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#1 turtleherder

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:01 PM

What is the best sotfware I can put on my system for security, spam, viruses, protection, etc?


Edited by computerxpds, 28 March 2015 - 01:09 PM.
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#2 Sintharius

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:18 PM

Hello there,

There is no "one size fits all" security solution - which is the best depends on your needs.

Can you tell us some basic information?

- Which OS are you using? (since you posted in the Windows 8 forum I'll assume it's Windows 8.1, but please specify)

- What are the specs of your computer? Please follow the instructions below to publish a Speccy snapshot.

ik5xYHs.pngSpeccy - Publish a snapshot
Follow the instructions below to download and install Speccy, then to publish a snapshot of your system information:
  • Click here to download Speccy from Piriform. Once it's downloaded, install it.
  • Once Speccy is installed, launch the program and wait some time to load all your system information.
  • After that, click on the File menu in the top left corner, and select Publish Snapshot.
  • A window will appear asking you to confirm your decision to publish a snapshot. Click on Yes.
  • A new window will appear after, with a URL link to your snapshot. Click on Copy to Clipboard button to copy that URL to your clipboard, then paste it in your next reply and post it.
- Do you wish to have a free or paid solution?

- Do you have any special requests? Low resource impact, easy to use GUI, fast scan, few alerts etc.?

And before we start, please read this: Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure online.

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 05:49 PM

We have a lengthy ongoing discussion with lots of suggestions in this topic. You can read that and ask questions here so we don't keep repeating the same information.

Also read this topic...Answers to common security questions - Best Practices for Safe Computing which covers all the bases. That is why it was created.
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Posted 29 March 2015 - 01:58 PM

My choice is as follows:

Antivirus: Avast free
Antimalware: Malwarebytes free
Third opinion scanner: ESET online scanner
Browser: Firefox, all plugins either disabled or set to "ask to activate".
Extensions: Noscript and Adblockplus

Other tips I would give are to set up the windows file explorer so that it "displays full extensions even for known file types", this will help you to avoid accidentaly opening a disguised exe file.

Script blocking in your browser is particularly important for protection against current exploit attack methods.

Edited by rp88, 29 March 2015 - 02:00 PM.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:46 PM

Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus

I now use Adblock Edge.
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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:50 PM

I just go with uBlock in its default option.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:59 PM

uBlock is fine too but its more of a general-purpose blocker that works with custom rules and filters.
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