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Discussion in 'General Security' started by nthe10ring, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. nthe10ring

    nthe10ring Thread Starter

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    Have new computer with Windows 8, uninstalling the Norton trial and wonder if the on board Windows Defender and Firewall is enough protection. Also with this new to me system, what would you suggest to download for Malware detection and removal, on my last computer with XP I used Super Anti-Spyware.

    Thanks
    Jerry
     
  2. captainron276

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    You might want to run the Norton removal tool just to be sure.
    https://www-secure.symantec.com/nor...&version=1&pvid=f-home&entsrc=redirect_pubweb

    You could try the Windows Defender and see how it goes, otherwise see below :)


    Many members here recommend Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201 or http://www.avast.com/en-us/index both are free. ONLY USE ONE Anti-Virus program, having more than one will cause problems!

    In conjunction with either of them use both of the following and run them at least once a week.
    Malwarebytes
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam-download.php
    Superantispyware
    http://www.superantispyware.com/down...NTISPYWAREFREE

    Make sure to update their definition files during the install process.
    Make sure to uncheck and decline to install any extras, such as toolbars and homepages, they may offer.
    Make sure to uncheck or decline to use the "Pro" or "Trial" version, if it's offered.
    After they're installed and updated, restart the computer.
    Run a quick scan with each one.
    After each quick scan is finished, select and remove EVERYTHING that was found.
     
  3. nthe10ring

    nthe10ring Thread Starter

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    I have Windows 8 and I beleive that Defender is the same as Windows essentials only now included with Windows 8. Has this worked out well for most folks using this system.

    Jerry
     
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    Hopefully some of the Tech's will chime in. I am using Avast Free along with Malware and SAS on Windows 7 and they compliment each other.
     
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    I would suggest adding sandboxie. It makes your browser look inside a folder and makes it thinks it is the entire drive C. Malware and other bad things that arrive thru your browser is kept inside that folder, which can be wiped away with one click. It is very good protection, as we all interact with the Internet using our browser. And security holes in our browsers enable bad guys to install things without us knowing. We can wait for the browser maker to patch the security hole, ( if they know that the hole exists ). Or we can use antivirus and antimalware to extract the bad thing after the infection. Or we can use Sandboxie to contain the infection and wipe it away clean. To me, the sandboxing approach is the clear winner.
     
  6. PSCO2007

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    Besides Microsoft Security Essentaials for Antivirus, and Superantispyware, ( for malware) I also use
    Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and the best program I have found to warn of bad sites is Web of Trust (WOT) http://www.mywot.com/en/download

    It puts a Green dot at top of page if safe or a yellow (caution) or Red - Danger.

    Since installing, I have never had a virus.
     
  7. nthe10ring

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    Thanks guys, appreciate all the good info. Using the onboard Windows 8 Defender ( Same as MSE previously) ,Malwarebytes, and Superantispywar. So far so good.

    Jerry
     
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