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Computer Infection Protection

Post by Jake Reason on Fri May 24, 2013 10:49 am

Those pesky computer infections!

Malware, Viruses, Trojans, Key Loggers, etc...

Everyone gets them sometime or another. Once I was hit so hard that it took 3 days to make my computer operational again. But those kind are rare. It's the little ones that bother us most. You know its there but you don't know what it is, where it came from or what it's doing. Paranoia is probably the worst part of it all.

Here is what I do. And it works quite well.

Firstly, I operate a PC with a Microsoft Windows OS. And I use both Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.

If you have a Mac/Apple or another Operating System (OS), the programs listed below are available for your system as well.


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Re: Computer Infection Protection

Post by Jake Reason on Fri May 24, 2013 11:39 am

I have learned to not trust the "firewalls" that come with Operating Systems or pre-installed on new computers. You can't delete the Windows firewall, but it can be turned off. Other Brand Name Pre-installed Firewalls are IMO, best uninstalled to be sure they are not forwarding any info to the net.

There are numerous Firewalls of course. And there are numerous computer Geeks websites that make professional recommendations. I took some advice and use "Outpost Firewall Pro". There are a few others as trusted. Purchased Firewall companies have the most staff, and therefore better informed updates.

A good first line of defense. But pesky infections can still get through the best...

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Re: Computer Infection Protection

Post by pman35 on Fri May 24, 2013 12:33 pm

Best one on the market at the moment is eset smart security , its a complete package , firewall , antivirus , malware protection email protection etc.


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Post by Jake Reason on Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:36 am

Thanks Pman.

Single all encompassing security programs can work well for people living average lives without awareness and/or concerns of system overlording. They can simply purchase one of the top five "Suite" Security programs, set it to automatic everything and forget about it. And when their computer develops problems, they can take it into their local repair shop, drop a couple hundred dollars and hope for the best. Or simply buy another computer and pay a clerk to transfer all their files over.

I have a friend who does this. He's not concerned about Big Brother or White Collar Criminal Corporations, and doesn't care one way or another. I think the vast majority of people approach life this way.

However, this not the best possible world. It's a jungle! And the more one takes an active interest in the cutting edge of Global Affairs, the more prying eyes they will attract. And so to rely upon one company's software to automatically provide full protection of ones life and data, is not a prudent approach.

The old, "all eggs in one basket" is a risky role of the dice. Wink

Of course, no one can fully escape Big Brother and stay on-line. Such if life from now on. But we can try to keep the White Collar Criminals away. Like in the Jungle, there are friends and foes, animals of every kind.

What I do for on-line security is not full-proof, but merely adds numerous layers of protection to "reduce to a minimum" the prospect of contamination




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Post by Jake Reason on Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:58 am

Now a quick overview.....

Many University Geeks who earn income by doing computer fix/tune-ups for students, recommend using at least two virus/malware programs.

And of course they prefer the freebies.

If you research on-line professional reviews of such programs, the only people who squawk the most about how limited freebies are and push the paid-for programs, are people who earn their respect or even some income by embellishing 'paid-for' software. Everyone has to earn a living. But beware, software companies employ full-time PR to search the net for review sites and pitch their pitch. Often anonymously.

However the freebies DO work very well. And will work as well, or even better, if you use them in tandem, and use them, frequently. Layers of an onion.

I use four programs. Twice as good as two. Wink

What one or two don't catch, another does. Cool




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Re: Computer Infection Protection

Post by Jake Reason on Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:45 am

In a Nutshell...

Firewall - noted above.

1. Spybot Search & Destroy with TeaTimer
2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
3. SUPERAntiSpyware
4. CCleaner


Why and How I use them:

1. Spybot S&D
Years ago this was a must-have anti-spyware. Now it's middle-of-the-road. But it still catches some things that others miss. Updates once per week.

The Big Plus is its Immunization feature. And their "Tea Timer" add-on is a resident running watcher. Together they Immunize and prevent over 187,000 pests that could otherwise infect your browsers. And virtually every week it adds another 50-100 or more browser Immunizations.

I run Tea-Timer at all times. And do a Spybot Full Scan two or three times per week. And run the Immunizer after each scan.

Why so often? because it usually finds things that often. It all depends on the amount and type of on-line traffic I engage in.


2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
This program is Malware oriented, whereas Spybot is Spyware oriented. It operates and searches differently. Most Geeks agree it finds things that Spybot misses.

I have found this to be somewhat true. However I have been using my system for awhile now and my computer is kept clean, so I don't see a huge difference between these programs as I did when I first started using them both. For that reason I continue to use them both.

The only downside is that Malwarebytes takes a long time to do a Full Scan. I therefore run it only twice per week. And run it while on lunch or dinner break.


3. SUPERAntiSpyware
Why a 3rd program? It was the University Geeks that inspired me. This used to be one of the least effective Spyware programs. But some things mature with age. It has since grown up to high marks in the last two years. It has become what Spybot S&D used to be. Apparently younger upcoming programmers like feeding them. It updates more than once per week, and its Scan runs fast.

I run it twice per week.


4. CCleaner
An absolute MUST. I have my browsers set to delete all on-line data when I close them. But the 'Temp" files still remain large. I run CCleaner every single time I close my browser. Which is many times per day.

Well worth the ten seconds. Often removing 10-100 megs of extra "Temp Files" the browser left behind. Keeps everything clean and running fast.

The Registry Cleaner is handy too. Use as needed, after each install or uninstall of any programs.

And periodically I use its Drive Wiper to wipe clean the MFT free space on the hard drive.


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Re: Computer Infection Protection

Post by pman35 on Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:42 pm

@Jake

1. Spybot Search & Destroy with TeaTimer
2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
3. SUPERAntiSpyware
4. CCleaner

Believe it or not I use these very same programs when fixing other peoples computers and I sometimes run the first 2 on my own as well. I do agree that individual programs do a better job than 1 complete package but eset is a very secure program complete control. check out the link http://www.eset.co.uk/


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Post by Jake Reason on Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:09 pm

pman35 wrote:@Jake

1. Spybot Search & Destroy with TeaTimer
2. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
3. SUPERAntiSpyware
4. CCleaner

Believe it or not I use these very same programs when fixing other peoples computers and I sometimes run the first 2 on my own as well.
Hey, Cool Cool


I do agree that individual programs do a better job than 1 complete package but eset is a very secure program complete control. check out the link http://www.eset.co.uk/

I will, thanks.

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Re: Computer Infection Protection

Post by Admin on Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:17 am

DIGITAL PRIVACY BLACK PAPER
https://s3.amazonaws.com/sm-cdn/reports/NSA-Black-Paper.pdf


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Re: Computer Infection Protection

Post by Bard on Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:25 am

Good paper!

FYI -regarding Tor:

Thank our marineer friends.

http://endthelie.com/2011/05/28/tor-proxy-software-developed-navy/


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