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#1 Bloemkool

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

Hi,

I use on my computer the following programms;
Anti-Virus: Microsoft Security Essentials
Firewall: Windows Firewall
Other: Malware Bytes Anti Malware (License)

Have someone tips or is this okay?

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

Well I can't comment on you being safe-you need to be vigilant, keep AV software updated, and other software too.

Have you seen this thread? Fantastic advice.....

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic407147.html

Personally I use Sandboxie for web browsing too

Edited by pollyparrot, 31 August 2012 - 02:09 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:20 PM

What is sandboxie? Thanks for the link!

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:24 PM

NP :)

More info on sandboxie:-

http://www.sandboxie.com/
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:27 PM

I don't understand what it does...

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:33 PM

(Quoted from Sandboxie site)



Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:35 PM

I have installed it and will give it a try, thanks!

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:43 PM

Good luck! When I installed, I pinned the sandboxed browser to the taskbar and removed the non sandboxed version-and I cant tell I am using it, unless i point my mouse to the edge of IE9 and it has a yellow border.

The only thing is when you are downloading things, you do have to respond to a prompt to recover to same folder when download is complete-but it comes up automatically so shouldnt be too tedious for you :)
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:28 PM

Bloemkool you may want to keep this entire topic if you have not done so already.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:50 PM

Personally the only thing I would change is to add HostsMan. Other then that you are good to go. :)

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:43 PM

What does Hostsman do that MVPS HOSTS doesn't do, with the additional bloat of another application? Plus we have a topic thats updated here every time that file is. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic123980.html

I ask to educate myself, not to say that what you suggest is not a decent product.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:58 AM

Have someone tips or is this okay?


Do you make backups regularly?

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:51 AM

I actually do not recommend people using AntiViruses. They make you think that you're 100% safe when browsing when you aren't.

Also i recently saw that Java were a bad idea to have installed according to Firefox though.

Im using
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows XP SP3 Firewall
Router Asus N56u + NAT
Zyxel Modem

Browser:
Firefox 15.0
Ad-block plus
Alertstopper

and i didnt experience any virus related myself on approx 2 years by now.

My dad on the other side, whus using F-Secure has been infected by zero rootkit, TDSS rootkit several times;)

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:27 AM

I would not recommend anyone to not use an Anti-virus regardless of what other security protection is installed.

Why should you use Antivirus software?Using unprotected computers on the Internet is a security risk to everyone as they are prone to attack from hackers, Botnets, zombie computers and malware infection. Using anti-virus software will help minimize the risk and help to prevent the computer from being used to pass on infections to other machines. When infected and compromised, malware spreads faster and more extensively, distributed denial-of-service attacks are easier to launch, spammers have more platforms from which to send e-mail and more zombies are created to perpetuate the cycle.

With that said, common sense, safe computing and safe surfing habits is essential to protecting yourself from malware infection. No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice these principles and stay informed. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone could have.
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 10:31 AM

I second quietman7 in this.

and i didnt experience any virus related myself on approx 2 years by now.


But how would you notice, if you don't use AV? A lot of malware is very stealthy nowadays. I doesn't give away its presence on your machine like older viruses used to.

Edited by Didier Stevens, 05 September 2012 - 01:19 PM.

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