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25. My choices

Ako's current choices for protection

Free setup  for my friends and relatives. Here robustness and simplicity are as important as efficiency of protection:

  • Avast
  • Windows firewall
  • Panda USB vaccine
  • LUA

My personal setup

  • LUA+TweakUAC
  • Sandboxie $
  • F-Secure client security $
  • Winpatrol Plus $
  • No Autorun


  • Hitman Pro
  • Malwarebytes Antimalware


  • Syncback
  • Paragon
  • Windows 7 built-in backup

Other security-related programs I use:

  • Secunia PSI
  • Virustotal Uploader


J_L's current setup (not for emulation):

  • Main: avast! Free Antivirus, Immunet Free Antivirus, PeerBlock
  • Filters: Adblock Plus, BitDefender TrafficLight, HTTP Switchboard, Norton ConnectSafe, WOT
  • Analysis: Anubis, Comodo File Verdict Service, IPVoid, Metascan Online, PeStudio, VTchromizer
  • Scanners: Avira Free Antivirus, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HitmanPro, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • System: EMET, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, Permanent DEP DLL, SpywareBlaster
  • Utilities: FileMenu Tools, Process Explorer, Sandboxie, SUMo, UltraSearch, Unlocker, VirtualBox
  • Privacy: CyberGhost VPN, LastPass, SoftPerfect RAM Disk, Tor Browser Bundle, TrueCrypt
  • Backup: AX64 Time Machine, Parted Magic 2013_08_01, various cloud providers

Ako's banking advice

1) Use one LUA for ALL everyday use and make another LUA which is used ONLY for banking. The point is, that if the everyday LUA is infected, the infection is almost always limited to that account. (99% safety guaranteed. This of course requires, that  you are not yet infected, and don't install malware with adminstrative rights in the future.)


2) Use one browser only for banking and a separate browser for everything else. This gives some extra safety.

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by ako on 12. December 2010 - 9:10  (62337)
by MidnightCowboy on 12. December 2010 - 9:36  (62340)

As soon as you click the download link though the same warning appears.

by ako on 12. December 2010 - 10:06  (62349)

WoT: "This subdomain inherits the reputation of"

The download site itself seems OK.

by Anonymousnj (not verified) on 12. December 2010 - 9:42  (62343)

It is Orange at WOT; not red.
As far as Comodo DNS, try Norton DNS or Sunbelt DNS.

by MidnightCowboy on 12. December 2010 - 10:04  (62348)

The benchmark rating used by this site for links is green only for WOT. No other types of links are permitted.

by ako on 12. December 2010 - 10:07  (62350)

In some cases I find this problematical. Wasn't BPS attacked this way, e.g.

by MidnightCowboy on 12. December 2010 - 14:14  (62360)

Yes, there are imperfections, as with everything, but this was the benchmark decided upon so we need to stick by it.

by WakeUp! (not verified) on 11. December 2010 - 18:30  (62307)

*Recover installations keys*

RockXP by Korben

by Anonymous8989 (not verified) on 11. December 2010 - 17:57  (62304)

*Resque disks*

Secured2k's Boot CD:

Direct download file link removed - not permitted

by Anonymousega (not verified) on 11. December 2010 - 16:10  (62302)

*Recover installations keys*


by Balatsokas (not verified) on 11. December 2010 - 15:41  (62299)

Well, you need to fit this one:


by Balatsokas (not verified) on 11. December 2010 - 15:38  (62298)

*Hardware monitoring and diagnostics*


by New_One (not verified) on 10. December 2010 - 12:19  (62270)

Category: Free VPN Connection

Software Name: SecurityKISS Tunnel


It is Freeware:

by ako on 10. December 2010 - 12:52  (62271)

"· The limit is imposed on volume of traffic per day (currently about 20 MB per day)" Is not this very little?

by MidnightCowboy on 10. December 2010 - 13:39  (62273)

Crippleware :)

by Travis (not verified) on 7. December 2010 - 16:01  (62160)

I suggest adding Eset NOD 32 to this list. It covers both AV and the higher suite has firewall and malware capabilites. Very good software and one I use over any other.

by ako on 7. December 2010 - 16:23  (62162)

It's not free. And not SO exeptional, that it should be included.

by MidnightCowboy on 7. December 2010 - 17:30  (62166)

Can't even match Avira Free according to the VB RAP tests :)

by rs on 7. December 2010 - 20:40  (62178)

I don't understand, Avira Free has better detection rate when Pro? :D

by MidnightCowboy on 7. December 2010 - 21:28  (62180)

It's important to remember that these are a cumulative average over the last six months but just demonstrates the consistency of Avira Free, and the folly of paying for a lot of the others :)

by rs on 7. December 2010 - 6:43  (62137)

Hi, ako. I need yuor recomendation for the best anti-rootkit (for non-technical user) and free keylogger. I think you can include "keylogger" and "windows password recovery / reset" applications in your topic, because is related to security.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 7. December 2010 - 10:12  (62143)

I'd say Prevx free/Hitman pro are best anti-rootkits for non-tech users.

Best anti-keylogger Prevx free with Safeonline (look facebook for it)

I don't know what would be a good Keylogger. Why do you need it?

There are several topics for password recovery above:

Recover installations keys:
The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
Recover Windows key for unbootable system
Retrieve the Software Installation Keys

Recover/reset Windows passwords:
boot cd for reseting windows passwords
How to reset windows account password
How to recover Windows password

by rs on 7. December 2010 - 11:36  (62148)

But Prevx Free is very very limited compare with paid version. Even don't show path to catched malware ( and has not removing capability).

Keylogger needed to my friend, he want to know what doing his 10 years old sun with PC. (you know p---o, online games and etc.)

by ako on 7. December 2010 - 15:32  (62158)

prevx should show whole path if you point it with mouse

by MidnightCowboy on 7. December 2010 - 12:22  (62152)

IMO spying on your kids is not the best way to encourage a healthy family environment :D

Having first explained the dangers present and why it's necessary to protect against them, then adopting one of the products reviewed here in excellent fashion by Remah is perhaps a better policy.

by ako on 7. December 2010 - 15:32  (62159)

I strongly agree

by rs on 6. December 2010 - 6:32  (62082)

Please include in "Anti-malware (Can be run alongside with an AV)" section Spybot and Spyware Terminator.

by ako on 6. December 2010 - 11:15  (62089)

Hard decision: SB is a both a scanner and a light HIPS (Teatimer) , and ST also MUCH better as a strong HIPS than as AM. What others think?

by Anonymousfff (not verified) on 6. December 2010 - 20:55  (62120)

SB's Teatimer doesn't seem very popular; I like it better as a scanner since it seems to catch a few privacy related items, except the downloads are getting too big for over a dialup.

The best case would for ST. I haven't used it in awhile, but Windows Defender has beefed up its HIPS features to the extent that ST and WD should probably be in the same category, whatever that category is!


Why does this particular article hit some of the content filters out there (when most of the site doesn't)? It's not accessible from my workplace (not sure what filter they use), but the rest of the site is accessible. Odd. Anyways, excellent article! Keep up the great work!

by Anonymousfff (not verified) on 6. December 2010 - 21:00  (62121)

On second thought I noticed you have ST as a strong HIPS and that seems like the best category for it. WD would probably be a lighter HIPS type category. They are both monsters anyways!

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