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Windows 7: AV With the Smallest Footprint

13 Jan 2010   #21
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

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Shyam, I think Corrine is a "she" - LOL



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13 Jan 2010   #22
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

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Shyam, I think Corrine is a "she" - LOL
Just a typo, I'm sure.
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13 Jan 2010   #23
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Corrine:

I have installed WinPatrol and we shall see how it goes.

I also have discovered HostsXpert 4.3 from funkytoad.com. I think Jacee also mentioned it in one of his posts.

It is a Hosts File manager and can be used to update, backup, edit, and otherwise maintain the hosts file. Looks to be working OK on Windows 7 32 bit.

My current plan is to try to update my hosts file maybe weekly.

So, I currently have Windows Firewall, MSE, and WinPatrol, with Malwarebytes and Secunia PSI available on demand.

A year ago, I had Windows Firewall, AVG, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Spyware Blaster.
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13 Jan 2010   #24
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

I would have to say NOD32

That's what I'm using and find it to be very light

Give it a try !
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13 Jan 2010   #25
DarkDavil

7 x64/ Back-Track 4
 
 

I heard that Vipre AV +Anti-spyware is good too? Any ideas?
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13 Jan 2010   #26
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Corrine:

I have installed WinPatrol and we shall see how it goes.

I also have discovered HostsXpert 4.3 from funkytoad.com. I think Jacee also mentioned it in one of his posts.

It is a Hosts File manager and can be used to update, backup, edit, and otherwise maintain the hosts file. Looks to be working OK on Windows 7 32 bit.

My current plan is to try to update my hosts file maybe weekly.

So, I currently have Windows Firewall, MSE, and WinPatrol, with Malwarebytes and Secunia PSI available on demand.

A year ago, I had Windows Firewall, AVG, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Spyware Blaster.
Yes, HostsXpert is a Hosts file Manager. However, it does not include a HOSTS File. HostsXpert can be used to update the HOSTS File in Windows Vista/Windows 7. Note, however, from the previous link, Mike Burgess explained:
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HostsXpert is a terrific multi-function Hosts File Manager [screenshot]
Note: no install required, it runs from anywhere ...
You will need to turn off the DNS Client service manually [info here]When updating the HOSTS file make sure to use the Replace option, rather than Merge
You can subscribe to the "Hosts News" RSS feed to know when updates are issued. For example, from: MVPS HOSTS File Update JAN-12-2010
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The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [JAN-12-2010]
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
Download: hosts.zip (149 kb)
http://www.mvps.org/***********/hosts.zip
How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file
How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file
HOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questions
How To: MVPS Hosts File FAQ
Note: the "text" version makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections ...
http://www.mvps.org/***********/hosts.txt (606 kb)
As to WinPatrol, more information is available here: WinPatrol Features . From recent indications in Facebook, it appears that an updated version is in the works.
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13 Jan 2010   #27
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Corinne:

Yes, I understand that HostsXpert does not have a hosts file. But it is able to retrieve and install the most recent hosts file available from MVPS, which is what I have done.

Also have DNS service disabled. I had not noticed that it was slowing me down, but I have it set to manual nonetheless.

Thanks for the WinPatrol links---I don't yet have a good grasp of what it does or can do.
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13 Jan 2010   #28
TheIgster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

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I heard that Vipre AV +Anti-spyware is good too? Any ideas?
Vipre is indeed very light.

Not yet proven though in the testing world and in the one test I saw it in, it didn't fair very well, but then again, that was only one test.
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13 Jan 2010   #29
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

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Thanks for the WinPatrol links---I don't yet have a good grasp of what it does or can do.
You're welcome.

BTW, since you are using HostsXpert, on the Options tab, you will want to disable monitoring of the HOSTS file. Here's a couple of examples --

1) Malware strikes and attempts to turn off UAC. WinPatrol will notify you and attempt to reverse the change unless you say not to because the change was made by you.

2) Something attempts to disable Windows Update. Again, WinPatrol will notify you. If you made the change, then you approve it.

3) The Recent tab is interesting as it shows you what else was included/changed when the last software was installed.

4) Its easy to remove or add programs to Start-up with WinPatrol.

5) Want to temporarily disable an Active X because of a vulnerability until its patched?

The main thing is that if you are installing software and expecting changes is one thing, but if suddenly Scotty barks and wants approval to change your start page, you know you've been hijacked.

I could go on and on but will stop here. I hope you have fun with WinPatrol and find it as useful as I have.
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13 Jan 2010   #30
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkDavil View Post
I heard that Vipre AV +Anti-spyware is good too? Any ideas?
Someone was emphasing VIPRE to me on several occastions when mentioning I was running AVG. Presently only the IE security is active with that to see just how well the MSE will do. The security bar was re-enabled due to the trojan getting through problem mentioned earlier!
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