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#1 Opportun33

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:12 AM

Hi L & G,
New on this site and very interested on what I can learn on.
I try to protect my PC against all potential security trouble with the following combination of free tools:

- Avast!
- ZoneAlarm

Scan weekly (fast):
- Avast!
- Malwarebyte Anti-Malware
- Spybot S&D
- CCleaner (no purpose for security)

Scan monthly (meticulous)
- Avast!
- Malwarebyte Anti-Malware

Could anyone tell me if, considering the capabilities of the free tools, I am
- correctly protected,
- partially protected
- inefficient,
- paranoid,
- hilarious.

If one of the last four options would be good, I'd be happy if one of you could tell me what are the good practices to implement.

Rgds,
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#2 frankp316

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 06:21 PM

I would get rid of Spybot and replace it with Super Anti Spyware. Spybot was OK several years ago. SAS is better today. What are you using CCleaner for?

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:50 PM

Welcome to BC.

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use and your system. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software and How to choose a firewall.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Just because one anti-virus detected threats that another missed, does not mean its more effective. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Security vendors use different scanning engines and different detection methods such as heuristic analysis or behavioral analysis which can account for discrepancies in scanning outcomes. Depending on how often the anti-virus database is updated can also account for differences in threat detections.

Further, each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense, safe computing and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.


I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Pro) Protection Module in the full version which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology runs at startup where it monitors every process and helps stop malicious processes before they can infect your computer. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. Enabling the Protection Module feature requires registration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as the program utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs.

If any conflicts between Malwarebytes' and another security program are reported, suggested solutions are usually provided in the Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, FAQs thread. I know and have worked with some members of the research team so I can attest that they make every effort to resolve issues as quickly as possible.
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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:44 PM

got to agree superantispyware is excellent

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:00 PM

+1

Avast, MalwareBytes and SuperAntispyware are a good combination.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 12:28 AM

Comodo CIS v5.4 and SpywareBlaster as real time protection. SAS & MBAM as on demand scanners used on a rotation basis. I use Firefox v4 with the NoScript and Ad-Block Plus addons and practise safe surfing. I use CCleaner but mainly for cleaning out temp files etc although the keep your allowed cookies feature is handy as is the keeping a check on your start up programs option. Never had a virus or other serious baddie for over 6yrs and my weekly SAS scan usually comes up clean or at most a couple of tracking cookies.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:30 AM

I've tried most security freeware and I've found the following combination to be the best by some margin:

1. Avira Antivir Personal - the highest detection rates of any free antivirus and light on resources

2. Comodo Internet Security - in my view the best firewall by a distance, free or paid. Don't install the antivirus part of it (Avira is better), just the firewall and Defense+.

3. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and, for a second opinion, SuperAntiSpyware.

4. Secunia PSI - identifies insecure programs requiring updates.

5. OpenDNS, for safer and faster browsing. There are no conflict issues with other security programs. The registration process is a very slight hassle but I think it's worth it.


I would ditch Avast. Yes, it's feature-packed but it's become rather bloated and its detection rates are nothing special.

Edited by n01paranoid, 20 May 2011 - 08:51 AM.


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Posted 20 May 2011 - 09:29 AM

IVe tried a fair few over the years. Used to swear by zonealarm internet security suite (paid) until it let a rogue programme through - went straight through like it wasn't even there - which completely messed us up. Managed to clear it out but it kept coming back every other day, for weeks which didn't do my faith in the product much good. I ditched zonealarm sharpish and went to avira and comodo which overall i was happy with.

I don't think there's anything that's 100% failsafe though. I got another infecton back in april which the good folks here cleAned out for me, so now I'm on avg free and zonealarm free firewall (which i'm about to ditch for commodo again as it hasn't got an os firewall.)

Malwarebytes and superantspyware - would agree 100% with the comments already made - they've been really good. I also was impressed with secunia and eset when elise had me use them as part of my disinfection, so i've added that into my semi-regular security scans now.

What's everyone's view of avg? I've been reading some mixed reviews on here and now being slightly paranoid am wondering whether i should ditch it?
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:03 PM

I have been disappointed with AVG ever since they made a decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information.

NOTE: With the release of AVG 2011, there have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Unlike previous versions, AVG 2011 cannot be effectively disabled to prevent it from interfering with other security tools...after restarting the computer, AVG re-enables all protections. Read these related discussions:There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions.

There have also been reported problems with computers after using new features like PC Analyzer and PC Tuneup which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings.

I do not recommend the routine use of registry cleaners/optimizers as they are extremely powerful applications that can damage the Windows registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from booting properly. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

Even MajorGeeks, a popular download hosting site, had issued a Statement on AVG Free 2011 and removed its Editor's Pick listing at that time.

For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative.
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:38 AM

Thank you all for your reactivity and your instructive advices that I will follow.
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:58 AM

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