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Fresh install (win7)....Basic Security Recommendations?


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#1 dummyspit

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 03:04 AM

Hi Forum,
I have just performed a fresh install of windows 7 Ultimate SP1. I  am at present sat with the bare essentials of the install (no protection or security) I am looking for suggestions to what are the best (BASIC) things to install to protect my PC without going overboard and clogging up my resources which led to the re-install in the 1st place.
Thanks for any input.

Edit: Topic moved from Windows 7 to General Security ~ Computerxpds

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 03:27 AM

Hello there :)

Since you just performed a clean install, the first thing you will want to do is to get an AV up. I recommend Avast!, BitDefender or Microsoft Security Essentials for free non-commercial everyday use.

For AM protection you can use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

Once you have a good AV & AM protection, we can address your other concerns.

Regards,
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 03:47 AM

Thank you, I have just installed Avast and MalwareBytes, are there any recommended "must-have" applications for any PC.

 

Thanx

 

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:12 AM

Thank you, I have just installed Avast and MalwareBytes, are there any recommended "must-have" applications for any PC.

 

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Have you ever "stopped to think".........and forgot to start again....



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Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:40 AM

Have you ever "stopped to think".........and forgot to start again....

If you mean stop to think and then forgot why I went to Google in the first place, then yes :lol:

Now that your basic security is taken care of, we can address other things.

- Have you installed all required drivers and Windows updates?

- Backup (this is the most important): Do you have any pre-existing backup solutions? Two good free backup software are Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup.

- Web browser: Which one is your browser of choice? If you would be kind and tell me, I'll see what I can do to improve your browser's security.

- Defragmentation: You can use the built-in Windows Disk Defragmenter, or Defraggler. Be noted that SSDs do not require defragmentation, and doing so will shorten their lifespan.

- Junk cleaning: You can do it via the built-in Windows Disk Cleaner. If you want a more friendly software then you can use CCleaner.

- Software update: Set all your applications to "Automatically update". You can use Secunia PSI or Heimdal Free to check for outdated software on a regular basis.

- Other security tools: Consider using Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit to defend against exploits, and CryptoPrevent for defense against ransomware.

If you have any other concerns, do not hesitate to ask.

Regards,
Alex

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 05:10 AM

All drivers and updates have been installed

 

Have installed Macrium reflect (will make back up when i have deleted selected files from windows.old folder) {lots of space used up by these files}

 

Web browser Mozilla Firefox

 

Downloaded Defraggler (will use later)

 

Have got Ccleaner (have always used this)

 

Applications set to Auto Update

 

Will take a look at MAE and Crypto Prevent

 

thanx

 

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 05:22 AM

I have a couple more suggestions for Firefox:

- uBlock for Firefox: Lighter than Adblock Plus and allows more customization. You can also use its default settings.

- NoScript for Firefox: This will allow you to block malicious scripts while allowing legit ones. It can take a while to learn which ones to allow or block, but once you got the hang of it then it becomes a very effective tool.

- Web of Trust: Gives you a general idea of what is good and bad via community feedback. Take it with a grain of salt however, as it is not always accurate.

Do you have any other questions?

Regards,
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 05:31 AM

Thanks, I will take a look at your firefox recommendations.

 

I will see how my PC runs over the next few days and will try and contact you if i need anymore advice.

 

Thanks again for your help it has been greatly appreciated.

 

Always a pleasure.......dummyspit



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Posted 26 March 2015 - 05:39 AM

You are welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.

Regards,
Alex




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