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Windows 7: Security Tool Bag

21 May 2010   #11
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
Thanks for all the suggestions!! Thus far I've put together a list of needed protection methods:

-Anti-Virus
-Anti-Malware/Spyware/rootkits/.....
-Anti-Keylogger
-Sandbox solution
-Firewall - Or is the built in Win7 Firewall fine?

Thanks for the help getting back in the Windows game!
Has your router a firewall?
If so, this coupled with Window's inbuilt firewall should provide adequate protection.


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21 May 2010   #12
seag33k

Win7
 
 

I use an Untangle server as my home firewall which offers much more protection than a simple NAT or SPI firewall.

Multi-functional Firewall Software - Open Source Content Filter & Spam Filter | Untangle.com

I am more concerned when I have my laptop offsite or coffee shops. I've looked at the av comparatives reports. I wonder if any of these products offer effective maleware protection as well?
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21 May 2010   #13
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
I use an Untangle server as my home firewall which offers much more protection than a simple NAT or SPI firewall.

Multi-functional Firewall Software - Open Source Content Filter & Spam Filter | Untangle.com

I am more concerned when I have my laptop offsite or coffee shops. I've looked at the av comparatives reports. I wonder if any of these products offer effective maleware protection as well?
Are you considering a paid or free product?
Re your question. You will find the information you receive will usually be an opinion only. It may require more examination / reading on your part to evaluate as to what will suit you specifically.
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21 May 2010   #14
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

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I've looked at the av comparatives reports. I wonder if any of these products offer effective maleware protection as well?
For what ever the reason,, and it does elude me, no, not really, some a little better than others, but honestly, Malwarebytes and Spybot both are vastly superior. Maybe it is because the others do not have a dedicated team to integrating only that into the software. But this is just as Malwarebytes and Spybot do not focus on viruses. You would think that some of the Antivirus suites out there would do a much better job at development of AntiMalware in their suites, they just don't. They make a half hearted attempt, but fail.
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22 May 2010   #15
seag33k

Win7
 
 

I don't mind paying for a good product, especially if that helps the company continue producing superior technology.

That kind of make sense. Its hard to be an expert in all areas (AV, Spyware/maleware, rootkits, key loggers) when you try to be a jack of all trades.

How do AV Comparatives test results measure in the real world? Have people found their highest rated products to perform similarly when venturing out in the wild?

What firewalls are people using? Comodo? Zone Alarm? Last I used ZA, it sucked all my resources!

Thanks for the great feedback! Hopefully others find this useful as well.

Seag33k
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22 May 2010   #16
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
I wonder if any of these products offer effective maleware protection as well?
AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Potentially Unwanted Applications
MRG Archive Malware Research Group
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
real world?
AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Dynamic Test
AV-Test.Org Releases Real-World Malware Protection Report - Security Watch
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by si8mon View Post
To stop AV from bogging down your comp i would choose an AV that is light on system resources
Best Performing (Speed and Memory Usage) Antivirus and Internet Security for 2010 Raymond.CC Blog
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22 May 2010   #17
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seag33k View Post
What firewalls are people using? Comodo? Zone Alarm? Last I used ZA, it sucked all my resources!
When I tried ZA on XP years ago I had a problem with one of its processes taking up 100% CPU. It appeared to be a common problem but I know people that currently use it without any issues.

I only know of one pure firewall, excluding Windows Firewall. Look 'n' Stop. Apparently, it is excellent. Most firewalls have extra components such as HIPS. Comodo, Defense Wall, Outpost Firewall Pro, Malware Defender, etc.

Like JMH, I would recommend just using Windows 7 Firewall along with Untangle.
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22 May 2010   #18
kucing13

 

nevertheless, try to minimize the additional tools/software in your pc. Moderately I'd say. Avoid "Too many" let it be AV,AM,AS etc.
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22 May 2010   #19
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kucing13 View Post
nevertheless, try to minimize the additional tools/software in your pc. Moderately I'd say. Avoid "Too many" let it be AV,AM,AS etc.
I was just looking at this thread: My Security Setup, Can Anything Bypass It? - Wilders Security Forums

Study the first post...then read the second post.
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22 May 2010   #20
kucing13

 

thanx for the thread. that what i've said, avoid "too many" mate
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