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Do I need more protection?


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#1 gasman336

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:11 AM

I am currently running EST Smart Security Software Premium and Malwarebytes on my two home desktop computers. Do I need ADware or CC Cleaner added? I leave these two computers on 24/7.  



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:23 AM

You should be fine with what you have.

 

By the way, I would not classify CCleaner as security software (at least not in the way that term is conventionally used) but more as "housekeeping" software.  I use CCleaner (but not the registry cleaner, BC does not recommend their use) on a very regular basis to clean up junk files and the cache in my various web browsers.

 

I, like you, leave my machines on 24/7, at least for the most part.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:35 AM

Thank you!

 

I just want to make sure that my two desktops are secure the best possible way. I had bot machine with error messages this morning. I posted in "Am I infected forum" 



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:37 AM

Thank you!

 

I just want to make sure that my two desktops are secure the best possible way. I had bot machine with error messages this morning. I posted in "Am I infected forum" 

 

You've done the right thing by posting in the "Am I infected?  What do I do?" forum with regard to the issue you observed.  You will receive the proper guidance there.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:38 AM

Ah needed to add that my daughter loves tanking online quizzes either through Facebook or another site. I like my machine to be the faster they can be. 



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 11:47 PM

Determining what type of user you hard over a forum is hard, but what you have already is pretty solid protection is some solid security rules are put into place. If you're a user who downloads software on a regular basis, then I woukd normally recommend Unchecky as it alerts you and uncheck's boxes for additional (and potentially malicious software) that tries to sneak in with some installers. As for CCleaner, it has been a rough road for the software ever since avast! has acquired their company. If you're going to use anything, the default windows cleaning application (cleanmgr.exe) does a very decent job.


Edited by AnythingButMalware, 29 December 2017 - 11:48 PM.

Have you tried turning it off and back on? :P


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 08:27 AM

To protect your browser, privacy, 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
 

Keep in mind that 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. It has 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. Cyber-criminals succeed because they take advantage of human weaknesses...relying heavily on social engineering to exploit that weak link in the security chain.

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. Security begins with personal responsibility and includes a comprehensive approach. Common sense, safe browsing habits, understanding security and following Best Practices for Safe Computing are all essential to protecting yourself from malware infection. That includes educating oneself as to the most common ways malware infection is delivered and propagated.

Thus, a multi-layered defense using an anti-malware and anti-exploit solution to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and following Best Practices for Safe Computing provides the most complete protection.
 


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