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#1 DeCiBeL


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Posted 15 October 2006 - 10:08 PM

Hey guess...

i am a bit new here on the site...

I was wondering... what most of you people use to protect yourselves on the net.. from viruses, worms and so on..

I Use Kaspersky 6.0 and thats about it... something is telling that might not be enough??

What do the majority of the people on the site use.. and whats best?!?

Thanx in advance

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:05 AM

In addition to a resident anti-virus application (Kaspersky) that is kept up-to-date, having a software firewall is essential. In addition to those two layers of defences, you should have at least two anti-spyware applications installed and kept updated. Many good anti-spyware applications are completely free: Spybot, Ad-AwareSE and AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 are more than adequate. Naturally, you must keep MS's endless series of security patches current.
Understanding secure browser and E-mail client settings, and exercising the greatest care about what sites you visit and what files you download is perhaps the best layer of protection you can provide your computer. Many of the excellent BC Tutorials will provide good knowledge of computer best security practives.
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Posted 18 October 2006 - 07:16 AM

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
(Run only one and disable the ineffective Windows XP firewall)

ZoneAlarm (freeware) V. 6.5.722
(you can have only one software firewall running. More than one will conflict)

Comodo firewall (freeware)

Antivirus programs - freeware
(you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)


Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware
The following freeware aps will detect and remove spyware/malware from your computer and in addition to your resident anti-virus program you should have several (if not all) of these installed (and used frequently - each may detect things that the others may not -always update them before you run them)
Set them to update automatically if applicable.
Run them from safe mode when applicable

(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)

Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware

Spybot S&D:
Update – Aug 2006 - Spybot by default now ignores certain products such as New.Net and Sidestep for no good reason. New.Net compromises the WinSock stack by routing all your DNS queries through the NewDotNet.DLL. To enable detection go to "Settings", "Ignore products", "All products" Tab, right click on "Product", left-click on "Deselect all".

Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion.

Microsoft Windows Defender
Windows Defender will give you an additional tool in your control panel named Software Explorer which is excellent for examining software installed on your computer, its startup menu, etc which will help you identify what it is.
This also provides realtime protection.

Ewido Antispyware Free


Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

A² - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
MBSA is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these as they require ActiveX to function.)

Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"
Make sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.

Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
File scanner and virus scanner

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Avast Online scan

F Secure online scan

Ewido Online scan

Trojan scans –
Sygate Trojanscan

Windows Security Trojanscan
See instructions for it here:

Parasite scan from Aumha:
or here:

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