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13 Jun 2010   #1
sandymay

 
 
Windows 7 Security

I really want to make sure I have air tight security and was wondering if someone can confirm if this is good or if I should do more:

1. Windows 7 with all of the latest Microsoft patches.
2. Microsoft Essentials setup
3. Microsoft Firewall enabled
4. Microsoft Whole Drive Encryption performed.
5. User account only used while surfing the net. Admin account only for updates.

Would this setup 100% protect me if I land on a hacked site that attempts to load a nasty payload on my pc. I use my computer for business reasons and want to make sure I'm as safe as possible.


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13 Jun 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi there sandymay

Firstly, there is no such thing as a 100% secure machine. It doesn't exist!

However, as long as you are sitting behind a decent router with a built in NAT firewall (that is basically ANY router) then your security setup looks good to me

Can I also suggest you download the free version of Malwarebytes? Malwarebytes It is a "On Demand Scanner" if you update it and do a full scan once a month as well as using MSE in "real time protection mode" then I think that is a pretty solid setup
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13 Jun 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Your computer is safe, not 100%, but it is safe. The security that you did not add into the mix is called a sandymay. Yes, use your own common sense to surf the net. You know which sites are safe. Stay away from those that are known problems. In additiion I use WOT. when I google it indicates right on the google page the safety rating. It is the Web of Trust. Make a system restore in case you do not like it, instal and try. I like mine

Safe Browsing Tool | WOT Web of Trust
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13 Jun 2010   #4
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I think what rich meant there was a Sandbox not a sandymay this is the one that I use: Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing
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13 Jun 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
I think what rich meant there was a Sandbox not a sandymay this is the one that I use: Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing
LOL sanyboxie is very good, but I meant sandymay (the posters name) use the posters common sense. LOL
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13 Jun 2010   #6
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
I think what rich meant there was a Sandbox not a sandymay this is the one that I use: Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing
LOL sanyboxie is very good, but I meant sandymay (the posters name) use the posters common sense. LOL
ahh yeah that too. Sorry rich thought it was a typo
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13 Jun 2010   #7
sandymay

 
 

Interesting that you mention Sandboxie. On XP, I used a similar setup to what I referenced in my original post, but I had also setup virtual pc. I used the virtual pc for all browsing while the main pc itself was used for accessing financial data, email, etc.

I was planning on not installing virtual pc this time but it sounds like some sort of virtualization is recommended.

I would like to stay with Virtual PC only because it is a Microsoft product. I suspect it works with Win 7?
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13 Jun 2010   #8
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It does indeed it comes bundled with XP mode, but you don't actually need that bit: Download Windows XP Mode

If your Computer doesn't support Hardware Virtualization you will need Packages 1 + 3 otherwise just package 1. Package 2 is XP Mode

(you may have to put your OS as Windows 7 Professional and above to get the download, don't worry you won't be breaking any rules if it isn't as that only applies to XP Mode)
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13 Jun 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello sandymay, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

How to Create a Virtual Machine in Windows Virtual PC
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13 Jun 2010   #10
sandymay

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Your computer is safe, not 100%, but it is safe.
I just thought of something. I know you said it is not 100% safe, but why would that be? If you are running under a user account rather then an administrator account, there is no chance of a system change taking place, isn't that correct?

I know I use a Linux distribution on another terminal of mine and in those forums, uses rave of 100% security is you only use a user account.
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