November 12th, 2004, 06:54 PM
Your Windows Security software
I know there have been quite some threads on security software, but I don't think I've seen one yet on what combination of software you guys use - and I'd like to know
I'd limit this to your personal box at home - software, not hardware. Also, I'm not interested in how many anti-adware's you have installed; I'm just looking for the resident stuff you have running.
What (software) firewall do you use? In combination with what AV? Any issues?
What other software do you use? How do you like it?
Here's my set-up on my laptop:
Firewall: Kerio unregistered free version (4.1.2)
AV: Avast free version (4.1-501) with all resident shield on high alert
Spybot's resident scanner
I've been using this combination since the link to PrevX was first posted here, and I really like PrevX.
My combination may be a little overkill, though. If I install new software for example, WinPatrol must allow it, PrevX must allow it, RegistryProt must allow it, and Kerio must allow it...
They all seem to have some unique capabilities, though, and often one will catch something that the others don't.
November 12th, 2004, 09:55 PM
November 13th, 2004, 12:18 AM
I've been using Firefox for quite a while. My online classes don't like Firefox, though (only works with IE). Not to mention that PDF-support in Firefox is umm... pissing me off. With every version of Firefox I've had, if you click on a PDF-link, you should be glad if Firefox doesn't totally crash on you.
And I've gotten really attached to PrevX. I NEED something to tell me exactly what's going on every time I install something (and boy... does PrevX tell you what's going on or what)... I'm addicted, Tiger...
And Tauscan I usually only run on demand. I just like to be reassured by that thing from time to time
And who cares about the overkill... it's only taking like 30MB or something all together
You should try that thing that SDK posted, Tiger. Although that application doesn't make one bit of sense to me, you'll see that every one of the apps I have running is stronger than the others on some terrains. Some stuff was picked up by WinPatrol, but not all of it (PrevX noticed everything as far as I could tell)...
November 13th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Greetings to yourself and herself
OK, I have different firewalls and AVs on different machines, but that lot is the "freeware" that I normally use
Incidentally, most of that does not run unless you call it, or do something specific, so it is not a great overhead.
November 13th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Stinger - I run this every so often
PrevX- I ran this for awhile. I don't know if this caused my problems loading any program, but I reformatted and re-installed without it this time.
Linux/BSD - different distros
Negative, I have never had any problems with Pdf"s in windows or linux using firefox.
November 13th, 2004, 02:13 AM
McAfee VirusScan 8.0
XP firewall (cos i am not to scared about missing any new trojans(undetected)
Also trend housecall ones a week.
Hitman Pro (with spybot search and destroy and also spywareBlaster resident)
November 13th, 2004, 04:12 AM
I used prevx for a bit to, but really hated it after a while.
On my home computer:
SMC EZ barricade Wireless Router/Firewall cdw.com good price there
Norton Internet Security 2005 (Norton AV, and Firewall)
Ad-Aware Pro with Ad-Watch
Same Setup on my second PC with XP Pro
Norton Internet Security.
Ad-Aware pro with ad-watch
of course I have some uneeded services shut off to.
November 13th, 2004, 04:18 AM
I have a desk top and two laptops configured the same way.
1. Windows XP Home SP2
2. Avast AV with resident shield up
3. Firefox v1.0 (and Neg, I don't have any problems with PDF's either)
4. Kerio firewall ~ free version
5. Spybot S&D with Tea Timer
6. AdAware SE
8. A-squared antitrojan scanner
10. AIDA32 (for manually checking what is running and where)
11. RegCleaner 4.3 by Jouni Vuorio
12. Proxomitron (used with Firefox)
I run Spybot and AdAware approx. 2 times per week, and do a full virus scan 1 time per week using both Housecall and my Avast. If I suspect that I have something I will run the A-squared and then the Swatit ( Swatit I run over night because it take so bloody long)
\"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!\"
November 13th, 2004, 04:27 AM
Windows XP SP2 Firewall
My linksys NatFirewall.
CA eTrust Anti-Virus
I'm not very paranoid but hey, I use IE with Active Scripting and Java disabled so I feel secure!
November 13th, 2004, 05:13 AM
Meh, PrevX is too anal for my liking. Oooohh!!! A program added an entry to the recent files list!!!! It is teh 3v1L!!!! OMG 666!!!
My combination is fairly simple. I only run registry monitors on demand (teatimer), i.e. when I install a program or something. I have Spybot, which I run once a week or so along with AdAware and HijackThis.
For AV I use AVG 7 Free, completely updated. I update at least once every two days (yes, I'm that paranoid). I also run TDS3 about once a month or so to make sure I don't have any lurking trojans. Of late, I'm also running ClamAV about once a fortnight, just to make sure.
For a firewall, I use Kerio Personal Firewall (Free edition), completely updated as usual. I also review my ruleset around once every 10-15 days, just to make sure I haven't added something that shouldn't be there to the "Always allow" list. I also have a bunch of rules added to the packet filter that allow me to quickly enable ICMP, incoming ping and the like for when I'm using nmap, for example. My browser is of course, Firefox 1.0.
So, to summarize, I use the following products:
Spybot S/D with TeaTimer
AVG 7 Free
Kerio Personal Firewall 4.1.2
Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Final
The rewards for all this paranoia, is that inspite of keeping some zipped malware around, I haven't had a virus/malware infection since my old 486 got infected by the OneHalf virus in the days when I used DOS 6.22/Win 3.1
I've never seen this problem, except on really low RAM systems (<=64M). Otherwise, it just takes a minute or two for Acrobat Reader to start up. Try reinstalling Acrobat Reader .
Not to mention that PDF-support in Firefox is umm... pissing me off. With every version of Firefox I've had, if you click on a PDF-link, you should be glad if Firefox doesn't totally crash on you.