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Windows 7: Best possible Free security setup


13 Aug 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damien76 View Post
Hi MaxPayne,

Nice to hear that you have successfully reset your system to it's default settings.

My recommendations:

Sandbox/Light virtualization app:
-Sandboxie Free
-BufferZonePro(now free)
-GesWall

Free AV:
-AvastFree
-Avira Personal
-AVG

Free firewall:
-Online Armor free
-Privatefirewall

Free antimalware/antispyware(second opinion):
-Malwarebytes free
-Superantispyware free
-HitmanPro(30 day removal)
-PrevxSOL(you need to buy for removal but you can use for scanning)

Free Suite:
-Comodo CIS
-Outpost Security Suite Free(AV will not install if you have installed a different AV first)

Free System Imaging apps:
-Macrium Reflect
-Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition
-Seagate DiscWizard
-Paragon Backup and Recovery
-Keriver 1-Click Restore

Useful:
- VirusTotal Uploader ver2
- HijackThis
- KeyScrambler free(FF extension)

My free set-up:
1. Avira Personnal + CIS (no AV) + SBIE + MBAM(on-demand) + PrevxSOL
2. AvastFree + Online Armor + SBIE + MBAM + HitmanPro

Goodluck
Thanks for all your help. Can I ask which security setup so far has worked better for you 1 or 2? Oh and which antivirus has worked better for you avira or avast?




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13 Aug 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

There are to many opinions on security regarding AV's. avast!, Comodo, Panda Cloud, and MSE will all do fine. MBAM and HitMan Pro are a must, regardless of which AV you chose.

What I haven't seen mentioned yet is also a must, and that is Norton DNS . It's free and makes any AV better by filtering out 30-40% of bad websites...........A no brainer.
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13 Aug 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
There are to many opinions on security regarding AV's. avast!, Comodo, Panda Cloud, and MSE will all do fine. MBAM and HitMan Pro are a must, regardless of which AV you chose.

What I haven't seen mentioned yet is also a must, and that is Norton DNS . It's free and makes any AV better by filtering out 30-40% of bad websites...........A no brainer.
Thanks for the info on the dns just what I was looking for. Can I still get your opinion on which AV you think is better

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13 Aug 2011   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Can I still get your opinion on which AV you think is better
My best experience is with Norton Internet Security. But that is not free - although you sometimes can get it for nearly nothing. Keep checking the Sunday ads.
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13 Aug 2011   #15

Win7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Hi Max,

Quote:
Can I ask which security setup so far has worked better for you 1 or 2? Oh and which antivirus has worked better for you avira or avast?
-- Well performance is the same imho..but it's just me(it may vary on your set-up/system). Though previously I observed that at times Avira detects rootkits better than Avast. But if you have MBAM/HMP it's okay. Avast has a new Avast MBR Rootkit detector based on GMER (though not tested it yet). I also use Norton DNS (great augmentation). Do consider Sandboxie. I added some links that you might want to check out. The discussion there is informative.

Might wanna consider imaging the drive first prior installing the apps so if you don't like the set-up and would like to start clean then it'll be just minutes away.

You also might wanna check this and this out also. Might get lucky


Goodluck
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13 Aug 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
Can I still get your opinion on which AV you think is better
My best experience is with Norton Internet Security. But that is not free - although you sometimes can get it for nearly nothing. Keep checking the Sunday ads.
Yea I am personally a norton believer, but it cost a lot,
I will check for any good deals.
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13 Aug 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The best deal on NIS was last year when I bought it for $59,95 with a $60 rebate. So I really only paid the sales tax (minus a Nickel). That was at Staples.
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13 Aug 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The best deal on NIS was last year when I bought it for $59,95 with a $60 rebate. So I really only paid the sales tax (minus a Nickel). That was at Staples.
And how in the world did u manage to find such a good deal?

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13 Aug 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is our Sunday morning ritual (when we are in FL). We read all the ads and the wife does not miss one letter. She would not buy anything without a coupon or a hefty discount.
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13 Aug 2011   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is our Sunday morning ritual (when we are in FL). We read all the ads and the wife does not miss one letter. She would not buy anything without a coupon or a hefty discount.
Ima start doing that. Thanks for the heads up.


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