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Windows 7: Too much/little security

17 May 2010   #21
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

if u want something free use avast

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17 May 2010   #22
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

As usual, it appears everyone is just recommending their preference.

If your router has a firewall then Windows Firewall is certainly good for a firewall that you don't have to "personalize". If you are happy and feel comfortable with Zone Alarm then decide for yourself which you want to use.

You can try different anti-virus programs but Avira is a good one. I would also recommend Avast! 5 Free if you want to try another vendor. With your computer practices, I believe, a free one is enough (There isn't much evidence that a paid one is better than a free one, anyway).

If you want another layer that, I believe, shouldn't conflict with your set-up and will need very little intervention then you should look into Sandboxie.
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17 May 2010   #23
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Since you acknowledge your noob status, one other protective measure to consider that is not often mentioned is the <hosts> file located in the System32/Drivers/etc directory.

Go to Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File to read about and DL the latest version, which is updated approximately monthly.

Monk
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17 May 2010   #24
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, makeshiftpat. Welcome to SevenForums. You've asked good questions and received great responses!

I would like to add to what the others have said about Advanced System Care. From what I have seen too many times, more damage than good is done by registry cleaners.
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17 May 2010   #25
Nem

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Archlinux x86_64. Elementary Luna
 
 

Theirs nothing wrong with ASC (Advanced System Care) i never had any problems with the registry cleaner or any other part of it. Sure it finds a great load of Keys it wants to delete.. browse through em to see what it's going to be cleaning up.. it also has other great features to it.

Recently I've Uninstalled it as i don't feel i need it anymore (switched back to CCleaner & Wise Disk Cleaner).
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17 May 2010   #26
makeshiftpat

Windows 7 Home Premium (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
As usual, it appears everyone is just recommending their preference.

If your router has a firewall then Windows Firewall is certainly good for a firewall that you don't have to "personalize". If you are happy and feel comfortable with Zone Alarm then decide for yourself which you want to use.

You can try different anti-virus programs but Avira is a good one. I would also recommend Avast! 5 Free if you want to try another vendor. With your computer practices, I believe, a free one is enough (There isn't much evidence that a paid one is better than a free one, anyway).

If you want another layer that, I believe, shouldn't conflict with your set-up and will need very little intervention then you should look into Sandboxie.
Great! I feel comfortable with ZA and my AV. I will try Sandboxie and see if that runs smoothly without interfering with my other securities.
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17 May 2010   #27
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

@Makeshiftpat: It's not for me to say but thanks for posting back with your decision; if nothing else, it answers the question, "Well, after all was said and done, what'd he do?"

Monk
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17 May 2010   #28
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Good poiont, HMonk!
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