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Windows 7: Moved into Dorms want to protect computer


20 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Moved into Dorms want to protect computer

Hi everyone i just moved into dorm style apartments, and i want to protect my computer. i used to live in a house where i utilized a router, now i am just plugged directly into the wall at these apartments. i want to make sure that i am protected, and i'm still fairly new at Windows 7. I open the action center and check the securities tab and i notice that the network firewall is on. is there anything else i can do to protect myself? I also use Noscript, and scan my computer with Malware bytes. any suggestions for being safe? thanks for helping!

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20 Sep 2009   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Use a good antivirus. Enable password protection wherever possible.
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20 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

I second what Dinesh said. There are a number of free antivirus solutions available.

Also, if you're using the Windows 7 firewall, look into adding the firewall controller - Windows 7 Firewall Control : Sphinx Software - the free one will help you control outbound connections without having to tweak the firewall policies themselves.

(A slightly more expensive solution would be to buy your own router, a bit of overkill for a single system, but it may prove to be a good investment if you get extra gear, like a networked printer or network storage drive or want to play LAN games with friends.)
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20 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Check with your provider at the dorm as to what systems are already in place.
run a decent resident Anti-virus
Run a decent personal firewall ( I include the windows one as long as it is configured well)
Keep UAC on

Practice safe Surfing

Safe Hex - safe computing tips to defend against viruses, worms, trojans, and other malware.
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20 Sep 2009   #5

windows 7
 
 

use a non-administrator user account on your computer
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20 Sep 2009   #6

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netguysc View Post
use a non-administrator user account on your computer
And what sense would it make?
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20 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

As a non admin user any malware that did take over the computer would only have the abilities of the standard user - it would be unable to access and alter any system settings

Using the UAC will also provide this protection when set at it's highest level
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20 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

thank you for all of the advice, can anyone recommend a decent router? something in the 20-40$ range?
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20 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Can't give specific advice for your market in US but you should be able to find something from the major manufacturers - Linksys, Belkin or d-Link
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21 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

I just checked Pricewatch, Networking Router on Pricewatch.com, and they have a number in your price range, from all of the major manufacturers. I have a Linksys, have had d-Link and Belkin. I don't recall a lot of difference between the major brands. Different features mostly.

I like and can recommend Linksys, a Cisco company now I believe.
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