Securing Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by UltraLow, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. UltraLow

    UltraLow MDL Novice

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    Please post tips to make Windows 7 more secure...

    I switched off Remote Desktop & Remote Assistance

    Control Panel > System > Remote Settings > Remote tab

    What else do you suggest?

    Thanks!
     
  2. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Combine a good AV with Comodo firewall and a malware agent and you'll have some good allround security. Put that behind a router that has some MAC filtering and a FW, and it'll be even better.

    Advice : though u could use WinFW and Bitdefender, there are much better alternatives (read above).

    UAC : set to low warnings (second from below), or just disable. Won't make much difference really...

    ps: make sure Telnet and Remote Registry are disabled, but normally in win7 they're allready disabled at default. Disabling unused and unneeded services alltogether ain't a bad idea either.
     
  3. topdnbass

    topdnbass MDL Novice

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    Good tips.
    I recommend DD-WRT for your router if its compatible.
    Has a good SPI firewall i believe.

    Mac filtering sure, but I have a question about mac cloning.
    Does it provide security or anonymity?
    I have to use it as my modem will not work without it.
    I just never understood why..
    If someone could explain some of that to me in detail it would be nice.
    I know what it does, it clones a physical addy.
    How come there are these two options in dd-wrt though?
    Clone WAN MAC, and Clone Wireless MAC?
    Also isn't this similar to spoofing the MAC?
     
  4. i2Paq

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  5. bigbloke

    bigbloke MDL Novice

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    I don't see how disabling UAC (annoying though it can be) is making the OS more secure which is what the OP asked for.
     
  6. genuine555

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    It doesn't make much difference if it enabled or not, if u have a good AV+FW+Malware Combo. That's what i said. It's a fact.

    If u use winDefender+winFW, then i suggest u leave it on maximum, anoying u all the time.
    That's free choice.
     
  7. MrFerretKing

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    Why exactly do you think you need more security?
    Are you on an open wifi network?
    Afraid of getting a virus/malware?
    Think you are going to get hacked?
    Hiding from the RIAA? :)


    Just get a decent antivirus/malware protection and a hardware based SPI firewall.
     
  8. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    a little healthy paranoia. can't hurt :p
     
  9. pezzonovante

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    #9 pezzonovante, Nov 2, 2009
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    1. Install Microsoft Security Essentials
    2. Use Automatic Updates
    3. Set UAC to the maximum level
    4. Use IE8 in Protected Mode
    5. Never use any third party antivirus or firewalls (Only exception may be Malwarebytes' Anti-malware)

    Following these steps will make your system absolutely secure and keep it lightning fast.
     
  10. ibeqa

    ibeqa MDL Member

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    Disable UAC and install Spybot Search&Destroy (freeware) and very effective.

    Cheers
     
  11. genuine555

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    never use any third party AV or FW ??
    LMAO
    What gave you that assumption ? That's hilarious
     
  12. Brainsuck

    Brainsuck MDL Addicted

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    Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.5002 x64 all is good and light to
     
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  13. MrFerretKing

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    Yeah I use to be like that, but then I realized unless you are on a laptop and switch to different wifi networks at a random interval there is no way to hide from people who really want to find you.

    If you want to be "more secure" in what you do on a computer then it will all differ on what you do with the computer.
     
  14. pezzonovante

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    That's not my assumption but experience. I have tried Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, Bitdefender, AVG- all of them make the system siginificantly slower. If that happens then what's the point of using antivirus software? After all the main trouble that malwares cause is slowing down the system.

    I kept Vista clean for three years without using any antivirus software. You just need to use common sense while browsing and you'll be fine.
     
  15. SoLoR

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    Only real good advice is "watch what you click" and if you do that install some MSE just for extra layer of protection. Rest does not matter for any home user. Firewall is not needed (or rather Windows Firewall is enough), however that doesnt mean i dont use it, im having linux router with iptables and runing windows firewall as well because of ipv6 traffic, didnt come around yet to set ip6tables on router, once i do windows firewall is history. But again all protection is only good if person siting behind computer know what he is clicking/doing.
     
  16. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Very true, and very wise statement.
     
  17. MrFerretKing

    MrFerretKing MDL Member

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    Yep, everyone should be careful where they stick there mouse pointer or you may get something you will regret. Like a virus, spyware, keylogger or sometimes Jail time :)

    So if you are just sitting at home with all your software and hardware protection and think you will try to run a couple hundred username and password combos against the DOD extranet login page, think again.

    Just go to Starbucks on the otherside of town.
    But if you have registered your laptop with the OEM or a laptop lojack type service, your MAC will be traced back to you.


    Have fun and keep your pointer in your pants.:D
     
  18. genuine555

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    there are enough alternatives that doen't have that issue, like nod32,comodo,avira,...

    keeping an os clean for three without AV soft is impossible, unless you have no internet connection. You go right ahead with that 'knowledge' :p
     
  19. MrFerretKing

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