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#1 yongwang87

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 10:47 AM

Hi fellow bleepers, looking for some suggestions and advice!

 

I just installed win7 on my macbook pro, bootcamping so I can use all my necessary softwares while on the go! After installing a few weeks ago, my windows side is running into problems... for one, the internet browsers just don't work despite the fact that I'm connected and the Mac side works just fine. I am resolving that issue separately in this forum, but in general I feel my PC (side) is very vulnerable. 

 

My question is, what are some key softwares (preferably free) that I should install on my windows side to prevent spyware / malware from infecting my computer? I've only installed "360 total security", but now I think this is not enough. 

 

Thanks for your suggestions! 

 

 



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

I assume "360 total security" is something from norton/symantec antivirus ? If so it will be fairly good for your primary antivirus but you need some other stuff to supplement it. Malwarebytes (free) provides a good scanner, you can run it every few days to check nothing got past your main antivirus. This site also contains a few useful security tools "eset online scanner" (available from the downloads section somewhere here) is another good second opinion scanner, "securitycheck" and "minitoolbox" help you to check on basic computer specifics (like listing all your programs and telling you if you are running out of date java/flash player/browser  ) which are relevant to security. Don't try running two or more antiviruses with real-time protection as they will simply attack each other, imagine having two guard dogs each trained to "attack and stop anything that looks fierce". other things to do to protect yourself is avoid internet explorer and use chrome or firefox instead, and remove java from your computer. if you have installed chrome you can also uninstall adobe flash player (chrome contains it's own version) and adobe reader (once again chrome can do it's job). To avoid getting infected by online adverts (most of them are just ways of handing out malware rather than getting people to buy things) you can use "noscript" with firefox for extra protection on sites with lots of adverts. Another second/third/fourth opinion scanner to consider is "kaspersky virus removal tool", but with all virus removal/detection tools other than your main antivirus and malwarebytes make sure to run them in "prompt on detection" rather than "disinfect automatically" mode. letting them disinfect automatically risks letting them damage something before you've had a chance to check if it is really an infection or just a false positive. everything i listed is free, as are some primary antiviruses if you ever need to replace norton.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 12:25 PM

rp88 Thanks for the info!



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 06:25 PM


See my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro.

I also recommend using SpywareBlaster and WinPatrol.

For a list of other security tools and resources, please refer to:
* Bleeping Computer's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
* Bleeping Computer's List of Anti-virus, Antimalware, And Antispyware Resources
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:48 PM

Amazing Quietman7, thanks!



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:54 PM

rp88,  360 Total Security is not a Norton Product. 

 

http://360safe.com/totalsecurity.html


Edited by Queen-Evie, 04 September 2014 - 11:55 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:00 AM

Amazing Quietman7, thanks!

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