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I'm afraid to take it out of the box!


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#1 warsong

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 01:53 PM

The good news - my b-day present is arriving today! Whoo hoo!
The better news - it's a new laptop! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
 
It's MSI G series - they call it a gaming computer and while I don't have time to game like I used to, but I use Cinema 4d, and Adobe Creative Cloud stuff. So I'll finally have a laptop that can actually run these programs without crashing all the time.
 
The bad news - our home network got hit with a hack and everything is infected! (See 
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/529555/got-hit-with-a-hack-four-computers-to-fix/)
 
UPS will deliver the new laptop later today but because I haven't been able to get the network cleaned up, I'm afraid to take it out of the box!
 
I'm just going to have to sit there and stare at it.  :axe:
 
Any advice to inoculate the new arrival so it doesn't get zapped?
 
Thanks!

Edit: Moved topic from Questions and advice for Buying a New Computer to the more appropriate forum.~ Animal

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:10 PM

Definitely install a good antivirus, malware scanner, and a good firewall. Maybe download the apps somewhere else? Take the laptop to a public wifi spot and set it up there.



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

You may want to read:
Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
Answers to common security questions - Best Practices for Safe Computing
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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:03 PM

Thanks Netghost! But a public wifi spot is scary too! I live in a small town so there's not much in the way of computer businesses. We have a Radioshack - I was thinking about taking it up there, explaining the situation, and asking if I could use their network long enough to get it secured.

 

Very cool, Quietman! Thank you so much! I'm jumping right into those.



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:10 PM

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 08:41 AM

If you transfer file from computer 1 to computer 2 and so on,  you have shared folder your new laptop has high risk getting infected.

If you have firewall and anti-virus the risk might be low, but I'm not so sure of that.
If all computers in the network are sharing files you should isolate and use it individually.. 

as well as keeping the anti-virus up to date, make sure all computers are up to date on the patches.

and if necessary, make sure each comptuer has its own login and password it's a pain in the butt, but it helps. :bananas:

that way any virus that try to infect the other computers, will have hard time.

 

I hope this one helps.


Edited by Lyon Soldado, 16 April 2014 - 08:43 AM.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:04 AM

Why you would want to share files in your network or need to?
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Posted 16 April 2014 - 01:29 PM

Hello warsong:
 
Along with the always excellent advice above, please do consider:
  • Using only Limited User Accounts (LUA) - i.e. don't frequently log on as the Administrator unless absolutely needed.
  • Scheduling full backups supplemented with daily incremental backups.
  • If not already being done, generating daily System Restore Points (SRP). Then, periodically check for their existence.
  • Using HIPS software.
  • Using/elevating a software restriction policy.
  • Hardening/using a quality alternate browser and restricting use of IE11.
  • Populating and frequently updating your system's HOSTS file. e.g. HostsMan 4.3.100
  • Installing and keeping Spyware Blaster 5.0 up-to-date.
  • Keeping system and application software up-to-date. Remember Flash Player & Java too.
  • Avoiding Peer-to-Peer software.
Do all these things and you will forget who we are, and we will forget who you are - in a good way. :)

HTH

Edited by 1PW, 16 April 2014 - 07:13 PM.

All viruses are malware but not all malware are viruses and if the malware doesn't self replicate it just isn't a virus.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 02:38 PM

Curious if there's an app that will auto generate daily Restore Points, for any Windows OS...



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

Curious if there's an app that will auto generate daily Restore Points, for any Windows OS...

System Restore Point Creator - alternate link <- limited support for XP
Quick Restore Maker
Single Click Restore Point (SCRP)

-- Note: SCRP redirects to Download.com, powered by CNET. Use the Direct Download Link for SCRP.exe which is 377 KB, not the Download Now Installer Enabled link button which downloads a packaged file 908 KB

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 08:26 AM

Thanks quietman7! The SCRP tool is going into my basket of apps!



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

Just be careful...Download.com is powered by CNET. Use the Direct Download Link for SCRP.exe which is 377 KB, not the Download Now Installer Enabled link button which downloads a packaged file 908 KB.
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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:43 AM

I did :thumbup2:



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:47 AM

I prefer System Restore Point Creator because it also provides a list of recent restore point dates available and indicates if the restore point was made by an application install or System Checkpoint.
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