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sycamorex 09-17-2011 01:36 PM

security/system software for the-os-whose-name-we-don't-mention-here
 
As I mentioned in some other thread, for work-related reasons I had to install Win7. Now I've got a few questions regarding security and system software.

When you google for it, you'll get thousands of applications that are supposed to do thousands of things to keep your windows computer clean and secure. Half of them are probably malware. I haven't properly used or maintained a windows system for a long time so I'm slightly out of the loop.

1. Which antivirus software would you recommend?
2. Are there any other kinds of programs that I need for windows to minimise the threats out there?
3. What about registry cleaners? Are they helpful? If so, which one would you recommend.
4. Any other programs that are recommended for maintaining a windows system?


Thank you

craigevil 09-17-2011 01:54 PM

1) Microsoft Security Essentials works as well as other AV
2) Spyblaster from Javacool
3) Firefox + NoScript + AdBlockPlus + HTTPS Everywhere
4) hosts file to block crap http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt

SigTerm 09-17-2011 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sycamorex (Post 4474610)
As I mentioned in some other thread, for work-related reasons I had to install Win7. Now I've got a few questions regarding security and system software.

When you google for it, you'll get thousands of applications that are supposed to do thousands of things to keep your windows computer clean and secure. Half of them are probably malware. I haven't properly used or maintained a windows system for a long time so I'm slightly out of the loop.

1. Which antivirus software would you recommend?
2. Are there any other kinds of programs that I need for windows to minimise the threats out there?
3. What about registry cleaners? Are they helpful? If so, which one would you recommend.
4. Any other programs that are recommended for maintaining a windows system?


Thank you

Please note that following recommendation is based on assumption that approach that works on winxp is applicable to win7.
  1. Avast! antivirus.
  2. Comodo internet security firewall only(without their antivirus) with disabled Defence+(it is plain paranoid).
  3. If you know your way around registry, then you won't need them. (IMO) registry cleaners are overrated.
  4. Nothing I can think of.

#1 and #2 are available for free for personal use, but you may want to check if their license is compatible with your situation.

dudeman41465 09-17-2011 02:13 PM

When I work on Windows systems, this is the baseline security software I currently pre-install on them, if the user doesn't have a preference or request for something else:

1) Microsoft Security Essentials - Works equally well against viruses, trojans, malware, adware, and whatever else is out there.
2) Windows Firewall - Since Windows Vista the Windows Firewall has had an MMC console that makes it just as cusotmizeable and powerful as any third party firewall application.
3) CCleaner - Has lots of tools like a system cleanup tool to get rid of temp files and junk. Has a registry cleaner that has never broken a system on me, and also allows you to wipe free space or entire drives according to and beyond NSA/DoD standards.
4) Defraggler - For some reason, especially on systems that have been running a while, I've had Windows Disk Defragmenter give me a message saying, "Some files could not be defragmented, see the report for details". Defraggler will defragment those files, and generally works faster, allows you to schedule jobs, and has a better graphical representation of what your hard drive looks like.

etech3 09-17-2011 04:22 PM

Comodo is my choice. I emailed support a few years ago, it's free for work or home.

Yes it is paranoid at first, but once it gets through the learning curve it settles down.

CCleaner, I have years it for years and as stated above, it has never broken a machine even checking every single option.

Hope this helps.

sycamorex 09-18-2011 02:38 PM

Thanks a lot guys.

silvyus_06 09-18-2011 02:52 PM

Sycamorex I recommend you also Avast! Antivirus , and also Avira AntiVir has a very good detection rate. If you want real time protection , avast has like 8 shields, while avira only checks for the processes. I recommend avast, as i am using it now.

also , Ad Aware free internet security is very good, and has filtered enough stuff that avast didnt see, + that it is better at disinfecting viruses. it also has ad watch live

if you want you can also use Threat Fire from Pc Tools for even better protection :)

Firewall i only recommend windows firewall

And i also recommend CCleaner for maintenance, and for defragmentation just use windows's own.

jefro 09-18-2011 04:02 PM

I'd work on many of the good posts above but I'd be sure my perimeter firewall is working. Better still, I keep any internet off the internal lan but you still have to worry about flash drives and cd's.

Best practices are also found at the MS pages in various places. Technet has many of the sources and windows pages and tutorials have many best practices.

Simple things like hosts files seems to do good.

The only good registry cleaner is a clean reload of the OS. Refrain from installing all sorts of junk. Consider virtual machine images or even sandboxing.

unSpawn 09-18-2011 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jefro (Post 4475425)
Simple things like hosts files seems to do good.

Given the facts that 0) users get redirected to malware-delivering sites via completely unrelated sites, 1) often using Javascript (as in application vs network layer) and the 2) speed with which criminal organizations set up malware sites (search for "fast flux" and see Dancho Danchev's web log) the value of using said hosts file therefore will enhance the standard \( not browsing as administrator, using common sense when visiting web sites, using UAC, using an up to date browser other than MsIE, anti-malware and anti-virus and a filtering proxy \) infinitesimally. Besides about half of it is filled with trackers for which the filtering proxy is way more efficient, for instance having a line ".doubleclick.net" (Privoxy) or "http://*.doubleclick.net/*" (Opera) saves about 90 lines. It's only fitting the above hosts file URI returns a 404.

frankbell 09-18-2011 08:25 PM

Malwarebytes gets good reviews in alt.comp.virus.

I have for years used Spybox S&D and Lavasoft Adaware Free, but I've junked Adaware Free for Malwarebytes. Adaware has gotten bloated and clunky, as well as morphed into nagware.

I still run Spybot S&D scans and definitely use the "Immunization" feature. The creator of Spybot S&D is on record as committed to keeping it free. Be advised that there are other programs out there calling themselves "Spybot-something-or-other"; they are not to be trusted.

I have been using the MVPS hosts file, also for years, but that site now give me a 404. Indeed, I just installed Fedora 15 on a box; after I copied the contents of an archived copy of that file into /etc/hosts (making sure to keep the entries that Fedora created and to backup the original created by the install), almost all the ads went away. I didn't even know that LQ had ads until I went to it on a computer without a configured hosts file.

tiredofbilkyyaforallican 09-19-2011 12:19 AM

When I run windoze I generally like to use Avira,along with Malwarebytes (I run malwarebytes twice, once in normal and again in safe mode this seems to get more unwanted junk out) . As for defragging I trust auslogics and as said before nothing wrong with CCleaner.

silvyus_06 09-19-2011 07:25 PM

And yeah as it has been mentioned i also recommend Sanboxie to run your browser sandboxed , because through the browser comes most malware .

And also install software that you think may be malware in the sandbox.


also there is Returnil System Safe, which is a very bad antivirus but it's free and i recommend it because it has an option to start virtual mode and in that virtual mode any changes you do to the system are deleted at the next reboot :)


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