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Do I need anymore protection on my computer?


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#1 mjcolenc

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:04 AM

I have a Toshiba Satellite L645D lap top, 64 bit operating system. I have Windows 7 Home Premium Edition on it and windows defender firewall.

I have Avast free antivirus, ccleaner free, Malawarebytes free, and Superanti-spyware free edition.

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Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:33 AM

1) Windows Defender is a complete waste of resources. I suggest you disable it (by disabling the Windows Defender Service)

2) Ccleaner has nothing to do with protecting your system. I'm not sure why so many folks include it when listing their "protection scheme", but they do.

3) I also suggest SpywareBlaster (free) and you might want to look at WinPatrol

4) You left out the most important part of protecting your system: common sense (do not download anything unless you know what it is, do not click on links in emails unless you are 100% certain you know what they are and trust them, do not visit questionable sites, etc).

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:40 AM

You might also take a look here: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewall.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:41 AM

So if I get rid of Windows defender, what do I use in place of it?

I agree about email links and questionable sites.

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:28 PM

Do you make regular backups?

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:04 PM

So if I get rid of Windows defender, what do I use in place of it?



Your AV plus regular scans with MalwareBytes is fine

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:23 PM

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. Keep in mind that this feature does not guarantee something will not slip through as no product can detect and prevent every type of malware. The database that defines the heuristics is updated as often as there is something to add to it. Also 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.

IP Protection (malicious website blocking) is part of the Protection Module and works after it is enabled. When attempting to go to a potential malicious website, Malwarebytes will block the attempt and provide an alert. IP Protection is also designed to block incoming connections it determines to be malicious. More information about IP Protection can be found in the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware IP Protection FAQs.

Those who purchase the full version receive a license key via email to activate the protection module. The license includes a lifetime of free upgrades and support. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it 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.

Note: A 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO is available as an option when first installing the free version so all users can test the real-time protection component for a period of two weeks. When the limited time period expires those features will be deactivated and locked. Enabling the Protection Module feature again requires registration and purchase of a license key. If you continue to use the free version, there is no requirement to buy a license...you can just use it as a stand-alone scanner.
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

2) Ccleaner has nothing to do with protecting your system. I'm not sure why so many folks include it when listing their "protection scheme", but they do.


I think it's very useful as a part of your regular computer maintenance (cleaning off temp files, defragmenting, etc) which goes a long way into keeping away infections. The better your system runs the more resources available for your antivirus to use to protect you.

I've heard that Comodo Free Firewall works very well with the newest version of Avast on Windows 7 if you have issues with your built in Firewall and need to replace it.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:14 PM


2) Ccleaner has nothing to do with protecting your system. I'm not sure why so many folks include it when listing their "protection scheme", but they do.


I think it's very useful as a part of your regular computer maintenance (cleaning off temp files, defragmenting, etc) which goes a long way into keeping away infections. The better your system runs the more resources available for your antivirus to use to protect you.

I've heard that Comodo Free Firewall works very well with the newest version of Avast on Windows 7 if you have issues with your built in Firewall and need to replace it.


And I disagree. While it's essentially a benign utility, ccleaner does very little that is useful and certainly nothing that impacts performance or security of your system. Also, ccleaner is not a defrag and has NOTHING to do with "keeping away infections". With all due respect, your post is completely erroneous in all of its content.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:37 PM

And I disagree. While it's essentially a benign utility, ccleaner does very little that is useful and certainly nothing that impacts performance or security of your system. Also, ccleaner is not a defrag and has NOTHING to do with "keeping away infections". With all due respect, your post is completely erroneous in all of its content.

I must agree with Allan - :thumbup2:
As you see from my signature, I only use ATF on my XP(Atribunes Temp File cleaner) and TFC on my Win7(Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer) as quick cleaners
Both do not Defrag or prevent or remove infections, but merely remove Temp Files that I am too lazy to remove with M/soft built in Temp File cleaners -

Also using the Registry section of CCleaner can "accidentally" remove some needed programs or files -

Thank You

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With avast! as your Antivirus, I would only use the Windows7 Firewall (which I do use)

Edited by noknojon, 08 September 2012 - 05:41 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:44 PM

*shrug* You don't have to use CCleaner if it's bad for your system, I was just answering the question about why it was part of people's "protection scheme". Third party apps are often used as part of regular computer maintenance but any other app could fill that space. CCleaner is just what the OP mentioned. Sorry if that wasn't clear.


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