Preventing Malware and Safe Computing
Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:10 AM
Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:29 AM
Add in a firewall from my recommendations, SpywareGuard, and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. That would do a great job
Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:12 AM
Here it is below if you don't want to go through the full tutorial
- FileHippo Update Checker is an extremely helpful program that will tell you which of your programs need to be updated. Its important to keep programs up to date so that malware doesn't exploit any old security flaws.
Posted 11 April 2009 - 11:38 PM
Whenever I click the LiveUpdate it says that my signature definition is updated. Is there something wrong with spywareguard? Or it hasn't released any updates since then?
And another question, what of those free firewalls you recommend is the best? And, if I have installed one of them, do I have to turn off the Windows firewall?
Edited by tim_amado, 12 April 2009 - 12:03 AM.
Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:10 PM
For a firewall, I recommend Sunbelt's one. Yes you do have to turn off the Windows firewall if you install it.
Posted 12 April 2009 - 10:42 PM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:57 AM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:49 PM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:11 PM
SunBelt Personal Firewall Manual
It's looks eerily similar to the Subnet tutorial (which your's truely has read), and it appears to be maintained by the same firm - Kerio.
I like Subnet. Anyways, reading the manual and being patient while learning how to use the Firewall (and getting an idea about how firewalls work in general) is a good idea. It does require some patience, but is a rewarding experience. You could, on the other hand, install it in simple mode, which means it would bug you less, but will also provide less protection (detailes on page 17 of the manual). Make your own choice.
If you use advanced mode, a good rule of thumb is not to permit any activity you are not sure was initiated by you or by any program you trust, and to check the "create a rule" box when you're sure your decision is the right one and you want to keep the settings.
After installing the firewall, disable Windows Firewall (Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Windows Firewall, there choose to disable Windows Firewall)
Also - and Rorschach, correct me if I'm wrong - you should disable the following service (Start -> Run > services.msc and hit enter):
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Be VERY CAREFUL when fiddling with services, though. If you're not sure of what you're doing, best not to do anything
Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:38 AM
1. Click Start, click Run, type Firewall.cpl, and then click OK.
2. On the General tab, click Off (not recommended), and then click OK.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:51 AM
(And I know it's not a good idea to be advising people who are relatively inexperienced with computers to go messing around with services, just curious).
Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:08 AM
Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:50 AM
Posted 14 April 2009 - 10:09 AM
Malwarebytes website states that it is for Vista x32 only - would it still work on a x64 system?
Erunt doesn't list vista at all, is there a recommended way to back up the registry other than the built in back up tools?
ATF lists as XP and 2000 only, how about Ccleaner?
Thanks for your help.
Edited by ttbcs, 14 April 2009 - 10:55 AM.
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