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Question on my protection of my computer.


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#1 rherrera17

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:56 PM

I have a question about my anti-virus and other forms of protection, i wanted to know if i have conflicting programs. This is what I have- Malwarebytes anti malware, AVG, Microsoft security essentials, spyware blaster,super anti spyware, spybot - search and destroy, and win patrol. I have free-edition for all of them and i feel like i have a bit much. I still very new with all this anti-virus programs so i hopefully get advice on all of this..

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:31 PM

You do have quite a few tools there!

In general it's ok to have as many anti-malware scanners as you like installed. However, having more than one of them running at once leads to serious problems as they fight each other for exclusive access to critical resources. Bear in mind that by "running" I don't mean necessarily having the scanner window open and running a scan. Most of the tools you listed come with modules which sit in the background running all the time so that they can catch any malware as soon as it touches the computer.

So it's fine to have them all installed so long as you select one and one only to be the one that runs in the background. Most tools have a setting similar to "Turn on/Off Real Time Protection." For the scanners you choose to not have run the background, turn this off. It's also important to turn off your real time protection when you want to use another tool to run a scan.

In practical terms, though, you have more than you really need. At some point adding more armor just makes moving around too hard, if you follow my meaning. Were I you, I'd pick Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and Malwarebytes Antimalware (MBAM) as my primary and secondary defenses. The free version of MBAM has real-time scanning disabled, so you can just let MSE handle that. Then, once a week or so run a full scan with MBAM. The others can be removed or disabled as you see fit.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:08 AM

You're very focused on prevention, but are you also doing something for recovery? For example, do you make regular backups?
Backups not only will help you recover quickly after an infection, but also after other incidents, like a broken harddisk, stolen computer, ...

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:45 PM

ok thx, I felt like i had too much programs in my laptop and wanted to know what programs i should get rid off. I will remove some programs that i really feel like i don't need, like AVG and spybot. About the recovery, I have no clue about I should go about it since i don't have much experience with computer.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 01:24 PM

What version of Windows do you use?

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 02:05 PM

I use window 7 64xbit...

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:59 AM

Then you already have a backup & restore application. Microsoft explains here how to use it: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-your-files

If you want to do a complete backup of your system, the easiest way is to buy an external HD of at least the same size as your system HD.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:05 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:17 AM

Backup hard drives are cheap compared to the frustration of losing all your good stuff if your computer crashes.

I suggest one backup hard drive permanently hooked up to your computer and set for nightly incremental backup.

I also suggest a portable backup hard drive to which you can copy your personal folders once or twice a month and keep it separate from your computer.

Worst case scenario, if lightning or a power surge takes out your computer and the back up hard drive, you'll have your portable hard drive as the SHTF back up.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:51 AM

Oh Okay, i will read the links later today since i have to go to school pretty soon, anyway i see how a back-up is very important and will try to get one soon, since im completely broke atm, and thank you.




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