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Windows 7: Win 7 Pro Security

29 Dec 2019   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Win 7 Pro Security

I use CCleaner Superantispyware and Malwarebytes monthly. I run Microsoft Security Essentials. What is the best way to protect my system when Windows 7 is no longer supported?

Any advice or opinion is appreciated.

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29 Dec 2019   #2

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring


Plenty of free AV's out there.
If your using a VPN i'd opt for Panda
Bitdefender is in my opinion the best for LEAST user interaction
Kaspersky on the other hand goes totally the other way - but your in the USA
Avast/Avira, (owned by the same company)

just a couple, plenty more out there.

IE11 will also not be updated, also turn it OFF.

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29 Dec 2019   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Thanks for the info. Not running VPN. Does VPN give additional protection besides hiding my identity?
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29 Dec 2019   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Malwarebytes and Security Essentials is a good combination. Although the platform won't be further updated after Jan 14th, definition updates will still be provided on a regular basis. Microsoft's official position is "MSE will not protect you after 14 Jan"; but in reality it will provide excellent protection unless there is a significant vulnerability in the platform itself (i.e. the scanning "engine").

And it's not at all clear that Microsoft may not in fact violate their own stated policy, since they WILL be providing security updates for Windows 7 users who elect to purchase their ESU plan, which will provide security updates for Windows 7 for up to 3 more years [$50 for the first year; $100 for the second; and $200 for the 3rd] So if a vulnerability is discovered in the MSE platform, it seems likely the will resolve it -- the only question is whether users without ESU will receive the update. In any event, I'm certain such an update would be quickly publicized, so you'd at least know what the risk was of continuing to use an unpatched MSE.
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29 Dec 2019   #5

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

After trying various others, I find Kaspsersky Free AV good on my Win7, although the updates tend to slow my 4GB down a fair bit for a few minutes [Er, actually it's just 2GB. Yikes]. Not too much nagging, but check when installing for the agreements - after the essential one (or two, I'm not sure now) it goes on to put up another two EULA that aren't essential and give them more permissions than you might like.

I'd say it's important to have something with live scanning, for when opening or copying files, and a good set of addons/plugins on your browser, rather than a routine monthly, weekly or even daily scan. When there's an infected file, you want it caught immediately, or it'll mess with the system before you've had time to find it, and getting rid of viruses is sometimes an enormous and complex task. Kaspersky has a browser addon for most browsers, I think (certainly has for Firefox). The other browser addon I'd recommend is UBlock Origin, which works pretty well out of the box to block security and tracking issues, blocking access to dodgy sites and stripping pages of dicey content.

Longer term, one of the problems with W7 not being supported is that other software providers also start to abandon it. I've kept my XP machine running for ages, but now just offline, and several programs I kept it for stopped putting out XP updates. Not a massive problem if you just stick with a version that works, but sometimes irritating if your favourite program is being developed and has great new features, but you can't use them without upgrading your Windows version.

Depending on how you use the system and apps, there's the other option of a dual-boot system with something like Linux, keeping Windows offline and only downloading what it needs via the Linux system...I've not learned much about what this would involve yet - I'm just working out options myself. I'm thinking it's time to abandon Windows and go full Linux, but it's a wrench losing a few pieces of software that it won't run (the same, even under Wine or whatever). I've got really used to writing scripts in AutoHotkey, for example, to make my computer do all sorts of things it wouldn't otherwise, and write whole programs, and I'll have to learn a new programming/script language for Linux, probably Python. Finally found the best note-taking, text-grabbing software, CintaNotes, only to find that doesn't have a Linux version either. Eventually, I'll get used to the change - I've dabbled with Linux already.
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29 Dec 2019   #6
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1

If you plan to be online a lot, I would use a paid AV. Personally, I am using the premium version of Malwarebytes. It does its thing very seamlessly and quietly, I hardly know it's there. Updating is fast, too. And they gave me a great deal on extra machines. I now have it on 3 of them.

If you're not going to be online much, MSE + regular MB is fine. I'm sure others have their own views, there are many options. But this is my experience, FWIW.
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29 Dec 2019   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

"...IE11 will also not be updated, also turn it OFF...." Disabling it in Windows Feature or Services, correct? I'm going to remember that also for MSE and WD.
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30 Dec 2019   #8

Windows 10 Pro x64

Please install all available important Windows updates, you can check and install Windows updates by opening "Start Menu --> Control Panel --> Windows Update" applet and click "Check for updates".

Patch My PC Home Updater is a free, easy-to-use program that keeps over 300 apps up-to-date on your computer. It is an easy way to update or install any of these programs on your computer. It is a free and very useful tool that allows you to keep your computer secure by automatically updating older versions of installed software so that possible security vulnerabilities are patched.

Make sure to keep your antivirus software up to date.

You should be very careful with usage of the peer-to-peer file sharing programs, these file sharing programs are use to infect computers. It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading manipulated files via peer-to-peer tools and thus suggested to be used with intense care.

Even with antivirus software watching your back, follow these rules to reduce your risk of infection:

  • Open only attachments that you’re expecting. If you receive something unexpected from a friend, don’t open it. Instead, email or phone that person to ask whether he or she really sent you something. Your friend’s computer might be infected and trying to infect your computer, as well.
  • Be wary of items arriving in email that ask for a click. For example, if you receive a message saying somebody wants to be a Facebook friend, don’t click it. Instead, visit Facebook from your browser and look to see whether the person is listed on your “waiting to be friended” list. The more emailed links you can avoid, the safer you’ll be.
  • If you receive an important-looking email from a financial institution that asks you to click a link and type in your name and password, don’t do it. Instead, visit your financial institution’s website through your web browser and log in there. Chances are good that there’s nothing wrong with your account, and that email was only trying to steal your username and password. (This type of scam is often called phishing).
  • If you prefer running a third-party antivirus programs, you’re welcome to do so. But don’t run two third-party antivirus programs and firewall at same time, because they often quarrel.
  • Avoid websites that provide pirated material. If you have to download a file from the Internet, an email, an FTP site, a file-sharing service, etc., scan it before you run it. A good anti-virus software will do that automatically, but make sure it is being done.
  • Never use the same password, especially on your bank account. If you use the same password for everything, or on many things, and it is discovered, then it takes only seconds to hack your account. Use a strong password. Use lower case, upper case, numbers, and symbols in your password. Keep it easy to remember but difficult to guess. Do not use dates or pet names.
  • Some pop-up windows or boxes will attempt to corner you into downloading software or accepting a free "system scan" of some type. Often these pop-ups will employ scare tactics to make you believe you need what they are offering in order to be safe. Close the pop-up without clicking anything inside it (including the X in the corner). Close the window via Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Delete).
  • Never use illegal file-sharing services if you do you're on your own if you enter this realm. There is little quality control in the world of illegal software, and it is easy for an attacker to name a piece of malware after a popular movie, album, or program to tempt you into downloading it.
  • No matter which browser you use, keeping it current is vital to preventing infection. Take advantage of your browser's pop-up blocking, download screening, and automatic update features.
  • You can drastically reduce the risk of an infection by knowing what and from where you are downloading a file. We recommend that you install a site advisor like Norton Safe Web or Bitdefender Traffic Light which will help you decide if the site is trustworthy or not. As a general rule it’s recommended that you download files from known and reputable sites that have confirmed that the download is malware free. If you are unsure about the quality of a download, leave the site and research the software you are being asked to install. If it is OK, you can always come back to site and install it. If it is not OK, you will avoid a malware headache.
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30 Dec 2019   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Freebooter, can patch my pc home updater be set to only alert me and let me decide which apps to update?
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30 Dec 2019   #10

Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Freebooter, can patch my pc home updater be set to only alert me and let me decide which apps to update?
I have no idea its a portable program see you can schedule a scan.
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