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Windows 7: 3 more things i can do to harden my system?

31 Aug 2014   #11
JohnCoder

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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i added Firefox and then i could not get Firefox to run, so I went in an removed Firefox from the apps list in EMET. I guess i need to RTFM lol.
Yes obviously, because that way Firefox isn't protected by EMET anymore

I wrote some general advice here regarding the new EMET 5.0 that might help if you run into problems
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
Very useful thank you! I have Firefox running now with EMET. Used your info post to uncheck some of the mitigations in the EMET GUI. Also EMET popped up something about SimExecFlow mitigation error when I tried to run Firefox so I unchecked that mitigation also. I mirrored the settings for Firefox with some other apps I added to EMET (Gimp2, 7zip, Libreoffice, etc), so at least they will run; I can gradually check more mitigations with time.


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31 Aug 2014   #12
1PW

 
 

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Don't I kind of need Java on my PC for games and other software?
If you don't need Java at all, you are that much better off. If you do require Java, Use JavaRa to rid your system of older vulnerable versions. Then, understand that Java will likely always be a weakness in your system.
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01 Sep 2014   #13
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

I agree. Java is one of the most vulnerable programs nowadays. If you absolutely need it verify that it's protected by EMET. If you used the recommended setup for EMET it should've added Java's executables.

One more advice: Free Computer Security - Personal Software Inspector (PSI) - Secunia
It checks most of your installed programs for security updates. That's the great thing about it, it doesn't update a program only because there's a new version available. But only if the current version is vulnerable and it's fixed in a new version. And it has a huge list of programs it watches. The default configuration is to update automatically so you might want to change that to manual if you want full control.
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01 Sep 2014   #14
JohnCoder

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

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Don't I kind of need Java on my PC for games and other software?
If you don't need Java at all, you are that much better off. If you do require Java, Use JavaRa to rid your system of older vulnerable versions. Then, understand that Java will likely always be a weakness in your system.
DO i need java? I really do not what if any software requires Java. I use my Windows system for word processing, spreadsheet, some gaming (Skyrim via Steam, Battlenet/Diablo/etc, Unreal Tournament), screenwriting, web/internet/email; music composing with software like PLAY, Kontakt, Cubase, Reaper; video editing with Adobe After Effects and Sony Vegas. Maybe I do not need Java? I guess worst case I remove Java and if an app needs it then i install it at that point in time?
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01 Sep 2014   #15
1PW

 
 

I'm sorry, but I'm not the least bit familiar with which of your applications might require Oracle's Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

But that reads like a good plan anyway, and if JavaRa is properly used, you could be assured of the removal of obsolete and vulnerable remnants.
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01 Sep 2014   #16
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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... Uninstall all current & past versions of Oracle's Java ...
. Don't I kind of need Java on my PC for games and other software?
Java is almost never needed nowadays, and if you do have it installed, at the very least keep it updated constantly, and disable it in your web browser.

Adobe reader is unnecessary, as most browsers have built in pdf support. If you have chrome, you can uninstall adobe flash as it is built into chrome and is constantly updated.

That eliminates the 3 most common attack types right there.
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