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BRANDONN2008

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Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« on: March 27, 2010, 04:05:50 AM »
I know having multiple layers of security is good, but I feel like I have too many programs right now. I need to know if any are redundant, or if you recommend any programs that consolidate some of the layers into one program. Also, running Win 7 Pro 64bit

Resident AV - Avast! 5 Free
On-Demand AV/AM - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
On-Demand AS - SUPERAntiSpyware
Firewall - PC Tools Firewall PLUS
HOSTS Manager - HOSTSMan (am looking for an alternative)
HIPS - None (will have GeSWall when v3 comes out), offer an alternative HIPS if you want
Zero-Day Protection - PC Tools Threatfire
Miscellaneous - NoScript with Firefox
Miscellaneous - WinPatrol to monitor startup programs

I've seen how good Comodo Firewall with Def+ is at blocking malware, maybe it as a firewall and HIPS? Idk.

Please make suggestions. Thank you!

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 08:35:53 AM »
What more to add?

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 08:55:19 AM »
What more to add?

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Sure.. a must have...
and obviously Spyware Blaster.
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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 08:11:20 PM »
lol, more to add?  :)

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010, 08:23:45 PM »
lol, more to add?  :)
Hope you have disabled your autoruns....
You can use this app to stop usb related infections
http://download.cnet.com/USB-FireWall/3000-2239_4-10817831.html
Alternative:
http://research.pandasecurity.com/panda-usb-and-autorun-vaccine/   
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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010, 06:56:09 AM »
Moreover you can use any Virtualization software like Returnil Virtual Systam, Sanboxie etc
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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010, 02:41:43 PM »
Hm..avast as antivirus already good!
Demand scanner can use only malwarebytes if you want!
Firewall is okay
Adding another monitoring like threatfire and winpatrol
I can say too much!

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010, 04:55:38 PM »
Please make suggestions. Thank you!

looks like a rather good config...! :)
i, won't tell u, what 2 drop, since i'm shure u allready thought bout it.
but maybe u want 2 add adblock plus, better privacy (4 lso cookies) and some kind of cookiemanager (eg. cs lite) 2 ur firefox.
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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2010, 04:34:29 AM »
How about adding Immunet Protect so I will have Avast!, Threatfire, and Immunet Protect as my frontline of defense?

Also, has anyone tried Panda Cloud Antivirus? I noticed it did very well on AV-Comparatives other than the false positive rate. I know computing is making a move to the cloud, and a cloud-based antivirus seems good. Please give a response not influenced by the fact this is an Avast! forum. In a couple years I will be removing malware from computers, and the users will be looking to me as to what security programs they should use.

Lastly, is there a browser add-on that performs the same as a HOSTS file? Some of my friends have had problems with HostsMan.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2010, 04:42:21 AM by brandonn2008 »

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2010, 06:58:44 AM »
brandon, Are you finding that SAS works OK with Threatfire installed?
I had some problems with the combo. At the SAS forums they said it was a conflict caused by TF.
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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2010, 08:05:57 AM »
@ brandonn2008

What are the problems your friends are having with HostsMan ???

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2010, 01:41:54 PM »
Well for a light protection:
avast! Free antivirus
Malwarebytes demand scanner
Any other firewall(except ZoneAlarm I guess)
Spywareblaster

For Mozilla is scriptblocker

BRANDONN2008

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010, 03:36:17 PM »
@Tarq57 - I don't actually use SAS anymore since Malwarebytes seems enough for now.

@YoKenny - HostsMan isn't too bad but I was just wondering if there was some URL blocker already built in to something to make it easier for friends and family to deal with.

@Shiw Liang - I'm not sure about changing my firewall, it seems to work well and is recommended on this forum quite a bit. Also, I had SpywareBlaster and it seemed only necessary if you use IE which I don't.

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2010, 03:58:09 PM »
SpywareBlaster works with IE and Firefox:
Secure Your Browser
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html#Browsers

HostsMan can be set to work automatically and I installed it on a neighbor's system yesterday that I had to work on her system that got hit by one of those rogue "Anti Virus" applications prevalent on today's malware infested Internet and I am going to buy a MBAM licence for her as well.

Stick with the firewall you like.

Clean the system before powering off with CCleaner.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download <== make sure you do not install the Yahoo Toolbar.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2010, 04:07:33 PM by YoKenny »

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Re: Any Recommended Changes to the Security Programs I Use?
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2010, 01:49:38 AM »
I've got CCleaner, and love it. I'm still wondering if you think Immunet Protect would be good?