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Is my current security setup good enough?


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#1 Enterprise256

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 06:17 PM

I'm currently running Norton 360 Paid, MBAM Free, MBAE, and CryptoPrevent Free. Should I add anything else to that like HitmanProAlert3?



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Posted 01 November 2015 - 06:50 PM

Since you are considering replacing Norton 360 Paid...see my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

I also recommend using the following:

To protect your browser and help prevent advertisements & block websites, I generally recommend one or more of the following:

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Backing up your data and disk imaging are among the most important maintenance tasks users should perform on a regular basis, yet it's one of the most neglected areas.
 

 


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 07:27 PM

Indeed I am considering replacing Norton 360, but if I keep with it would the current setup be robust enough?

 

I was recommended HitmanPro.Alert before but didn't use it since it interfered with a program I used. Is it still recommended to use and would I need it?

 

Since you are considering replacing Norton 360 Paid...see my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

I also recommend using the following:

To protect your browser and help prevent advertisements & block websites, I generally recommend one or more of the following:

Notes about Adblock Plus and NoScript:
Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus is letting companies pay to let their ads through
Allowing acceptable ads in Adblock Plus
Attention NoScript Users - Adblock Plus

Backing up your data and disk imaging are among the most important maintenance tasks users should perform on a regular basis, yet it's one of the most neglected areas.
 

 


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 08:08 PM

I have the last freeware version of HMP.Alert which is not as comprehensive as the newer version. Since I also use CryptoMonitor Anti-Ransomware and CryptoPrevent I do not intend to upgrade and probably will remove it in the near future..

Norton (Symantec) is as good as any other well known anti-virus program but you should also rely on behavior detection programs rather then standard anti-virus definition (signature) detection software only. This means using programs that can detect when malware is in the act of modifying/encrypting files rather than just detecting the malicious file itself which in most cases is not immediately detected by anti-virus software.

For example, Emsisoft Anti-Malware uses advanced behavioral analysis which is extremely difficult to penetrate...it continually monitors the behavior of all active programs looking for any anomalies that may be indicative of malicious activity and raises an alert as soon as something suspicious occurs. EAM also has the ability to detect unknown zero-day attacks without signatures. ESET Antivirus and Smart Security use Exploit Blocker which is designed to fortify applications that are often exploited, such as web browsers, PDF readers, email clients or MS Office components.

Some security researchers have advised not to to use multiple anti-exploit applications because using more than one of them at the same time can hamper the effectiveness of Return-oriented programming (ROP) and other exploit checks. This in turn can result in the system becoming even more vulnerable than if only one anti-exploit application is running.

The best defensive strategy is a comprehensive approach...make sure you are running an updated anti-virus and anti-malware product, use supplemental security tools with anti-exploitation features capable of stopping (preventing) infection before it can cause any damage, update all vulnerable software and routinely backup your data.
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Posted 14 November 2015 - 04:46 PM

Right now I'm running Bitdefender Total Security 2016, VoodooShield Paid, Malwarebytes anti Exploit Premium, and Winpatrol Plus. I was just wondering if I"m overkill on my security?



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 05:30 PM

Since you already paid for everything, I wouldn't worry about it unless you are experiencing any performance issues.
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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:48 PM

Overkill Russ Why Yes.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:03 PM

Even if it is overkill, if the combination is not affecting system performance, the programs can be used until it is time for renewal. At that time, then you can consider what to keep and what to remove.
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