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Windows 7: Trying to secure my computer ?

26 Aug 2014   #1
MicrosoftSlave

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
Trying to secure my computer ?

Hello Guys and Gals so I am wanting to secure my computer the best I can I am skinto so payed programs arnt for me at the minute

Can someone tell me the best way to secure my computers from the scum that trys to get into it or do whatever it is they do

Any help would be much appreciated and thanks in advance


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26 Aug 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

1. Keep Windows updated
2. Use a strong login password and don't share it about
3. Uninstall Java, or keep it updated
4. Install a free malware product - keep it updated, and scan regularly
5. Scan with an alternate product once in a while (e.g. ESET Online scanner)
6. Watch what you click/download
7. Keep an image of a know clean configuration (e.g. free Macrium Reflect)
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26 Aug 2014   #3
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

My best advice is Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing

Programs launched through Sandboxie don't write to disk as usual, but to a special sandbox area instead. When you close the sandboxed programs and delete the sandbox content, any malware and unwanted modifications will be deleted as well.

You can do a lot of other things in the settings for example block read access to private folders and only allow browsers to access the Internet. You could have another sandbox with admin rights to test new programs that requires elevated rights etc.

The free version will after 30 days display a message about upgrade information for 5 seconds one time every 24 hours. Besides that, almost all functionality is available in the free version. Except: force programs to run sandboxed regardless how they were launched, and use multiple sandboxes simultaneously. I do fine without those features.
A great review here: Sandboxie Review - gHacks Tech News
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26 Aug 2014   #4
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
1. Keep Windows updated
2. Use a strong login password and don't share it about
3. Uninstall Java, or keep it updated
4. Install a free malware product - keep it updated, and scan regularly
5. Scan with an alternate product once in a while (e.g. ESET Online scanner)
6. Watch what you click/download
7. Keep an image of a know clean configuration (e.g. free Macrium Reflect)
Follow this advice and you will be fine.
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26 Aug 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
1. Keep Windows updated
2. Use a strong login password and don't share it about
3. Uninstall Java, or keep it updated
4. Install a free malware product - keep it updated, and scan regularly
5. Scan with an alternate product once in a while (e.g. ESET Online scanner)
6. Watch what you click/download
7. Keep an image of a know clean configuration (e.g. free Macrium Reflect)
This is excellent advice, especially the suggestion for frequent images. That will be your lifeline that can always bail you out. Here is a tutorial on how to deal with that.

I go one step further. I try to stay away from the internet as much as possible with Windows. For the internet I use a virtual Linux system. All that costs me is 1GB of my RAM - no problem if you have 4GB of RAM or more.

Here is how to install it and set it up.

And this is how it looks when it is all set up.
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26 Aug 2014   #6
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Most importantly, keep an eye on what you visit on the web!
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26 Aug 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HarriePateman View Post
Most importantly, keep an eye on what you visit on the web!
With a virtual Linux system you can go to the most 'polluted' website - nothing will happen. And if it does, you can easily restore the virtual system from a backup. The virtual system is only 1 folder which you copy to a safe place.
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26 Aug 2014   #8
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HarriePateman View Post
Most importantly, keep an eye on what you visit on the web!
With a virtual Linux system you can go to the most 'polluted' website - nothing will happen. And if it does, you can easily restore the virtual system from a backup. The virtual system is only 1 folder which you copy to a safe place.
However if you are not using a linux virtual server......
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26 Aug 2014   #9
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HarriePateman View Post
However if you are not using a linux virtual server......
... Sandboxie comes to the rescue
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26 Aug 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sandboxie is very safe but not very convenient for daily use. I found it a bit clumsy. That's why I switched to virtual Linux.
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