Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


Are my security programs safe enough?

  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 PersonaUser314


  • Members
  • 73 posts
  • Local time:03:20 PM

Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:43 AM

I've noticed I've been getting hit with a lot of viruses lately, and I'm a little worried that either there's a hole in my security or I'm doing something wrong. I'm hoping someone can advise me.

The last time I got hit with a virus, after the problem was resolved, I was given a list of tips to help keep my computer safe when online, which I've been following. My system was running Microsoft Security Essentials (with daily scans), anything that was downloaded or sent to me was scanned with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and I started using Web Of Trust so I knew which sites were trustworthy for my browsing.

Despite this, I've been hit with yet another virus today (which I'm kindly being helped out with) and I'm wondering, despite what I have set up already, am I missing something vital to protecting my computer? Or am I just THAT unlucky?

Since the last virus, I don't think I've done anything that can be classed as unsafe. I've stopped using torrents, I keep to websites I know, trust and have been able to use safely and I'm keeping both my virus software and my installations like Java and Flash up-to-date.

Can anyone offer me advice as to what I can do to better my protection?

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 coxchris


  • Members
  • 1,151 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Atwater
  • Local time:08:20 AM

Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:55 AM


You are doing everything I would do (WOT) I have Adblock Plus and Clean and Clean(chrome) and CCleaner

Do you have your Windows firewall active.

Have you fully patch and keep it up to date via Windows Update

I can offer you a program called Spy blaster it not a scanner like Malwaarabyles but it helps to prevent infection http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html It protects your HOST file from being corrupt You need to Manuel update it periodically this is free. to have it automatically update you need to paid for it now I don't paid for it..

Another one is Personal Software Inspector or Secunia PSI 3.0 now it will find all of your software and compare and keep them all up to date http://secunia.com/products/consumer/psi/

Hopes that helps if you need more help please post back

Edited by coxchris, 01 July 2012 - 11:56 AM.

AA in Computer Networking Technology

BS in Information Technology 

Comptia A+, Project+, L+

Renewable:  N+,S+

CIW Web Design Specialist, JavaScript Specialist,  Database Design Specialist 


#3 DarkSnake-Kobra


  • Members
  • 633 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Iowa, USA
  • Local time:10:20 AM

Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:46 PM


Another thing to consider if you haven't is an alternative browser to Internet Explorer like Firefox or Google Chrome. Both are great and have many extension you can install like NoScript for Firefox and NotScripts and ScriptNo for Google Chrome. :) You may even wish to install HostMan as a host manager to block ad/malware sites and purchasing Malwarebytes' Pro lifetime license which will compliment your security. :)

#4 ElFasso


  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Belgium
  • Local time:04:20 PM

Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:35 AM

Another tip is to update Java and Windows very regularly. I personally use Secunia and UpdateChecker (http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/) to keep programs up to date to see of all programs are up to date. I check it every month.

Also what kind of websites you visit (surfbehavoir) is an important notice.

#5 quietman7


    Bleepin' Janitor

  • Global Moderator
  • 51,927 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia, USA
  • Local time:10:20 AM

Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:18 AM

Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention
Windows Insider MVP 2017-2018
Microsoft MVP Reconnect 2016
Microsoft MVP Consumer Security 2007-2015 kO7xOZh.gif
Member of UNITE, Unified Network of Instructors and Trusted Eliminators

If I have been helpful & you'd like to consider a donation, click 38WxTfO.gif

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users