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I want some sugestion to maximize my current security set up.


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#1 titan1

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:06 AM

Hello friends.I am very much interested about pc security.And want to learn A-Z of the do's and don't and how to's of pc security.I have a laptop at my home,and I have armed it all the tools I know about.I am just 18 years old.And kind of IT guy for my family..So here is my computer specification-
windows 7 ultimate as OS
500GB HDD
2GB DDR3 RAM
my security set up are-
avast free antivirus 2014
MBAM free
sandboxie free
windows firewall
UAC set to recommended level.
I always browse net in the sandboxed browser.and only access the sites marked green by WOT.I never download cracks,pirated software,keygen and never go to porn or warez sites.And try to keep all browser and adobe reader up to date.I use google chrome as default.regularly update windows.I also removed flash player and java as I don't need them.I also daily update avast and weekly update MBAM and run monthly full scan and threat scan(for MBAM only).So here is the safety measures I follow.do I need to follow something more?Please rate my security set up,and suggest how to enhance it so that get the best out of it.


Edited by hamluis, 07 July 2014 - 01:16 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Gen Security - Hamluis.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 11:28 AM

So far so good. Check your firewall settings to make sure any programs/services you don't use aren't allowed through. And make sure your Windows updates are configured to update any Microsoft products as well.

 

I would not, however, run two antivirus programs at the same time. They can impede one another, and the end result is like not having AV protection at all. Pick one, and delete the other. If you're that security conscious, you can always temporarily install another, disable the first, update the signature files and do a full scan with the second, then uninstall it and re-enable the first one. http://www.security-faqs.com/why-shouldnt-i-install-more-than-one-antivirus-program-at-a-time.html

 

Also check your browser add-ons and remove any that look iffy or that you don't use.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:10 PM

Hello titan1:
 
Please give serious consideration to upgrading your free MBAM to MBAM Premium.

The additional features that distinguish the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PREMIUM and 14-day TRIAL versions from the FREE version are:
 
  • Malicious Website Blocking. Prevents access to and from known malicious webpages.
  • Real-time Protection. Detects malware automatically in real-time, before it can infect.
  • Hyper Scan Mode. Scans faster by only looking for active threats.
  • Scan/Database Update Scheduler.
    • Scheduled incremental database updates. For those users with slow or dial-up Internet access, the incremental database updates are far smaller and faster.
    • Scheduled Threat, Hyper, Custom, and Startup system scans.
  • Malwarebytes Chameleon System Driver. Prevents malware from terminating Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or modifying its processes.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/free/
  • I did not see where you were running two on-access Anti-Virus scanners. But that would not be advised.
  • Does a good, updated, well parameterized NAT router separate your computer from direct Internet access?
  • Did you neglect to mention your on-going external backup application and frequency?
  • Do you always run from a Limited User Account (LUA)?
  • Is a scheduled System Restore Point (SRP) generated once per day?
  • Frequently users still seek the comfort that BrightFort's SpywareBlaster 5.0 affords their systems.
  • SUPERAntiSpyware (SAS) Free remains a good cookie deletion tool as well as a second opinion/on-demand scanner.
HTH :)

Edited by 1PW, 07 July 2014 - 04:00 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 07 July 2014 - 08:02 PM

If you have not done so already, you may want to read:
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:24 PM

Actually I have hrard scary stories of how to antiviruses conflict and cause BSOD.But I have read good reviews for MBAM.One of my friend told me that using sandboxie gives almost 97% protection.And I have used spywareblaster before..But never saw it to block anything.Does the spywareblaster really work??And I am sorry I negelected mentioning the point that I do weekly back ups.But don't create any SRP regularly.It is only created automatically when installing/uninstalling a program.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:44 PM

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.

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SpywareBlaster is a program that restricts the actions of potentially dangerous sites by adding a list of sites and domains associated with known spyware, advertisers and marketers to the browser's "Restricted Sites Zone". SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based malware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software and blocks tracking cookies. SpywareBlaster also includes the ability to keep encrypted backup copies of the Hosts file so if its altered by malware infection, you can easily restore a good backup copy.

Unlike many other security tools, SpywareBlaster is not intrusive as it does not run in the background...it focuses on prevention and passive protection without utilizing unnecessary running processes or consuming system (CPU, memory) resources. The program only requires installation and then enabling of all protection. After that you only have to check periodically for database updates using the built-in "Check for Updates" feature and then enable all protection again. Since SpywareBlaster does not use a real-time protection module, it supplements your existing security software without causing any conflicts. SpywareBlaster can be used with Internet Explorer and many other popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Netscape, Seamonkey, Flock and several more (see here).

How does SpywareBlaster actually work? It adds sites to the restricted zones by adding the domain as a subkey under the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains. A dword is then added to that domain named * and given a hex value of 4 to specify that it is part of the Restricted Sites Zone. More specifically, Spywareblaster sets the "killbit" on the CLSID (Class ID) of known spyware. Every program has a CLSID that is unique to the type of program. Once Spywareblaster enables (writes) those killbits they are "locked in" and any identified spyware cannot be opened. Spywareblaster writes these killbits in and then stays off until you need to re-write them again with an update. Why is all this important? Some types of malware are known to alter Trusted Zones, Ranges and ProtocolDefaults set for a browser.

For more information, see:If you're not sure how to use SpywareBlaster, please refer to the How to use SpywareBlaster to protect your computer tutorial. In addition to explaining how to use the tool, the tutorial covers other built-in tools and features.

BrightFort also provides a variety of articles relating to SpywareBlaster, information about AutoUpdate, Troubleshooting and Tools (which explains the HOSTS file). For any issues or information not addressed, users can also check at the Official BrightFort Forum. Information about updates and news can be found at the BrightFort which also provides links to the the online forum and Knowledgebase.
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:23 PM

Thank you cery much sir.@quietman 7
and sir,is there any suggestion on how to use the sandboxie free to get the maximum protection from it?

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:43 PM

Getting Started: How to use Sandboxie <- 6 part tutorial
Sandboxie Help & FAQs
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