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Windows 7: What security setup do you have?

13 Jan 2012   #561
joodoo

Windows 7 Pro x86; Pro x64; Home Prem x64; and others....
 
 

Hardware firewall, Router, Windows Firewall, WOT, safe browsing habits (not) and enough experience to know how to kill malware before it gets embedded. That is it on my machine. Oh, and the most effective weapon in my modest arsenal; old and current system/disk images.
No AV/AM.

Edit: Forgot to mention my virtual machine(s).


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13 Jan 2012   #562
blueyepez69

windows 7 no idea of 64 or 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EarlZ View Post
UAC disabled, Windows Firewall and Nod32 x64 antivirus, nothing else needed really.

Im wondering if i should switch to Nod32 security suit or just stay with the free windows firewall.
Hey i am new to the forums, what is nod32? & what is UAC and should i turn it off?

I use windows firewall and spy bot verizon security suite which kinda idk sucks. It keeps giving me a pop-up about something being wrong.. its. 5 bucks a month on my Fios bill.
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14 Jan 2012   #563
bingefeller

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bingefeller View Post
Hi guys,

After reading this thread I'm a little confused if I have enough security protection.

Currently I have a router firewall and Windows Firewall turned on.

I also have Microsoft Security Essentials installed and running.

Do I need to do anything else?
Hi BingFeller,

You already have a good setup. The general recommendation is to have a layered approach to security, so you might consider also using the FREE version of Malwarebytes to do the odd occasional scan (since its the free version, you will have to update it manually prior to every scan so it picks up the latest malware definitions).

Apart from that, be careful what you download, and make sure Adobe Reader and FlashPlayer, and Java, are updated regularly. Use this tutorial to help you identify if they require updating.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...inspector.html

Regards,
Golden
Hi Golden,

Thanks for the reply. I downloaded the free version of Malwarebytes, although I didn't install it yet. I'm a little confused how this program works, does this program run at start or can I run it manually? If I choose to run it manually should I also have Microsoft Security Essentials running too?
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14 Jan 2012   #564
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Since its the free version, you can only run it manually - remember to update it before you start the scan. MSE will already be resident on your PC, so you only need to ensure that MSE is physically not in the process of scanning before you run a Malwarebytes scan. Note : just because MSE is installed and resident on your system, it doesn't mean you cannot run another anti-virus program - its just recommended that both do not scan at the same time.

Regards,
Golden
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14 Jan 2012   #565
AussieGuy92

 
 

current: MSE, Malwarebytes Pro W/ Realtime Protection and windows firewall behind router/modem i have norton 360 that i could put on if i really want to instead of MSE.
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14 Jan 2012   #566
bingefeller

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Since its the free version, you can only run it manually - remember to update it before you start the scan. MSE will already be resident on your PC, so you only need to ensure that MSE is physically not in the process of scanning before you run a Malwarebytes scan. Note : just because MSE is installed and resident on your system, it doesn't mean you cannot run another anti-virus program - its just recommended that both do not scan at the same time.

Regards,
Golden
Thanks, I will get the Malwarebytes installed now
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14 Jan 2012   #567
AlvitrValkyrie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My main antivirus is Trend Micro Titanium AV+
Pro: It's really cheap, has a scanner, and a great firewall. Really does block a lot.
Con: The scanner is lame.

As a backup scanner, I have HitmanPro 3.5
Pro: Is a cloud scanner, will boot before windows, to clean especially pesky malware that likes to hide, and uses GData, Emisisoft, Prevx, Dr.Web, and Ikarus. It does all this without causing issues with other security programs. Comes in portable edition. Saved my system when I had a massive breach.
Con: Doesn't seem to find the same things consistently, even if they are still there. False positives a lot (XChat, etc)

To scan for kits, I've got Kaspersky's TDSSKiller.
Pro: Works great! Insanely fast, and portable.
Con: ....yet to find one

I'm putting the big guns together: Superantispyware and Spybot
Pro: Both have the best definitions, and Spybot comes in portable form. Scans are very thurough.
Con: SASpyware tends to use 500MB of RAM on my system, but no prob b/c I've got 8. May be an issue with those with older computers.

Unless mentioned, none are resource hogs. I use to use Trend Micro's Rubotted for bot protection, but it's incompatible with the most recent version of Winpcap, which you need for wireshark, nmap, etc. I'm using Trend Micro's Browser Guard. Name is self explanatory.

Malwarebytes didnt work for me. Always conflicted with my other programs, and Hitman has better definitions anyhow!
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15 Jan 2012   #568
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jloc View Post
Windows 7 Ultimate with UAC.
Malwarebytes Anti Malware set to run scans every day.
NOD 32 active all the time.
Adblock Plus on Firefox.
LastPass for Firefox.
Sandboxie.

Hiyya and welcome jloc You don't mention what version of MBAM you are using as I said to Paranoid the full version can conflict with your man suite mate
It's the Malwarebytes Anti Malware FREE version, don't see a point in buying the full version if I already have NOD32. Thanks for the tip though
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15 Jan 2012   #569
bingefeller

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Well, after reading this thread I now have the following programs installed:

Microsoft Security Essentials running all the time.
Malware Bytes to do occasional scans.
Superantispyware to do occasional scans.
Windows Firewall

Hopefully I'm well protected with all of these things :3
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15 Jan 2012   #570
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bingefeller View Post
Well, after reading this thread I now have the following programs installed:

Microsoft Security Essentials running all the time.
Malware Bytes to do occasional scans.
Superantispyware to do occasional scans.
Windows Firewall

Hopefully I'm well protected with all of these things :3
Sounds like a good solid setup

A Guy
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