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The Ultimate freeware protection combo......(possibly?)

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#1 robby501


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 08:39 AM

I'm sure there are many, many threads in this forum in which members are discussing (and have discussed) the pros and cons of various security suites - many of them obviously the free ones - and the question asked MANY times over... which single ONE is best?And I am sure that seasoned members like Quietman7 and others often wonder to themselves......"If I had a dime for every time someone asked........"  (you get the gist! lol)


Well speaking as a relative novice, I have read these forums enough to realize that the BEST AV suite is the one situated in the nine(or so!) inch space between my ears!....and that no single suite is flawless - paid-for or not!


So I was hoping to open a discussion, or at least get one or two opinions, on which combos of various suites/software gives the user the BEST CHANCES of remaining well-protected whilst surfing online, downloading stuff like music, books and other such files, etc?? (No, I don't do porn! LOL)


As far as I am aware, up until a few years ago, the only options as far as having security suites installed on a pc were to only have just ONE due to the likelihood of conflicts/clashes etc. (If I am wrong, I'm sure someone will correct me as I have only been using a computer for 2&half years!). However, nowadays, with so many suites now claiming that they integrate flawlessly with others and that they run in the background with existing/other AV software, I figured it might be worth opening up a debate (as I already stated) in which members can give opinions on this and also tell of the combos they use themselves, the pros&cons of those combos, and how effective they consider them to be.


And going back to the question I originally asked in my topic-header, I would like to ask for opinions on mine. Using Win10, I recently UNinstalled Avast! (free) and now use Win Defender (upon hearing it is MUCH improved!) in COMBO with Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit and the free Zemana Anti-logger. From the research I have done on these 3 suites and what they do, I feel I have just about EVERYTHING covered as far as internet security is concerned. 


The advantages I see with the above combo is that CPU usage is VERY light, no one can log my keystokes (due to Zem. Antilogger) and the MWB Anti-Exploit will protect me from Zero-day threats (as well as possibly other things too!) 


Any opinions on this or any other COMBOS??

Edited by robby501, 22 October 2015 - 08:46 AM.

Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro




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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:18 PM

These would give you a good start with layered protection:


Windows Updates
Secunia PSI
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:24 PM

Quietman7 also speaks highly of CryptoMonitor and CryptoProtect, both can work together to help prevent ransome-ware.  Users still have to exercise vigilance.

Edited by RolandJS, 22 October 2015 - 03:57 PM.

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:32 PM

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes and how it may affect system performance. A particular toolkit that works well for one person may not work as well for another.

Everyone's system is different and sometimes you may need to experiment in order to find the combination which works best and is most suitable for your needs. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone.

Further, the user is the first and last line of defense. Unfortunately, it as been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.No amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone can have.
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