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Windows 7: Best Free Security Setup?

19 Jan 2012   #11
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

avast,windows firewall,malwarebytes,super anti spyware,search and destroy, spyware blaster is what i use on my system atm


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19 Jan 2012   #12
pcunite

Windows 10 x64
 
 

You don't need anything to make Windows 7 secure as long as you log in as a limited user and setup software restriction policies. If you really want Sandboxie is nice.
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19 Jan 2012   #13
CanIHaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Real-Time: Avast! free - Adfender(for ads) - [Optional if you want a 3rd party firewall] TinyWall or Windows 7 FW Control Free - KeyScrambler free, SandboxIE free
Harden Tool: Spyware Blaster
On-Demand Scanners: Malwarebytes, Hitman PRO (dont activate the trial unless you really need it)
Image/Back up: Macrium Reflect Free



I think this is the best free security setup which cover all bases to be on the safe side and in case something went wrong, you'll have a back up to go to.
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19 Jan 2012   #14
7even64

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I will say go with Microsoft Security Essentials because I know it was made specifically for windows computers so I just play it safe and go with what Microsoft recommends. Then I just use antispyware and malwarebytes
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19 Jan 2012   #15
Delta808

Windows 7 pro
 
 

I May get flamed for this but I'll say COMODO free internet security, if you set it up right it's pretty powerful.
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19 Jan 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Delta808 View Post
I May get flamed for this but I'll say COMODO free internet security, if you set it up right it's pretty powerful.
We do not flame people on this forum. We send them to hell and let the devil do the job. But your point is well taken.
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20 Jan 2012   #17
jmward

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I suggest the following, all free in their basic form:

Excellent quality anti-virus and firewall:

1) Avast! anti-virus.

2) Comodo free firewall (but use Revo Uninstaller to get rid of the Comodo dragon browser and the Geek Buddy software that automatically installs with it).

For malware and unpleasant visitors to your computer of various types:

3) Lavasoft's Ad-aware.

4) SpyBot Search & Destroy.

To keep your system (including registry) clean, tidy, and optimised, as well as blocking malware:

5) Advanced System Care (basic version free but also quite cheap to upgrade).

6) FixCleaner (likewise).

7) Ccleaner (completely free).

These last three each seem to tidy up slightly different issues in the registry, so I run all three from time to time.
I scan with all the above on my Windows 7 system, as well as on my "reserve" Windows XP machine, and have never had any problems at all (apart from the occasional 'false positive' result).

And if you want a completely free windows system with no virus or other security problems and loads of free software, go for Linux Ubuntu 10.04.3, which I dual-boot with XP... but that's another story, and here's where I sign off before the booing starts!

JMW
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20 Jan 2012   #18
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

jmward,

*** I would suggest that the following are superfluous to Windows 7 "needs" & as such would NOT recommend using same.***

3) Lavasoft's Ad-aware.

4) SpyBot Search & Destroy.

To keep your system (including registry) clean, tidy, and optimised, as well as blocking malware:

5) Advanced System Care (basic version free but also quite cheap to upgrade).

6) FixCleaner (likewise).


7) Ccleaner (completely free).
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20 Jan 2012   #19
Animal5150

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

JHM Wrote: jmward,

*** I would suggest that the following are superfluous to Windows 7 "needs" & as such would NOT recommend using same.***

3) Lavasoft's Ad-aware. Used to be a good product a few years back

4) SpyBot Search & Destroy. Used to be a good product a few years back

To keep your system (including registry) clean, tidy, and optimised, as well as blocking malware:

5) Advanced System Care (basic version free but also quite cheap to upgrade). Never Used

6) FixCleaner (likewise). Never Used

7) Ccleaner (completely free) I suggest staying away from all registry cleaners BUT is you insist Ccleaner IS one of the safest.

I have to agree
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20 Jan 2012   #20
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Delta808 View Post
I May get flamed for this but I'll say COMODO free internet security, if you set it up right it's pretty powerful.
We do not flame people on this forum. We send them to hell and let the devil do the job. But your point is well taken.
No flame, Comodo Firewall free on Windows XP pro with Avast 6 = Solid security.

A really good product for maintaining a secure system is:
Secunia PSI: Free Computer Security - Personal Software Inspector (PSI) - Secunia

I have used it since last year and find it very very helpful in maintaining the software on my system at its latest/most secure versions as it does a very good job of monitoring the software on my pc's and verifying if a newer version is available or if windows updates are needed. Really a no brainer as an assist tool.
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