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Avastfan1

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Vista settings
« on: March 15, 2009, 08:52:30 PM »
Dear Avast Forum,

I'm helping a friend with the computer (Vista) whereas I run XP (hence my lack of familiarity). Could somebody kindly provide some insight for these questions?

- Should one disable Vista's firewall if another firewall (eg. ZoneAlarm) is running?
- Should one disable Windows Defender if another anti-malware program (eg. MBAM) is resident and running?
- Should one disable Vista's 'anti-virus monitoring service' if it doesn't recognise Avast?
- Does Vista recognise Avast as an anti-virus service? Even if it does, should this still be disabled?
   (Avast is set to automatic updates)

Thank you for your time. I look forward to the response!

Best wishes,

Avastfan1

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009, 09:06:43 PM »
Hi Avastfan1!
This is just my personal opinion ;)

- Should one disable Vista's firewall if another firewall (eg. ZoneAlarm) is running?
Yes. (unfortunately this isn't done automatically...)

- Should one disable Windows Defender if another anti-malware program (eg. MBAM) is resident and running?
I'd say thats like you want... but I don't think that WinDef is very effective... so I'd switch it off if there is an other resident anti-malware...

- Should one disable Vista's 'anti-virus monitoring service' if it doesn't recognize Avast?
No - it should recognize Avast!... if not, make it recognize Avast!  ;)

- Does Vista recognize Avast as an anti-virus service? Even if it does, should this still be disabled?
   (Avast is set to automatic updates)
Yes it does recognize Avast! if everything works properly :)
No, don't disable it!

yours
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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 02:22:05 PM »
- Should one disable Vista's firewall if another firewall (eg. ZoneAlarm) is running?
Yes.

- Should one disable Windows Defender if another anti-malware program (eg. MBAM) is resident and running?
No, it's not necessary.

- Should one disable Vista's 'anti-virus monitoring service' if it doesn't recognise Avast?
On contrary, avast should be recognized.

- Does Vista recognise Avast as an anti-virus service? Even if it does, should this still be disabled?
   (Avast is set to automatic updates)
Sometimes, Windows Security Center stop recognizing your antivirus or firewall... So, check your system time and date and also http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=23457.msg193534#msg193534
See also: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/repairwmi.htm
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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009, 04:49:22 PM »
- Should one disable Vista's firewall if another firewall (eg. ZoneAlarm) is running?
Yes. (unfortunately this isn't done automatically...)
- Should one disable Vista's firewall if another firewall (eg. ZoneAlarm) is running?
Yes.

No problem here. One thing to take into account is that for one reason or another this has some problems. Vista does not allow you to set up certain things such as hiding your computer from other computers on the network. This was the only thing I din't like about switching to other Fire walls. It's a mater of personal taste really. I persenaly left Vista's firewall on and feel it's somewhat adequete since I don't go to crazy sites with my comp. I am going to try to activate the Out-bound protection in the Firewall and I'll report on what I find.

- Should one disable Windows Defender if another anti-malware program (eg. MBAM) is resident and running?
I'd say thats like you want... but I don't think that WinDef is very effective... so I'd switch it off if there is an other resident anti-malware...

- Should one disable Windows Defender if another anti-malware program (eg. MBAM) is resident and running?
No, it's not necessary.

I agree with tech. Letting it run does not do harm.

On the last two points I agree with Tech all the way. I had some issues with this recognition but they were solved with a few clicks and two reboots. Just follow the links Tech provided and it should be ok.
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Intel Pentium 4 641 / 2GB RAM / Vista Home Basic SP2 / avast! 5.0 Home / SAS Free / MBAM Free / Windows Defender / Windows Firewall / Spyware Blaster/ Secunia PSI / Firefox 3.6 / Opera 10.5

Core2Duo T8300 / 4GB RAM / Vista Home Premium SP2 (32 bit version) / Same Software.

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 07:01:02 PM »
Vista firewall out bound protection is very hard to configure and you will be playing around with it forever and a day.I highly recommend vista firewall control by sphinx software.You keep vista's firewall it just adds outbound protection.A lot of folks on this forum recommend it to vista users. ;).

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 10:35:35 PM »
Thank you Cod Head,

I neglected to mention that.

Cheers
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Core2Duo T8300 / 4GB RAM / Vista Home Premium SP2 (32 bit version) / Same Software.

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 10:56:56 PM »
- Should one disable Windows Defender if another anti-malware program (eg. MBAM) is resident and running?
No, it's not necessary.
MBAM does not detect modifications to the HOSTS file that some of the latest infections like to modify.

Keep Windows Defender updated daily through its portal:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal <== current v1.55.3.0

Exit Windows Defender then go to the portal then select 32 bit or 64 bit then Run it then start it up.

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 11:05:43 PM »
Keep Windows Defender updated daily through its portal
Doesn't Windows Update do this automatically? ???
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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 11:40:11 PM »
Keep Windows Defender updated daily through its portal
Doesn't Windows Update do this automatically? ???
Unfortunately not that I have seen and maybe on Patch Tuesday but that is only once per month.

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2009, 11:47:47 PM »
Unfortunately not that I have seen and maybe on Patch Tuesday but that is only once per month.
That works on Vista as fair I know, I mean, the automatic updates...
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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2009, 10:28:12 AM »
Unfortunately not that I have seen and maybe on Patch Tuesday but that is only once per month.
That works on Vista as fair I know, I mean, the automatic updates...
Try it and see.

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2009, 02:41:28 PM »
There are a lot of automatic updates of Windows Defender among the Windows Updates for me.
Mine are 1.53.638.0 although... Seems it's not released as soon as it is ready.
But for sure, I won't care manual updating such a weak antispyware tool compared to avast.
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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2009, 03:44:51 AM »
There are a lot of automatic updates of Windows Defender among the Windows Updates for me.
Mine are 1.53.638.0 although... Seems it's not released as soon as it is ready.
But for sure, I won't care manual updating such a weak antispyware tool compared to avast.

Another user recommending using the portal:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=1450 <== see post #8

It may be weak but I have seen Windows Defender detect malware before avast! so I consider it one of my Layered Defense tools.

avast! does not monitor for HOSTS file changes that the latest malware is using to prevent infected users from finding solutions to the infection.

YoKenny

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Re: Vista settings
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2009, 03:49:32 AM »
Vista firewall out bound protection is very hard to configure and you will be playing around with it forever and a day.I highly recommend vista firewall control by sphinx software.You keep vista's firewall it just adds outbound protection.A lot of folks on this forum recommend it to vista users. ;).

I use the Free version and it is adequate for me.

Hi WoT brother  ;)