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Best malware protection for XP?


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#1 scotstech

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 04:21 AM

Yesterday's WanaCrpyt0r attack concentrated my mind big time on real-time malware protection.

 

I had to give up on Malwarebytes because it became unsuitable for XP: scans took forever and were apt to cause system freezes.

 

I've heard good things about Emisoft, but since it comes with antivirus, I'd have to ditch Panda which is very 'light' and doesn't cause any problems.

 

Any suggestions?


Edited by hamluis, 13 May 2017 - 02:42 PM.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 04:33 AM

Emsisoft doesn't support XP anymore, so it's out of the question unfortunately.

I'd recommend Avast or Panda.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 05:35 AM

Emsisoft doesn't support XP anymore, so it's out of the question unfortunately.

I'd recommend Avast or Panda.

Thank you very much for sparing me the wild goose chase on Emisoft.

 

I suspect this may be dumb thinking... but I was under the impression I should be running (1) antivirus; and (2) malware protection, on the basis that antivirus alone isn't enough. I like Panda a lot - I installed it after a nightmare experience with AVG - but I would have thought that I wasn't up to much in the way of malware protection?



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:34 PM

Comodo is still good for XP. 


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 04:07 PM

These are your options:

For the best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware) infections, see my comments (Post #2) in this topic...Ransomware Avoidance...it includes a list of prevention tools.


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:44 AM

Zemana Anti Malware works on XP. I use it on an old XP machine I have running for certain things I need (I run the browser under the supervision of Sandboxie)



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:16 AM

An anti-virus program alone does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected rather than block or prevent the infection in the first place. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an effective anti-malware solution with real-time protection for maximum protection.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:30 AM

MS allegedly allowed /pushed out a security update even for XP users to combat the WannaCry ransomware fiasco....

 

The OS is pretty much now hopelessly outdated...; I'd much rather advise Linux Mint17.x over WinXP for surfiing/banking.....; but I doubt any bank (or browser) will even support XP anymore...


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:33 AM

The best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware) infections is a comprehensive approach to include prevention and your best defense is back up, back up, and more back up on a regular basis.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 16 July 2017 - 10:55 PM

TY for the recomendations QM. I downloaded pandora free, but it doesn't seem to be free. After 30 days they want $$ which I'm willing to do but its a pain bcs I'm in Mx & they want pesos. I don't keep a peso acct or credit card. A lot of businesses think bcs they have the info, they feel a need to use it. Isn't Panda free? Am I doing something wrong? Is there free Pandora if I hit the right keys? If so what? thx again.


Also, What is disk imaging?



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 10:57 PM

Another question. It seems we download everything & don't have disks etc. What happpens when cpu crashes?  Is there a way to back up the programs along wi the data?



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:13 AM

Disk imaging is making an exact copy of your hard drive.

 

What happens if you have no backups and the system crashes to the point where you can't access anything is, you lose your data.

 

That's why backing up is repeatedly stressed.

 

Doing frequent disk images and daily backups of your volatile (frequently changing) personal data is the best defense against system crashes, ransomware infections, etc.

 

The second best defense is testing your backups to make sure they work.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:43 AM

Test that they work. Good idea! But is there some way you can back up the programs as well as data?



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:45 AM

Test that they work. Good idea! But is there some way you can back up the programs as well as data?

That's what a disk image is, an exact copy of your entire hard drive (hence the term "image").

 

If you want to continue the discussion, start a new thread in the Backup, Imaging, and Disk Management forum...

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/238/backup-imaging-and-disk-management-software/


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:44 AM

...I downloaded pandora free, but it doesn't seem to be free...Isn't Panda free?

Pandora is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service. It offers a free subscription supported by ads, and a paid for subscription without ads.

Yes, Panda Free Antivirus is free.

... But is there some way you can back up the programs as well as data?

You can back up all programs and data to an external hard disck as well as use disk imaging. I do both.
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