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#1 Dominix

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:04 AM

My friend has an older pc running Win98. It connects to the internet through a wlan. I've cleaned it and install AVG, Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster. I had Zone Alarm on it but un-installed because I thought it was causing a couple of problems.

This computer as is still gets a lot of infections from systb.dll and other auto downloaders. He has 2 other pcs in the same room hooked to the same network, they both have winXP and are not infected like the win98 pc. Any suggestions on securing it further would be great.

I've posted it's HJT log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/8864/hjt-log-dominix-friend-elite-98/

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 03:13 AM

I would add:
aČ free-a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. aČ fills this gap.

Remember to keep your security programs updated!

Also a hardware, and software firewall, would be a good addition. At least a software firewall.
A couple of free software firewalls:
Kerio
Sygate Personal Firewall
I don't recommend Zone Alarm, because several people have been having problems with it.

Occasionaly, I also run these 2 online virus scanners (just to be sure):
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Other than that, I think your pretty well protected.
Check out this tutorial for more useful info:
Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet

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#3 Dominix

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 06:21 AM

Thanks, I've downloaded aČ free, kerio and sygate. I'll load aČ free and of the firewalls on my friends pc Friday.

What about things that install via activeX?

Edited by Dominix, 13 January 2005 - 06:23 AM.


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Posted 13 January 2005 - 08:45 AM

The following doesn't apply to XP or 2000 but does apply to 98.

For some reason Install on demand is enabled by default in IE causing problems such as yours. To protect yourself against this situation do this:

In Internet Explorer go to Tools>Internet Options>Advanced and take the check mark from Enable Install On Demand (Internet Explorer) and Enable Install On Demand (Other). The consequence of this will be that you will begin to see Security Warnings when something tries to install on your computer. Unless it is something you want to install (which happens rarely) always say no.

HTH

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 11:03 AM

Thanks, I've downloaded aČ free, kerio and sygate. I'll load aČ free and of the firewalls on my friends pc Friday.

What about things that install via activeX?

Only use 1 firewall at a time. Do Not run 2 at the same time. This could cause problems.

The easiest way to avoid Active X problems, is to use an alternative browser, that doesn't use Active X:
Firefox

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#6 Dominix

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 04:58 PM

I know that about only using one firewall. I left out the word "one" in the section you quoted. But I thank you never the less.

I've been using Firefox at home and work for a long time now. But I can't convince my friend to use it. Some people are very hard headed about things.




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