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#1 fishez

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:33 PM

Hello all.....I am new to the site, but not new to the fruitful world of viruses, male-ware, spyware.... you name it. Anyway, in an effort to keep my pc clean, at least for now as I have just gone through the worst infection I could have imagined, but I have decided to use a VPN connection to try to keep from being hacked after using drive scrubber and re installing windows for the 10th or so time in the past few months.  It appeared as if I was definitely being hacked by someone or maybe even several people however I doubt it was from the connection I originally had. I am pretty sure that it was due to recklessness on my part, downloading torrent files and just being unhealthy overall which led to my getting infected. Okay now to my question......and I do understand that the two are completely different types of security, just I am stuck as to which on will provide me with more security overall.
 
I have a VPN connection now which has male-ware protection built in, and I had bought Bitdefender Total security and wanted to use this instead of Windows Defender on my Win 8.1 pc. The problem is that when I go to install Bitdefender to my machine, it automatically tries to uninstall my VPN which is something I am not sure that I am comfortable with doing. I contacted support, and they told me to try to uninstall the VPN and re install after Bitdefender is already installed on my computer, but the question would be... if you had to pick between one or the other, which would you choose? I am trying to get pro's and con's here as they both have them, but I wonder if I am protected enough by having the VPN connection already? Any input is good input...Thanks.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:06 PM

 

downloading torrent files

There is NO safe way to download torrents. You will be infected or hacked easy as that. Also using torrents to download ANY non opensource software is Piracy. ( paid for software eg Windows os,Nero, etc,  Music, Movies TV shows.) ANY file you get from a torrent is also suspect.

 

Can you say botnet? Or child porn hosting without the PC owner knowing

 

 

 

I doubt it was from the connection I originally had

Wanna Bet on that? 100 to 1 says you are wrong. Easy money for me here.

 

 

 If you have a static ip address ( it never changes) the hackers will have it and no matter what you do( other than change the IP), they will know you are there and try breaking into your machine. This includes Linux and MAC.

 

 

 

Most Malware removal sites will demand you remove any torrent clients before they help you clean up.

 

Let this be a lesson to anybody thinking Torrents are safe.

 

My 2 cents worth.

 

Change IP address.

Re set your router to factory settings update router software(using clean pc) re set admin login to router.

Format Pc yet again. Install windows OS and BitDefender. And Update.

Do not use Infact delete any torrent files.

Never again do Torrents. Even browsing some torrent sites may be risky.( Malware Click Jacking Etc)


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:24 AM

Using any torrent, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program (i.e. Limewire, eMule, Kontiki, BitTorrent, BitComet, uTorrent, BitLord, BearShare, Azureus/Vuze, Skype, etc) or visiting such sites is a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. In some cases the computer could be turned into a malware honeypot or zombie.

File sharing networks are thoroughly infected and infested with malware according to Senior Virus Analyst, Norman ASA and many of them are unsafe to visit or use. The reason for this is that file sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. This practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft, system infection and remote access exploit by attackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge.

...It is almost never safe to download executable programs from peer-to-peer file sharing networks because they are a major source of malware infections.

Software Cracks: A Great Way to Infect Your PC

Even if you change the risky default settings to a safer configuration, downloading files from an anonymous source increases your exposure to infection because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install malware. Many malicious worms and Trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.

Further some file sharing programs are bundled with other free software you may download (sometimes without the knowledge or consent of the user) and can be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware, and browser hijackers as well as malware.

Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The best way to eliminate these risks is to avoid using P2P applications and torrent web sites.Using P2P programs or browsing torrent sites is almost a guaranteed way to get yourself infected!!

Since the nature of P2P programs is counter productive to restoring a computer to a healthy state, most malware removal sites will insist such software be removed prior to offering assistance.
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:15 AM

 

 

downloading torrent files

There is NO safe way to download torrents. You will be infected or hacked easy as that. Also using torrents to download ANY non opensource software is Piracy. ( paid for software eg Windows os,Nero, etc,  Music, Movies TV shows.) ANY file you get from a torrent is also suspect.

 

Can you say botnet? Or child porn hosting without the PC owner knowing

 

 

 

I doubt it was from the connection I originally had

Wanna Bet on that? 100 to 1 says you are wrong. Easy money for me here.

 

 

 If you have a static ip address ( it never changes) the hackers will have it and no matter what you do( other than change the IP), they will know you are there and try breaking into your machine. This includes Linux and MAC.

 

 

 

Most Malware removal sites will demand you remove any torrent clients before they help you clean up.

 

Let this be a lesson to anybody thinking Torrents are safe.

 

My 2 cents worth.

 

Change IP address.

Re set your router to factory settings update router software(using clean pc) re set admin login to router.

Format Pc yet again. Install windows OS and BitDefender. And Update.

Do not use Infact delete any torrent files.

Never again do Torrents. Even browsing some torrent sites may be risky.( Malware Click Jacking Etc)

 

Let, me explain again... I must have left something out....I have not since infecting my machine in the past by using torrent do so and never plan to do so again as I am positive that this is where the infection came from. I barely download anything except from my trysted sources. All i was saying is that I believed the torrents screwed me up the last time. I have already rid my machine of pests, and am asking which product in your opinion is a better or safer bet on trying to block any incoming threats as they are inevitable. Which is better VPN service or Bitdefender? Thank you



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:24 AM

 

 

downloading torrent files

There is NO safe way to download torrents. You will be infected or hacked easy as that. Also using torrents to download ANY non opensource software is Piracy. ( paid for software eg Windows os,Nero, etc,  Music, Movies TV shows.) ANY file you get from a torrent is also suspect.

 

Can you say botnet? Or child porn hosting without the PC owner knowing

 

 

 

I doubt it was from the connection I originally had

Wanna Bet on that? 100 to 1 says you are wrong. Easy money for me here.

 

 

 If you have a static ip address ( it never changes) the hackers will have it and no matter what you do( other than change the IP), they will know you are there and try breaking into your machine. This includes Linux and MAC.

 

 

 

Most Malware removal sites will demand you remove any torrent clients before they help you clean up.

 

Let this be a lesson to anybody thinking Torrents are safe.

 

My 2 cents worth.

 

Change IP address.

Re set your router to factory settings update router software(using clean pc) re set admin login to router.

Format Pc yet again. Install windows OS and BitDefender. And Update.

Do not use Infact delete any torrent files.

Never again do Torrents. Even browsing some torrent sites may be risky.( Malware Click Jacking Etc)

 

I do appreciate your input, just sick of this crap it is a violation of my privacy. I have written my hd, not formatted (which does nothing) with all zeros to overwrite the male-ware and it was a success. Plus encrypted my hd. I am much more cautious when i browse and no torrent files are even on my machine. I have no prior files on here it is as clean as a babies behind.



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 03:37 AM

I have used anchor free hotspot shield ,it works fairly well .the only things that i didnt like about it is CONDUIT  leeches on to the downloads if your careful. At first i thought hotspot was made by conduit ,so i uninstalled it after trial was over.the other thing i didnt like was the huge amount of resources that it uses ,i think it had 4 services running and always right at the top of the list ,

 

I am running bitdefender as of now ,ive tried all the others and each one had a downfall  that i didnt really care for , I tried bitdefender a while back ,and it also took up a huge amount of resources , i never got much of a chance to test it , as i uninstalled it 

as well ,my programs and games ran noticeably slower. But it looks like the company has balanced the program a lot better,and now total security suite is 30$ for a limited time .quite a few developers use bitdefender as their personal AV software.So far its worked

fairly well and hasnt conflicted with any programs .,I just might buy it. 

 

But it sounds like your having the same problems as i am , Hotspot has known issues for installation problems, so if everythings good dont mess with it. Bitdefender wont detect a hacker in the registry but it  does  a fair job on guarding your ports.

 

i think you are better off with software that does specific tasks for what you need protected. Not one of these AV programs detected  someone messing with  my registry. and the best guard for your fire wall is Knowledge , grab a port scanner that lists  all the connections and block them all with a new inbound and outbound rule .windows firewall is the key to your house. lock it down .  start with all media player and remote  services port 1900 is the target. and all the ports from 10,000 and up are  a sure 

bet to lock down. now i watch them trying to get in and laugh,they are very persistant i have to admit.lol



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:26 AM


Many programs, toolbars and add-ons/plug-ins come bundled with other free third-party software as a common practice by legitimate vendors (and some folks actually like the bundled offers).

When a vendor includes an add-on such as a toolbar, they do so as a way to "pay per install" and recoup associated business costs. This practice is now the most common revenue generator for free downloads and is typically the reason for the pre-checked option. If pre-checked by default, that means you need to uncheck that option during installation if you don't want it. If you install too fast, you most likely will miss the "opt out" option and end up with software you do not want or need. The best practice is to take your time during installation of any program and read everything on the screen before clicking that "Install" or "Next" button. Even then, in some cases, this opting out does not always seem to work as intended.

Calendar Of Updates maintains a comprehensive list of software bundled with unwanted add-ons called the:
Installers Hall of Shame.

More information and Best practices for downloading software can be found in this topic:
About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) which change your browser settings

I have never condoned bundling of software but this is what we have to live with now as more and more legitimate vendors are doing this to recoup business expenses. Folks need to take some personal responsibility and educate themselves about this practice.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 01:03 AM

Choosing between Bitdefender Total Security and Anchorfree?

 

Anchorfree is just a VPN service. They block only known malicious or phishing sites. But that's all the protection they provide. Anchorfree is not an antivirus product, it will not protect you from malware or other pests. It should not be used as a substitute for an antivirus product.

 

Bitdefender Total Security gives you all around protection from all sorts of malware, attack sites and more. It is one of the best security products available today.

 

I suggest that you remove Anchorfree VPN, install Bitdefender product, update it, scan all the hard disk for viruses and then if you want install Anchorfree again. If Achorfree VPN does not work, you can use any other VPN. There are tons of them.



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 06:58 AM

I agree with Romeo29.

However, if removing Anchorfree is not something you want to do, I suggest contacting Bitdefender Support and ask them about this issue.
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