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How to prevent malware or other viruses from infecting my computer.


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#1 FascinatingPH

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:40 PM

Hello,

 

We recently bought desktop PC's for video playback using vMix for corporate events. So what will happen during each event is, the client will give us their flash drives, external hard drives or other storage devices. 

 

Now, I want to secure my PC so it won't be infected if their storage device has a virus or malware upon connecting it to our PC. 

 

Is an antivirus and Malwarebytes enough to protect it? Or are there any programs that can help them prevent it. 

 

Thanks.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:07 PM

The security options of using an anti virus (but make it an internet security) and Malwarebytes is good.

Also, you can force all your employees to scan the devices before starting any work. 

 

People need things done in an instant. This is a major problem everywhere. 

 

 

First things first,

 

The question you posed is running in the minds of people all around the world since the invention of virus family :P.

Sorry, no offense meant.

 

Here goes my idea, think whatever you think of it.

 

Set up a separate system first, With the intent of security purposes.

Have an antivirus (use some good ones and Paid ones, though I would suggest Kaspersky/ Nod32; the choice is yours. But whatever please do not go for Avast/AVG.)

Also, have Malwarebytes (Premium version please, we need real time monitoring which is a premium feature only).

The system should be having internet connection but no one should be using emails/browsing. People can be stupid many a number of times.

Scan the media on this system then move on to your working systems.

Make a mandatory rule for scanning the external media before using.

 

Why did I suggest an entirely new system for scanning?

The video editing/ Photo editing software use fairly high system resources. Security Software may at times clash with them being the reason.

 

Alternatively,

 

You can request them to give the data (initial data required) in form of DVD's/CDs. 

Also, you can give their final input in the same format. I mean applying a no USB policy.

(Which these days is a very difficult process, believe me, I experienced it myself).



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:44 AM

Security is all about layers and not depending on any one solution, technology or approach to protect yourself from cyber-criminals. The most important layer is you...the first and last line of defense.

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. Preferably keeping a separate, offline backup to a device that is not always connected to the network.

For more suggestions to protect yourself from malware, see Answers to common security questions - Best Practices for Safe Computing.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:59 AM

1- Have safe practice 

2- use security products that fit your skills and needs, the "best" rated one isn't forcibly the best for you.

3- learn your system, don't modify it all the time by adding useless software, be used to it, with time you will be able to pinpoint just by "eyes" or "feeling" taht something isn't normal.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:39 AM

Most modern malware/viruses are spread thru emails bad websites and attachments. Before the internet they were almost exclusively passed by media. But to be safe you can scan the devices before using.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:06 PM

Crypto malware and other forms of malware spread via a variety of common vectors...opening a malicious or spam email attachment, executing a malcious file, web exploits, exploit kits, malvertising campaigns, non-malware (fileless) attacks:, drive-by downloads and RDP bruteforce attacks against servers especially by those involved with the development and spread of ransomware.
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