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Windows 7: Security In Windows 7

07 Jul 2011   #1
BluePeter

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 
Security In Windows 7

Hi Forum,

This is probably a silly question but I have read a few articles about the matter
recently and am a little puzzled.
I have Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes (free) and the obligatory attached Windows Firewall. I feel this should be more than adequate.
Recently I have seen people advocating putting another Firewall (Zone Alarm etc.) on to systems to replace the Windows one, which they question. Some have run into terrible trouble with their systems (slowing down,BSODs etc) when they did this. Others say it is worthwhile. I am inclined to leave matters as they are. But is there any likelihood of junk getting on to the system by doing so. Googling the matter only brings more confusion and I should prefer the help of experts on the forum for this. Thanks.


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07 Jul 2011   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Peter
Others may disagree, but trust me on this one, you have the same protection that I use; leave it.
You may want to add secunia PSI. It tells you when security on any software needs to be updated.
In addition winpatrol, will tell you when something has changed on your computer. If it is something that you know about and want, great, if not investigate and remove.
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
http://www.winpatrol.com/
Win Patol is a favorite of our own Corrine.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-...re-your-pc.php
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07 Jul 2011   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You are adequately and sufficiently protected, no need to do anything else. Just update the free MBAM regularly and dont bring disaster upon yourself by clicking randomly on popups.
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07 Jul 2011   #4
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I should add that for home users the hardware firewall (NAT) integrated in most routers provides more than adequate protection. In this case the software firewall is needed mainly to keep track of which programs already on the computer want to access the internet. To this end I use the ESET security suite, but others may have other preferences.

I also recommend disabling the pop-ups and using web-based email. This will protect you from almost everything. Just don't go purposefully to malicious sites
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07 Jul 2011   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi BluePeter,

I couldn't agree more with Rich and Bill : what you already have is completely adequate.

Something we tend to forget is to regularly update our Adobe Flash Player, a major component of many web pages but also a major target for carrying malware. Keep that updated regularly if you aren't already doing that:

Adobe - Flash Player : Help - About Updating Adobe Flash Player

Regards,
Golden
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07 Jul 2011   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Thank you for that point, Golden
It is so important that I suggested secunia, it warns whenever your software has a security update. I would not be without it.
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07 Jul 2011   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quite correct Rich - Secunia will inspect and let you know what is out of date.
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07 Jul 2011   #8
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BluePeter View Post
Hi Forum,

This is probably a silly question but I have read a few articles about the matter
recently and am a little puzzled.
I have Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes (free) and the obligatory attached Windows Firewall. I feel this should be more than adequate.
Recently I have seen people advocating putting another Firewall (Zone Alarm etc.) on to systems to replace the Windows one, which they question. Some have run into terrible trouble with their systems (slowing down,BSODs etc) when they did this. Others say it is worthwhile. I am inclined to leave matters as they are. But is there any likelihood of junk getting on to the system by doing so. Googling the matter only brings more confusion and I should prefer the help of experts on the forum for this. Thanks.
Good advice has been offered to you thus far...
Forget the Zone Alarm Firewall. The inbuilt Windows Firewall is considered adequate - even better when used with a Modem / Router Firewall.

Re "junk" on your system -
At risk of being ever so repetitive.......

The best FREE AntiVirus & Malware software / protection is the mind / eye / hand co ordination
& the quality of decisions
made by the the operator
who clicks the mouse etc etc.

In other words think before clicking.
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07 Jul 2011   #9
mjm6783

XP Professional, 7 Professional
 
 
My Grandpa always said..

..if it ain't broke, it don't need fixin'.
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07 Jul 2011   #10
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
In addition winpatrol, will tell you when something has changed on your computer. If it is something that you know about and want, great, if not investigate and remove.
BillP Studios - WinPatrol
Win Patol is a favorite of our own Corrine.
It most certainly is a favorite. In fact, the developer/owner, Bill Pytlovany recently gave his stamp of approval for a WinPatrol forum at LandzDown Forum. I've added a few "How to's" and will add more as time permits.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Something we tend to forget is to regularly update our Adobe Flash Player, a major component of many web pages but also a major target for carrying malware. Keep that updated regularly if you aren't already doing that:

Adobe - Flash Player : Help - About Updating Adobe Flash Player
Adding to Golden's recommendation regarding Adobe, that includes Adobe Reader. Also, don't forget about Java. (Then again, Do You Need Java?)

So, even if you don't follow the advice of richc46 to use Secunia, it is very important to take the time to keep third party software updated along with the Microsoft Security updates.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Good advice has been offered to you thus far...
Forget the Zone Alarm Firewall. The inbuilt Windows Firewall is considered adequate - even better when used with a Modem / Router Firewall.

In other words think before clicking.
Well said!
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