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How to protect my new (used) Win 7 tower

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#1 Inset irises

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:35 PM


After 8 years with XP, I bought a used Dell tower running Win 7 from a local shop.

They moved the XP machine's hard drive into the tower as a secondary drive.


The shop installed MSE as my anti virus on the Win 7 tower,

and made a data folder with a copy of the data from the XP drive

and put it on the C drive in case that old drive crashes.


The old XP machine used a variety of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs that

were put in place by the Bleeping teams after previous infections.  A lot of those old

files are on the old XP drive now in my new tower.


So, the question is, what if anything should I be running besides MSE?

Do I need MBAM or any anti-ransomware programs?

I also have a copy of CCleaner on the machine.


And, are there any files on the old XP drive that I should look for and delete?.

(including any of the old AV files or quarantine files or anything else Grinler and friends

would have had me install on the XP harddrive that are now out of date/irrelevant on the Win 7 machine).




Edited by Inset irises, 26 September 2017 - 11:41 PM.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 06:02 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is a free anti-malware solution for older operating systems like Windows 7 and Vista SP1/SP2 that combines the features of an anti-virus and anti-malware scanner to provide real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

IMO Microsoft Security Essentials is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups. However, I have read numerous complaints from users who reported they encountered problems with updating definitions, error messages and MSE turning off for no apparent reason. Regardless, it is still worth a try if you are not interested or cannot afford a paid for solution.

With that said, I would recommend using a paid for anti-virus which offers more effective protection on older operating systems. If you don't mind paying, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want or can't afford to pay, then I would recommend Kaspersky Free Antivirus, Sophos Home Free Antivirus, Panda Cloud Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use MSE.

For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.

Although Microsoft Security Essentials provides some anti-malware protection...it is weak, meaning it does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. This is true for most anti-virus solutions. 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.

In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs generally scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.
Anti-malware programs generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications.
Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions with anti-exploitation features protect against zero-day malware, drive-by downloads, exploits and Exploit Kits.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware solution for maximum protection. Regardless if you choose to use Microsoft Security Essentials or another anti-virus, I recommend adding an additional anti-malware solution. Please read Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools for information about trustworthy and effective anti-malware programs which can find and remove adware, spyware, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs.
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

Before adding some security softwares, maybe you could create a Standard User Account (SUA), and set User Account Control (UAC)  to "Max" .


SUA + UAC will hamper malware to get higher privileges in your system.


Note that UAC at max will generate more prompts if you do lot of administrative tasks.

Edited by Umbra, 27 September 2017 - 02:30 PM.

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