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Windows 7: Safe Internet Browsing

01 May 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are probably right for the VMware solution. We know the malware risk is low, but it still exists.

On the stick version there is very little risk. It can muck up your stick but that is easy to replace.

The important thing is that you do not transfer files from the Linux system to the normal system without scanning them. Virus Total does a really good job on that. And on the password you are probably right, but it is just such a pain. In Windows I have never used a password for my systems.


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01 May 2013   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

Common sense. All that's needed for safe browsing.
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01 May 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Common sense. All that's needed for safe browsing.
I don't think that common sense is enough. Many people with common sense have caught malware and especially when you are on an open hotspot, anything can happen. A virus is the smallest disease you can get. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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27 Jul 2013   #13
alikhan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

great tutorial, and very well explained. I appreciate the effort you have put creating those videos. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work (:
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14 Nov 2013   #14
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Doesn't this tutorial defeats the purpose of using Windows in the first place? Really, If I were to use Linux for browsing, I would just throw away Windows and install Linux on the real machine and use that full time. For a security tutorial I would have expected to see real methods of making Windows safer that just mounting a Linux on top of it.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Common sense. All that's needed for safe browsing.
BEST ANSWER!!!
Although most users don't practice that frequently. Maybe it's not perfect and "all you need" really, but that makes 90% of viruses run away. For the rest, properly configured firewalls, and updated antivirus and a good system setup can do the rest.
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14 Nov 2013   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no way you can make Windows safe. With all the AV programs and firewalls you are still liable to catch malware. It is in the design of windows. That's why Linux is a good option for browsing. And the Mint version that is shown is a fine operating system that has at least as much appeal as Windows - more than Windows 8 for me.

But there is no obligation to use it. If you feel comfortable on the net using Windows, that's OK.
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14 Nov 2014   #16
jgiels

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I actually use the virtualbox with Zorin for any iffy internet work. Works great. Just make sure to don't allow file sharing.
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14 Nov 2014   #17
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There is no way you can make Windows safe. With all the AV programs and firewalls you are still liable to catch malware. It is in the design of windows. That's why Linux is a good option for browsing. And the Mint version that is shown is a fine operating system that has at least as much appeal as Windows - more than Windows 8 for me.

But there is no obligation to use it. If you feel comfortable on the net using Windows, that's OK.
It really depends on how many user does an OS have that is why Linux and Mac don't get newer malwares.
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15 Jan 2015   #18
hanfuge

Windows 10
 
 

can I stop browser virus by doing these as you mentioned? I always get infected by hijakcer, redirect or somthing like that when I am browsing.
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15 Jan 2015   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try adwcleaner.

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