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Some Free Security Programs & Reviews


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#1 SpyCatcher*

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 05:52 PM

hi,

 

Some free security programs and reviews that can be helpful along the digital highway. Please if you need any related advice ask in the appropriate section in this forum. You can also find related information on the publisher web site, Wikipedia or goggle them.  

 

Thank you,

 

Thomas

 

 

Avast since 1988

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/avast_free_edition.html

 

My favorite AV for years; specially with its latest interface and scan options to name few of its many great features. Before installing, please don’t forget to uncheck the installation of Google Chrome if not interested. This said an AV is a personal choice; please read this first:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/?p=2316629

 

Spywareblaster

http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/use-spywareblaster-to-protect-your-computer/

 

Prevents the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

 

Sandboxie

http://www.sandboxie.com/

 

Runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

 

Hosts file

http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/what_is_hosts.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/hosts-files-explained/

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

https://www.brightfort.com/support/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=64

 

Firewalls

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/understanding-and-using-firewalls/

 

A firewall is a hardware device or software application that sits between your computer and the Internet and blocks all Internet traffic from reaching your computer that you have not specifically requested.

 

When you leave your house, you lock your doors to prevent robbery, why not use a firewall to put a lock on your computer. Statistically most hacks could have been avoided if people monitored their logs as most hackers will probe a computer before they hack it.

 

WinPatrol                                                                    

http://www.winpatrol.com/

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-security/articles/111747.aspx

 

Keeps a very good eye on your Windows. Very recommended!

 

Please back up your registry (using ERUNT utility below) and make new restore point first if you choose to make any changes in your system.

 

mailwasher                                                                                               

http://www.mailwasher.net/

 

A 3-steps-application that detects unwanted emails before infecting your system.

 

Email & Web Scams

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/

 

TrueCrypt                                                                            

http://www.truecrypt.org/

 

Encrypts files, folders, partitions or even entire physical drives.

 

What is encryption?

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/encryption

 

Encryption is the conversion of data into a form that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people.

 

Firefox Security & Privacy Add-Ons

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/privacy-security/            

 

Tor Browser Bundle

https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en                                                                 

 

Prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit; it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.

 

File.net

http://www.file.net/process/index.html

 

A good source for detailed Windows files information.

 

Info: It has also some utilities which personally I wouldn’t recommend using.

 

Threat Expert

www.threatexpert.com/

 

An advanced automated system that reports on viruses, worms, trojans, adware, spyware, and other security-related risks. Its also handy when checking on suspicious system files.

 

SystemLookup

http://www.systemlookup.com/lists.php

 

Hosts a collection of lists that provide information on the components of legitimate and potentially unwanted programs.

 

What is a CLSID?

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/CLSID.html

 

What is a BHO?

http://netsecurity.about.com/od/frequentlyaskedquestions/f/faq_bho.htm

 

Windows Startup Database

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/33012/how-to-use-the-startup-database/

                                                                                           

Security Programs                                                                                                                            

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/windows/security/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/405/antivirus-antimalware-and-antispyware-resources/

 

Kaspersky Removal Tool

http://www.kaspersky.com/free-virus-removal-tool

 

ESET Online Scanner

http://www.eset.nl/int/home/products/online-scanner/

 

Kaspersky Security Scan

http://www.kaspersky.com/security-scan 

Info: After scanning my system I was able to shutdown my computer only after stopping its processes in Task Manager and its service.

 

NTREGOPT

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/ntregopt/

 

Defragments, rebuilds and optimizes Windows Registry.

 

ERUNT

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/erunt/

 

Surpasses Windows Registry Editor in backing up and restoring the Windows registry.

 

Sysinternals Suite

 

Please back up your registry (using ERUNT) and make new restore point first if you choose to make any changes to your system.

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb842062

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb795534

 

Autoruns

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902

 

The most comprehensive and knowledgeable Windows utility of auto-starting programs, files, processes, services, shell extensions, toolbars, BHO’s, Winlogon notifications and corresponding registry keys.

 

Process Monitor

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645

 

Shows real-time file system, registry and process/ thread activity in Windows.

 

Process Explorer

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

 

Unique in tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provides insight into how Windows and applications work.

 

What is DLL?

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_.dll_file

 

What is a handle in computing?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handle_%28computing%29

 

What is a handle leak?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handle_leak

 

AccessEnum

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897332

 

Shows you who has what access to directories, files and registry keys on your Windows. Use it to find holes in your permissions.

 

Autoruns & Msconfig Video

http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Defrag-Tools/Defrag-Tools-5-Autoruns

 

Malware Hunting with Sysinternals Tools Video

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/ATC-B308

 

Troubleshooting Windows Startup Process                                                                                  

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457123.aspx                                         

 

ADS Spy       

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/ads-spy/                                            

 

Searches for and removes infected Alternate Data Streams (ADS) from Windows NTFS file systems. Use with caution.

 

What is ADS?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-alternate-data-streams/

 

Network Security Scan

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/network-security-scan.aspx       

 

F-Secure      

http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal-tools                                         

 

Select Real Security        

http://www.selectrealsecurity.com/

 

Security101

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/

http://netsecurity.about.com/od/security101/

http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/compsecurity101/

 

Social engineering

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_%28security%29

 

Exploit Kits

http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2013/02/tools-of-the-trade-exploit-kits/

 

How to connect your computer safely to the Internet?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/safely-connecting-a-computer-to-the-internet/

 

How to make a BIOS password?

http://www.lockdown.co.uk/?pg=biospsw

 

Very Important: Please keep your passwords in a safe place; without them you will not be able to access your computer. Also be sure to type the passwords correctly; applying incorrect passwords 3 consecutive times will lock your Hard Disk.

 

Ninite Free Software

http://ninite.com/

 

EULAlyzer

http://www.brightfort.com/eulalyzer.html#Browsers

 

Identifies important parts of license agreements and privacy policies.

 

Why are registry cleaners can damage your system?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/?p=2853053

 


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:56 AM

quietman7, thank you so much, as always, for your great information.


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 07:36 AM

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