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14 Feb 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
What should I do?

Ok guys I am looking for a setup that will not effect the performance of my computer to bad, but still keeps me safe from the dangers on the web. I currently have Avast (free version), Malwarebytes (free version) and am running Windows Firewall. Is this protection adequate to protect me from todays threats?


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14 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tyler,

In addition to what you already have, adding a router with a built-in hardware firewall included would help protect you more. It's doesn't need to be an expensive one to help protect you.
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14 Feb 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

You are safe with that security setup, especially when you remember never to open unknown email attachments and use your brain when surfing and installing.

That is a good combination, although I prefer Microsoft Security Essentials over Avast.

Kari
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14 Feb 2010   #4

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

i suggest you use a firewall that blocks OUTGOING connections.

windows firewall doesnīt block by default, it can do it, but that requires a lot of manual configurations by creating rules.

there are FREE really good firewalls available,
take a look at this list : Results and comments - www.matousec.com

Comodo & Pc-Tools are at the top...

BUT, if you choose Comodo, do *NOT* install the "hopsurf-toolbar" !
itīs considered a security risk by experts, (fx. Corrine) and since itīs prechecked when you install,
you *MUST* uncheck those 3 "options".

i really recommend it, have used it on Windows 7 since Windows 7-beta,
works great and also has Defence+, that keeps an eye on every program that wants to run.

also get Winpatrol, which is a "must have-program", itīs a free program that also monitors your PC.
itīs recommended by experts, (Corrine).
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14 Feb 2010   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Tyler,

In addition to what you already have, adding a router with a built-in hardware firewall included would help protect you more. It's doesn't need to be an expensive one to help protect you.
Thanks for the tip.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
You are safe with that security setup, especially when you remember never to open unknown email attachments and use your brain when surfing and installing.

That is a good combination, although I prefer Microsoft Security Essentials over Avast.

Kari
Thanks. I am always safe when surfing the web.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
i suggest you use a firewall that blocks OUTGOING connections.

windows firewall doesnīt block by default, it can do it, but that requires a lot of manual configurations by creating rules.

there are FREE really good firewalls available,
take a look at this list : Results and comments - www.matousec.com

Comodo & Pc-Tools are at the top...

BUT, if you choose Comodo, do *NOT* install the "hopsurf-toolbar" !
itīs considered a security risk by experts, (fx. Corrine) and since itīs prechecked when you install, you *MUST* uncheck those 3 "options".

i really recommend it, have used it on Windows 7 since Windows 7-beta,
works great and also has Defence+, that keeps an eye on every program that wants to run.

also get Winpatrol, which is a "must have-program", itīs a free program that also monitors your PC.
itīs recommended by experts, (Corrine).
Thanks. I think I will try Comodo. Seen really good reviews on SF and somewhere else, can't remember where though
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14 Feb 2010   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Dear hackerman1,

On the link you provided it said Comodo was free, however when I click on the link it doesn't let me download the free one, nor does it provide any leads on where to go.
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14 Feb 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Here it is:
Free Download - The Best Firewall Protection and Anti-Virus Scan Software from Comodo

I had non stop problems with Comodo. It's extremely agressive about which web pages it will let you visit, so good luck to you.
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14 Feb 2010   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks
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14 Feb 2010   #9

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

tylerorr95: http://www.comodo.com/home/download/download.php?prod=firewall

not sure what Jacee linked to...

one thing that "dropped off" while copying the text in my post above: do NOT install the ask.com search engine !

Jaceee: "I had non stop problems with Comodo. It's extremely agressive about which web pages it will let you visit, so good luck to you."

???

Comodoīs firewall doesnīt block any websites.
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