Looks like Quietman beat me to the post....lol....but I'll post what I have anyway.
Ok 1 im disabled so need easy to use software that can protect me
but paranoid about privatcy and protection (which is horrable when you have brain issues DISABILITY)
Hello Greek Enigma and to Bleeping Computer . I understand how brain issues can effect your ability to think and how they can effect decision making when it comes to computer security I would be happy to offer you some advice in regards to the questions you are having.
Remember the most important things in computer security are:
- Never use torrent sites
- Always make sure all your programs, operating systems, anti virus software, drivers, etc are always patched and up to date.
- Be very careful as to what you click on and what attachments you are opening
- Do the best you can to make sure all websites you visit are legitimate
Who ever picks up the topic you posted in our malware removal forum will most likely give you additional information on how to keep your system clean after your computer has been cleaned.
firewall (juts left it alone as heard win7 firewall is ok,plus i like not having to mess with firewalls)
The Windows 7 firewall is sufficient in my opinion. Comodo and Zone Alarm are two other popular free firewalls. I f you choose to install a 3rd party firewall such as Comodo or Zone Alarm be sure to disable your Windows 7 firewall
avast free antivirus
This is a good and reliable free AV
malwarebytes free (so just a demand scanner)
superantispyware free (again just a demand scanner)
Excellent choices. Keep in mind that it is never a good idea to have more then one Anti Virus program installed at one time as that can cause false positives and other conflicts. It is fine having Mawarebytes, and Super Antispyware installed and using them as on demand scanners along side Avast.
ccleaner (i just delete whatever pops up )
Bleeping Computer does not reccomend the use of registry cleaners. An explanation as to why can be found in Animals post here:
These are also ok but again be careful to make sure that anything you add on is legitimate. Often times when downloading software you will be propmpted to download additional programs or add ons that may not be the best things to have on your system.
ABP (addblockplus, again i just install it and leave it be)
This is ok also
ghostly (again i dnt understand it so just install and leave it be)
I am not familiar with "Ghostly". Are you maybe refering to "Norton Ghost". If so it is always good to have a clean backup image on hand.
now my question is, is this enough protection as im guessing theirs no active protection here? just on demand?
Avast is real time active protection as long as you configure it in it's programs settings to do so. Malwarebytes and Super AntiSpyware, the free versions, are on demand scanners. Both of those programs also offer paid versions with realtime protection.
You have a good setup here to protect yourself on line. Just remember to follow the suggestions I outlined above and you are pretty well protected. There is no way to make sure you are 100% safe but you are off to a good start.
also is it better to just buy a complete security suite (like bit defender etc) ???
I think you can get just as good protection with a suite of free tools such as you have as you can with a paid suite. Some people prefer to have everything in one place, for ease of use, but if you don't mind keeping on top of several programs instead of the one the free tools offer good protection.
i Remember reading a while back that everyone should bin windows and install Linux mint (whatever that is?)
i was told if your non techy etc go for linux as it never ever gets virus or malware
Linux is another operating systems like Windows is an Operating System. The "Mint" part refers to the distribution. Just like there is a Windows "XP" "Vista" "7", and "8" there are different "Versions" of linux refered to a "Distributions" some of the most popular being Ubuntu and Mint.
Linux is, in general, is a much more technical OS then Windows although many distro's are now attempting to bridge that gap by offering more user friendly interfaces in addition to the more command line driven capabilities.
For someone at your skill level, if you are interested in learning Linux, I would NOT ditch Windows, install Mint, and use that as your main OS as you will be lost from the get go. Instead you might consider installing a second partition on your Windows OS and loading Mint onto that partition. That way you can boot into either OS. You can still use Windows for your regular work and load Mint when you want to learn about Linux. Information on how to create an additional partition so you can dual boot with Mint can be found here. This is a lengthy process but very doable.
Hope this information was of some help.
Edited by Johnny Computer, 16 May 2014 - 07:58 PM.