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Discussion in 'General Security' started by PE_Mac, Jun 11, 2013.

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  1. PE_Mac

    PE_Mac Thread Starter

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    Last spring, we purchased a laptop for our granddaughter to use when she went to college. I removed the security on it and replaced the windows firewall with Comodo and replaced McAfee with Microsoft Security Essentials. When she got to school, she couldn't download assignments and take the online tests. She says all the other suite mates in her dorm could get them with no problems, so she used their laptops for her online assignments. I can only assume it is either Comodo or MSE causing the problem.

    I have now restored the laptop to its original factory state and am wondering what would be best to do for security. Is it safe to leave it like Windows 7 initially has it? Does the McAfee that comes on it stay free or will it be a pay software later? Thanks for any suggestions.

    The laptop is an Acer Aspire 5733Z-4633

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  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Hello PE_Mac,

    I'm glad to hear that you knew off the bat to remove McAfee and install something better. This software is resource-intensive and you will have to pay for continued protection. To address it first and foremost -- no, it is not safe to leave Windows 7 as it is out of the box.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is what I install on my computer and every computer I work on; it is also the #1 recommended antivirus program here on TSG. Needless to say, I love it.

    Your granddaughter's problem likely lies with Comodo. While using Comodo offers an additional layer of protection, it probably isn't recognizing the university links as trustworthy and blocks the connection.

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    Since you've formatted the laptop to factory conditions, I would do the following in this order:

    1) Download and install all Windows updates.

    2) In Programs and Features, uninstall all the "bloatware" that the computer manufacturer put on the OS before shipping it.

    3) Uninstall the McAfee trial.

    4) Install Microsoft Security Essentials -- don't forget to download all available updates.

    5) Turn on Windows Firewall.

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    This should offer the computer more than enough protection, keep it running smoothly, and save you some money.
     
  3. PE_Mac

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    Thanks so much. I will definitely follow your advice.

    PegM
     
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    I concur. Stick with the built-in Windows 7 firewall and get rid of the McAfee trial and install MSE(which is very user-friendly).

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    Hopefully, your granddaughter has safe and responsible computing habits. If she doesn't, you'll be re-doing that laptop again.

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  5. TheShooter93

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    Always the best protection. (y)

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  6. Gomar

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    Are you protecting against theft, viruses, copying of her work?

    Wow, those kids who let her use their laptops to do her work sure are dumb! What's the point of having security on your system if you let anyone use it? For all I know my roommate could install a keylogger, a trojan, or while using it to surf the net get a virus.
    Or hack my emails, copy pics of my tuhis and post all over twitter, steal my passwords to techguy and facebook and then curse out my friends.
    Dont let anyone use your computers, no matter what their sob story is.
     
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