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Windows 7: Security Tool Bag


20 May 2010   #1

Win7
 
 
Security Tool Bag

I've primarily used either OS X or Linux at home while using Windows primarily at work. I just purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 and have read that the attack vector for the OS has shrunk for Windows 7, and that the increase in vulnerabilities has focused on applications. As I prepare to secure and protect my new investments, I am planning on keep all my apps up to date, running an effective AV solution, and utilizing some sort of malware utility. I've used the combo av/firewall/malware/spyware solution in the past but they bogged down the system. What approaches are people finding the most successful? So far I am really liking Windows 7 and would hate to have to shell out all that cash for other Mac

Seag33k

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20 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Hello seag33k and welcome.

If I get your post right you want suggestions for security software.

Well your not in Apple ville surrounded by Penguins anymore.(Thats just a joke)

If you want good security in windows the best way to go is layered.

I use...

ESET Smart security. You pay but you rest with the best.
Malwarebytes.
Superantispyware.
A squared.
IOBIT 360
Most all except ESET are free.

But with these your very safe.
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20 May 2010   #3

Win7
 
 

Thanks for the great suggestions. I've heard of Eset and Malwarebytes. Is Superantispyware better than spybot S&D? I'll look up the other software as well.

Seag33k
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20 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

I don't have anything bad to say about Spybot S&D. But I don't see a need for it anymore and quite useing it about 4 years ago. The rest make up for it.
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21 May 2010   #5

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

http://www.sevenforums.com/system-se...nti-virus.html

"What approaches are people finding the most successful?"

Everyone finds a different approach more successful than others. It's up to you to decide. The best one for you depends on whether you want control over what is allowed on your system or whether you want a program to do that for you, your knowledge of computers, etc.

I feel that Norton 2010 is enough for me but for that extra peace of mind, I use Sandboxie. Sandboxie along with an anti-virus and anti-malware (on-demand) is something I would recommend. However, there are many, many, many more solutions you can look into.

You can get ideas from: What is your security setup these days? - Wilders Security Forums

For example: GeSWall, Defense Wall, Returnil, Shadow Defender, Mamutu, Online Armor, etc.
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21 May 2010   #6
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
Thanks for the great suggestions. I've heard of Eset and Malwarebytes. Is Superantispyware better than spybot S&D? I'll look up the other software as well.

Seag33k
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
http://www.sevenforums.com/system-se...nti-virus.html

"What approaches are people finding the most successful?"

Everyone finds a different approach more successful than others. It's up to you to decide. The best one for you depends on whether you want control over what is allowed on your system or whether you want a program to do that for you, your knowledge of computers, etc.

I feel that Norton 2010 is enough for me but for that extra peace of mind, I use Sandboxie. Sandboxie along with an anti-virus and anti-malware (on-demand) is something I would recommend. However, there are many, many, many more solutions you can look into.

You can get ideas from: What is your security setup these days? - Wilders Security Forums

For example: GeSWall, Defense Wall, Returnil, Shadow Defender, Mamutu, Online Armor, etc.
Hi seag33k,
As well as the advice malexous has given you, I suggest you do have a look at SuperAntiSpyware. It is a well respected program, is available in both free & paid versions, has a helpful & well supervised Forum & online support. I recommend giving it a try.


Another program for you to consider is SpywareBlaster. [ free & paid versions available]


Both programs listed above run happily with an Anti Virus program & Windows 7.

Should you have futher questions please let us know.

SUPERAntiSpyware.com | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!

Javacool Software
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21 May 2010   #7

Win7
 
 

Thanks for all the suggestions!! Thus far I've put together a list of needed protection methods:

-Anti-Virus
-Anti-Malware/Spyware/rootkits/.....
-Anti-Keylogger
-Sandbox solution
-Firewall - Or is the built in Windows 7 Firewall fine?

Am I missing something? I like the idea of using one product that can do 70% to 80% of the tasks and add the other individually. I am sure you may have a few tools you double up on like anti-malware/spyware/rootkit scanners when you might suspect somethings got a hold of your system.

So far I like what I've read from:
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5.0
Peerblock
Sandboxie - But I am not sure how confident I am in the software. If I were venturing into untrusted territory, I may use vmware player with a read-only live linux distro

Thanks for the help getting back in the Windows game!
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21 May 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Please note that ESET, while it is a good software at stopping and killing viruses etc. It will also (I have only noticed this at this specific time) cripple your system by not allowing you to download certain items from the internet, such as pictures, when the license as lapsed.
This to me is a big no no. I do not know if they still do that, but they have in the past.
I do not respect a software company that cripples a personal system in any way to force you to uninstall or pay for a license. I do recommend the free online scanner when needed though.

Just an FYI.
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21 May 2010   #9

 
 

this is what i use and i have not had a virus infection or infact nothing has got pass this lineup:

- Avast anti virus (free version)
-Malwarebytes anti-malware (paid)
- superantispyware (free version)
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21 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

AV-Comparatives is an independent organisation that tests the anti-virus products. There is no perfect Anti-Virus software, different AVs suit different people.

Here is a graph from their February Report

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Take into consideration that Av comparatives only test AVs virus detecting abilities not the whole product.

To stop AV from bogging down your comp i would choose an AV that is light on system resources like Avast (right now avast is using less then 4MB of ram ) or MSE.

I use Avast 5, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware free and Windows firewall (plus my router's firewall). All of this is completely Free.


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