what are you doing to keep your machine safe?

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  1. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    just for the sake of the argument,
    what are you doing to keep your machine
    safe, although it is running some version
    of windose..

    what i do is simple.
    -i run malwarebytes
    -i run tdss killer by kaspersky.
    -i run ccleaner after each internet session.
    -i run winpatrol to prevent garbage to get
    into my startup.
    -i used to run some firewalls, and free
    antivirus stuff, changing programs every
    few months, untill i bought a legal windose.
    [ the first since 3.11.. ;)]
    -now using mse, for firewall and av..

    result,
    no infections, for ages..
    always open to listen to better ideas,,
     
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  2. vivek.krishnan

    vivek.krishnan MDL Novice

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    Use FF with noscript, chrome with some pop up blocker that blocks java code too. Running MSE. Although windows is technically not legal, i do have a key, just not using it. Its a PITA for reactivation then. Dont install unknown programs and the usual safety measures like checking every USB drive.
     
  3. bhlab

    bhlab MDL Novice

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    I use Chrome with NotScripts and AdBlock. For av I'm using MSE and Comodo for firewall and I'm also using Spybot for spyware.

    Like you I also run CCleaner pretty often - when I close the browser or when I delete some file.

    Other than that I try to be carefull with what I download and the sites I visit.

    I can't really remember the last time I had a virus.
     
  4. SOCRATE_MMXII

    SOCRATE_MMXII MDL Expert

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    I tell my lappy to take her vitamins daily and don't stay out to late. :D
     
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  5. vjott

    vjott MDL Member

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    What am I doing to keep my machine safe? I keep my machine safe by not telling others what I do to keep my machine safe; it keeps them guessing!
     
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  6. exo-dan

    exo-dan MDL Senior Member

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    Common sense-tbh I haven't been using Windows as much ever since I got OS X 10.7.4 totally functional.I know they can get viruses/hacked too :D
     
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  7. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    #7 R29k, Aug 21, 2012
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    Been there and done that, I used to be obsessed over security when i first got a PC, but at some point you will realize it's all bull.
    At the end of the day just use your pc for something proper other than scanning to see if it's infected, get a free scanner and have it do its job auto and have the PC auto update both the definitions and Windows update. Unless you are an insane person that just downloads .exe files from questionable sources and runs them, then chances are you won't have a virus problem. Let the programs do their job it's a machine it has to work for you not the other way round.
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  8. mr3dd123

    mr3dd123 MDL Novice

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    #8 mr3dd123, Aug 29, 2012
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    I've found Comodo Internet Security (not just the firewall, the free full package) to be great. It used to always ask loads and loads of questions about every file, but now it's fine. "Defense+" can be a bit OTT, especially if you run lots of uncommon software, but it's disableable. Sorry if this sounds like an ad, but I work in a PC shop part-time, and most of the machines that come in for virus removal already have crap like McAfee and Norton installed, and they are virtually useless against anything but the top 10 most common viruses, and really, really, really, really slow machines down.

    On another note, recently Comodo bundled its Dragon browser in with the suite, so I'd probably untick that, as well as GeekBuddy.

    In the shop we have a list of standalone AV tools that we use on machines with very obscure viruses:
    Normal Malware Cleaner (V.Good)
    Dr Web CureIt!
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit
    ClamWin Portable
    AVZ AntiViral Toolkit
    CWShredder (for all the smileys crap)
    eScan MWAV
    FSEasyClean
    McAfee Stinger
    Spybot Portable
    Sophos Virus Removal Tool
    Super Anti Spyware Tech Edition (the proper portable one)
    Rizone ViruClean
    Trend Micro Sysclean
    TrustPort USB Antivirus
    Norton Security Scan (only if we have to...)

    If anybody has anymore pls let me know (feeling a bit hordish about all this portable stuff).

    I do agree with what others were saying about how if you're sensible and don't go running every exe you can find, there's very little out there you should worry about.
     
  9. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    thanks, mr3dd123,

    a really usefull list..
    there are things on it that i have not used for years..
    like comodo, sophos, and things i did not even know..
    i`ll have a look for sure..
    :)
    what you said about McAfee and Norton is so true,
    that people pay good money to keep them in business
    is beyond understanding..
    i don`t want sound like an anti-ad...;)
     
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  10. dabits

    dabits Guest

    I use NOD32 Antivirus for years now, it's the only software that I actually pay for :D
    It warned me many times while surfing, mostly because of evil .js files and such ...
    I pay for 2 licenses every year, it's something like € 30.-, I use it on 4 machines tho.

    I have Windows Defender running, simply because it's there :D
    I run Spybot S&D once every 2-4 weeks, never had anything to report.

    Like R29k says, stay away from places you don't need to go.
     
  11. ft@t@lk

    ft@t@lk MDL Junior Member

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    I just update the MS patches and am careful with what I download and where I surf....at the slightest sign of infection I re-install OS/restore from clean image

    I also don't keep any personal data on PC so even if it's got a virus, u gotz nuthin on me...I disable internet connection when I am not surfing if PC stays on
     
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  12. gabris[LT]

    gabris[LT] MDL Senior Member

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    Using chrome + adblock, Avira free, not installing toolbars, manually cleaning startup every few months, cleaning junk files(browser cache) every few weeks, cleaning registry once a month. :)

    About M$ update - doesn't work because of error 80070002 ( I think due to cracked OS.. :D )
     
  13. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Make sure it takes a condom before going out :D

    No but seriously... Security Essentials, MalwareBytes, I check connections occasionally to see if the CIA are snooping and I don't go on various crack, serial and keygen websites that are a big load of b*****ks anyhow :)
     
  14. quantahis

    quantahis MDL Novice

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    hi

    use authorized antivirus for it.
     
  15. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    What about anti-malware, what do you use?

    An anti-virus won't stop everything you know :D
     
  16. mimart7

    mimart7 MDL Senior Member

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    I use Avast, Mbam, Emsisoft Anti Malware, and CCleaner. If i get in a jam (which is rare) I'll use combofix.
     
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  17. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    :fear2:Just scan online you don;t even need the Antivirus if you know how to handle yourself properly.
     
  18. Computers Plus

    Computers Plus MDL Junior Member

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    My first line of defense is the SPI firewall in my router running DD-WRT firmware along with this the router is set to use openDNS servers with filtering this way my entire LAN is covered then each PC gets Kaspersky Internet Security installed and I use Opera browser
     
  19. Yen

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    #19 Yen, Sep 1, 2012
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    Latest WU
    AVG antivir
    Comodo firewall
    sitting behind a router with secure settings. (ports..etc...)
    FF browser, NO WMP!!!

    Backups of important files on a physically different machine (media server).

    Only issues I had so far: False positives of some tools I use...
     
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  20. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    #20 Mr Jinje, Sep 1, 2012
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    You don't need any special software, just use a condom.

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