windows defender

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  1. kurt2020

    kurt2020 MDL Novice

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    i want someone who has a very good knowledge on pc security to sugges which other security software i can use with windows defender so as to prevent me from getting malware and viruses, because i got one today.
     
  2. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    You can run any questionable programs through free virus scanners. There's one at virustotal.com
    There's another at something like novirus.pleasethanks.org or something like that. I know that's not the actual address... perhaps someone could advise.

    Basically there are like 3 main ways that people spread viruses these days. First is either a youtube comment link with some passthrough server like ad.fly.
    Second is a program pretending to be something else, or a pre-infected file. Sometimes people post keygens for things, and they can be infected.
    Third is a crypted program. A crypted program hides inside another process and extracts and executes itself. I've has crypted viruses claiming to be crypter programs that have infected my system before.

    What you can do about it.
    Well, another a/v program is pointless. If win8's built-in a/v didn't stop a program from infecting you, chances are another a/v program won't.
    So here's some guidelines.
    1) never run a questionable program without pre-scanning it. You can do this in defender or on those sites I listed before.
    2) Just stay away from the kinds of downloads you've gotten the virus from in the first place. If you got it from a keygen or a crack, just avoid the source.
    Many torrent sites make people prove that they don't upload infected stuff. Stay away from the people who haven't proven themselves.
    3) If you really don't have that much of a choice on whether or not to use the program, you can try a sandboxie type program or a vm. Sandboxie lets you run as if it was running on your system, except it gives the program no access to your actual system. This is perfect for most keygens. To test a crack you'd first have to install the program you instead to crack, sandboxed.

    I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of stuff you could do or avoid, but I got stuff to do. Hope that helps some.
     
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  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  4. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    Pretty much anything that's not called Norton/Symantec or Mcafee. You'll be set :roll1:
     
  5. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    very true, any AV is good as long as it is updated as long as it is not McAfee or Norton/Symantic or the useless Windows Defender
     
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  6. vymrdal

    vymrdal MDL Novice

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    How? Two best tools out there:
    - using your brain
    - use sandboxed browser

    All AVs are reactive, always behind the malware authors and certainly will not prevent this from occurring again.
     
  7. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    i think viruses is a myth created by money hustling corporations so people can buy their crap. it's like a weather reporter,can you really trust them?, i use no AV ,no firewall :tankyou:
     
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    Viruses for MS Windows is created by Apple so people will buy Mac's instead :tooth:
     
  10. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    I'm not sure I've ever gotten a virus. I have gotten a few malwares from time to time from suspicious programs though.
     
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  11. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    I thought blocking adware with host file would speed up browsing,not the other way around..? :confused:
     
  12. free1975yuly

    free1975yuly MDL Expert

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    I have Norton Internet Security from my ISP provider and I think is enough good.
     
  13. vymrdal

    vymrdal MDL Novice

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    Well, not when the DNS resolver sucks goat's nuts and spends ages reading the hosts file. :)
     
  14. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    ISP = Internet Service Provider.

    No need for the second 'provider'.

    ;)
     
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