blink:
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#3 Allan

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:38 AM

No different from any other computer:

1) Make sure you have a good AV installed, always resident, and always updated
2) Scan once in a while with MalwareBytes
3) Install SpywareBlaster and update it weekly (it does NOT run resident)
4) Do not open email attachments unless you are certain you know what they are
5) Do not download questionable items from the web
6) I use Windows Firewall in conjunction with my router's NAT

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:43 AM

There isn't a all in one program which will protect you from all types of infections. As Wildabeast has already suggested, you need a good firewall and a good anti virus. I too am running Comodo for my firewall, but I prefer the free version of Avast. Avast currently is enjoying a very good reputation, while MSE is still comparatively new in my opinion.

The firewall and anti virus provide most of the protection you need, but there are still malware and spyware to take into consideration which can slip by. For these I would suggest Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware. These are not active programs, therefore you will need to update the definitions and then run your scans, how often you do this will depend on how much time you spend going to different sites.

The programs that I've recommended are currently suggested by many of our active members, but there are other options. There is a sub forum under All Other Applications titled Freeware replacements for Commercial Applications which lists those that have been vetted by our staff.

Edit: It should be noted that some of these programs may not be compatible with Window 7 or 64-bit operating systems, you will need to check on their compatibility before using these.

Edited by dc3, 13 February 2011 - 08:46 AM.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:13 AM

One other suggestion.

Upgrade to IE8. That alone adds several security patches\fix`s.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:20 AM

One other suggestion.

Upgrade to IE8. That alone adds several security patches\fix`s.

He's using Windows 7 :)

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:24 AM

He's using Windows 7 :)


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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:36 PM

spwareblaster is a must have program ,in my opinion ,been using it for years now .


IE9 RC is available for download,new feature tracking protection [block 3rd party tracking links for sites you use like this one ] explained in this video . i ran the beta for awhile on old laptop ,installed ie9 RC last night my main laptop

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/Gg604899

Edited by caperjac, 13 February 2011 - 12:39 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:40 PM

Thanks Caperjac. Now that I have my tri-focals on and able to read the posts properly, :hysterical: I appreciate the heads-up on the RC release. Was not aware it was out of beta.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 02:55 AM

Thanks to everyone for the advice.




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