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A Few Questions About My Security Setup


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#1 Dennis H

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:12 PM

Howdy,

I have a few question regarding my computers security. I removed Norton Security 2006 from my computer yesterday. I have had it on my computer for almost a year with no problems when all of a sudden it would not allow me to connect to the Internet properly.

I enabled the Windows Defender firewall until I download another. I am thinking of downloading Zone Alarm.

Currently I have the following programs on my computer.

AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5

Spyware-Blaster

Ad-Aware SE Personal

SUPERantiSpyware


Windows Defender ( runs at start up)

Sptbot-Search & Destroy with Tea Timer (runs at start up)

SpywareGuard (runs at start up)

AVG Anti-Virus (runs at start up)


If I download Zone Alarm will it conflict with any of the above ?


I update and runs scans every day.

Should I run scans using the above on each user account ?

When I downloaded AVG-Anti Virus today I noticed that there is another free download. AVG Anti-Rootkit. I have no idea what that is.

Should I download it ?

All the above programs are free versions.

Windows XP Home, SP-2, IE-7

Thank You for your time !


Dennis :thumbsup:

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#2 JohnWho

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 04:35 PM

I enabled the Windows Defender firewall until I download another. I am thinking of downloading Zone Alarm.


Uh, Windows Defender is mainly an anti-spyware/anti-malware program and does not have a firewall. I hope you mean that you enabled the Windows Firewall. Having said that, the Windows firewall isn't a widely accepted one, and I would recommend that you download a more complete one. Zone Alarm's free version is much better, than the one in Windows, so, at the very least, I'd say go for it.

Some here may recommend another free firewall, too.

Currently I have the following programs on my computer.

AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5

Spyware-Blaster

Ad-Aware SE Personal

SUPERantiSpyware


Windows Defender ( runs at start up)

Sptbot-Search & Destroy with Tea Timer (runs at start up)

SpywareGuard (runs at start up)

AVG Anti-Virus (runs at start up)


If I download Zone Alarm will it conflict with any of the above ?


It shouldn't.


I update and runs scans every day.

Should I run scans using the above on each user account ?

When I downloaded AVG-Anti Virus today I noticed that there is another free download. AVG Anti-Rootkit. I have no idea what that is.

Should I download it ?


Should you? I'd say that is up to you. It (AVG's Anti-Rootkit program) does scan for certain things that none of the other ones do, however.

Edited by JohnWho, 13 May 2007 - 04:37 PM.


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#3 Dennis H

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 04:45 PM

Thanks for the reply JohnWho.

I did mean that I turned on the Windows Firewall.




Is it necessary to run the different security scans on each user account ?



Thanks,

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 07:59 AM

Hi Dennis. An old post but since no-one has replied to your last query:

No. Ant-spyware or antivirus utilities scan all files on the selectived drive(s), irrespective of whose account they belong to. And in any event, almost all malware and viruses infect the 'Windows' folder or 'Program Files' folder, of which there is only one no matter how many user-accounts there are.

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 08:51 AM

Anti-spyware apps scan all system files, as pip22 stated, but tracking cookies infect individual user's accounts.
Spybot will check all accounts, on the computer it's run on.
Ad-aware needs to be run from each individual users account.
Not sure, about the others you have listed.
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 03:30 PM

Sorry for my late response. Been out of town.


Thanks for the replies.


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Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:55 PM

Oops,

and I'm sorry I didn't notice that you (Dennis) had asked another question.

Thankfully, we're a team and tg and pip were paying attention.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 11:26 AM

Hi Dennis, I suggest you download the firewall, it's very important.
And I also think you should download Anti-Rootkit - the worst spyware today.
They're very hard to detect and also hard to remove - if you're not an expert or something.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 07:15 AM

Thanks ItWouldRuin.

I have downloaded AVG Anti-Rootkit and AVG Firewall. I update and scan every day.






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Posted 26 May 2007 - 08:14 AM

Wow Dennis !
Every single day? That's very nice for your computer.
To be honest, I scan one time a week, and search for updates everyday. (Of course)
Do you scan with all your anti programs every day ?

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 02:03 AM

Yes, I update and scan with all (that scan) of them everyday.






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Posted 27 May 2007 - 04:26 AM

Yes, I update and scan with all (that scan) of them everyday.






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Wow, so you're sure with your computer ? Are you sure if you have a virus or someting or do you feel completely free from viruses ?

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Posted 27 May 2007 - 05:06 AM

I never feel secure. That's why I update and run them every day. The way I see it they are free and require very little effort. Just a few clicks on the mouse.

Windows Defender and ZoneAlarm automatically update and scan on their own.

I am self employed and my office is in my home so I have time to fiddle with the computer. I am in and out of the house most days and whenever I pop back in the house I run one or two of them. Before the day is out they have all been updated and run.

Before finding Bleeping Computer and getting these security downloads and tons of other advice (thanks for all the help folks !) my computer got wiped out 3 times. Each time was a nightmare.

Although I realize it could happen again I feel that I am at least taking some pro-active measures to help protect my computer from the "monsters" lurking out there in cyberland.


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Posted 27 May 2007 - 08:20 AM

I never feel secure. That's why I update and run them every day. The way I see it they are free and require very little effort. Just a few clicks on the mouse.

Windows Defender and ZoneAlarm automatically update and scan on their own.

I am self employed and my office is in my home so I have time to fiddle with the computer. I am in and out of the house most days and whenever I pop back in the house I run one or two of them. Before the day is out they have all been updated and run.

Before finding Bleeping Computer and getting these security downloads and tons of other advice (thanks for all the help folks !) my computer got wiped out 3 times. Each time was a nightmare.

Although I realize it could happen again I feel that I am at least taking some pro-active measures to help protect my computer from the "monsters" lurking out there in cyberland.


Dennis :flowers:


Wow, glad to read your story. :thumbsup:
But I think you should feel secure, look at your programs.




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