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#1 sikntired

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:45 PM

Since experiencing an attack by rogue malware namely < windows active guard > (many, many thanks to this forum for the tutorial on recovery procedures), I am always looking for avenues to improve security. My OS is 7x64 IE9. Currently have MSE as my stand alone and in the tool box I have on demand MBAM, SAS. To ensure that I keep programs current I also have Secunia PSI. I have considered downloading SANDBOXIE, but according to Microsoft not recommended as it's third party and may damage some components.(comments from MS Tech). Realizing that no system is 100% secure are there any further steps or procedures that would add more layers of security. Thanks for any input and recommendations.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

Switch to Firefox or Chrome both of which have better security layers than IE9. http://www.firefox.com/

Switch your DNS servers to Comodo DNS or OpenDNS. They block attack and malicious sites at DNS level. http://www.opendns.com/

Switch from MSE to avast! free, which installs web shield, so all your web traffic gets scanned and any malware is zapped before it hits your hard disk. http://www.avast.com/

Learn more about staying safe online. http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:27 PM

Do you make regular backups?

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:52 PM

Thanks for the advice really appreciate the support. I do back-ups regularly and have created a system image disk which I update.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:58 PM

I do back-ups regularly and have created a system image disk which I update.


Excellent. Now if your backup contains valuable personal data, for example family pictures, also consider doing an "off-site" backup.
This means that you make a second backup (data only) that you store somewhere else than your home (for example your parents' home).
If your home gets struct by a disaster that destroys your machine and the backup, then you still have a safe copy of your data somewhere else.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:21 PM

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:12 AM

Seconding the Firefox recommendation. Make sure you configure the options to auto block pop-ups and warn you when any files or addons try to download. Then go to Mozilla's addons site and get some extensions for Privacy & Security compatible with your browser version.

I personally recommend:

Adblock Plus
NoScript (to block Javascripts)
WOT (Web of Trust) or similar

Always make sure your plugins and browser version are up to date and Happy surfing! :)


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