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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 (the) (not verified) on 30. January 2012 - 13:30  (88028)

Well, lets wait what geeks say of it. The webpage looks cool :D

by MidnightCowboy on 30. January 2012 - 15:02  (88038)

A claimed 99% detection rate without signatures (ahem) - claimed to have been tested on "many infected systems", but no evidence provided (ahem again) :) The bad news (if true) is that every other antivirus vendor, free and paid is now out of business. The good news is it probably isn't. :D

by Anupam on 30. January 2012 - 15:14  (88039)

Yea, lots of "ahem"s there, but since this security list contains all freeware, I thought I would suggest it :D.
Don't know what good the program is, if its any, unless we see some third party independent test, or a geek test.

by MidnightCowboy on 30. January 2012 - 15:41  (88040)

I answered an ad for a 99% lifelike robotic girlfriend once. When it arrived, I expelled so much energy trying to inflate it, I never did find out how good it was. It was definitely a con though. My mate eventually got it plugged in but all it ever did was whistle :D

by ako on 30. January 2012 - 20:50  (88053)


by J_L on 31. January 2012 - 3:19  (88074)

Appears to be clean according to URLVoid, but the download gives a 404.

by Anupam on 31. January 2012 - 5:44  (88080)

tsk tsk :P

by Lew (not verified) on 2. February 2012 - 14:40  (88176)

Sophos Free Encryption (section 19.9 email encryption) wants way too information (your phone number???) before you can have their software. Sure, you can fake it but why bother.

by tea (not verified) on 5. February 2012 - 6:17  (88328)

teatimer now in 64 bit also.

by vodomar on 5. February 2012 - 9:44  (88333)
by ako on 5. February 2012 - 11:03  (88337)


by ako on 5. February 2012 - 11:04  (88338)


by ako on 5. February 2012 - 11:05  (88339)

Well, stupid thing indeed, but not really serious.

by Jade (not verified) on 5. February 2012 - 20:39  (88362)

I used this software when it was released first on softpedia, and I also tried the latest update. Thing is the first one was super-accurate, but the latest version has missed detecting a malware or two. But what I just love about it is the speed and size. It's quite impressive for it's accuracy.

by ako on 5. February 2012 - 20:47  (88363)

So you mean, it really detects something?

by Jade (not verified) on 6. February 2012 - 21:51  (88419)

Yeah, it always busted malwares on flash drives, and my friends who had infected systems said it cleansed their systems. Don't have much viruses to worry about myself so I can't say for the PC Cleaner, but Softpedia - - seemed to answer for that when I checked.

by vodomar on 11. February 2012 - 15:36  (88679)

Remove Leftovers Driver From Your System - "Attention - Guru3D Driver Sweeper has been discontinued as such you will not find any download links here any longer" on
Driver Sweeper


by ako on 12. February 2012 - 15:57  (88730)


by vodomar on 15. February 2012 - 14:06  (88902)
by ako (the) (not verified) on 15. February 2012 - 14:25  (88904)

See 13.13 :-)

by vodomar on 17. February 2012 - 23:59  (88995)
by vodomar on 18. February 2012 - 11:11  (89010)

bufferzone x64

by ako on 18. February 2012 - 11:25  (89015)


by vodomar on 20. February 2012 - 13:09  (89095)
by ako on 20. February 2012 - 20:31  (89142)


by vodomar on 22. February 2012 - 22:07  (89267)

8.6 mcshield
new link v.2

by cheffo on 24. February 2012 - 14:15  (89364)

Really admire all the hard work you must put into this list thank you. And I find your recommendations of great value and use some of the software you have put on this list. But if I am not mistaken I feel you are being a little unfair to Unthreat anti-virus flagging it up as ad-ware and opencandy. Just one very vissable box to untick so as to not install the tool-bar, or have I missed something? some of the best software on this list you have not flagged has more than this, example Ccleaner amongst many others.

by vodomar on 25. February 2012 - 3:10  (89428)

Avira Free Antivirus

by ako on 25. February 2012 - 8:42  (89452)


by ako on 25. February 2012 - 8:48  (89453)

Thank you for warm words and comments! :-)
This Opencandy warning is the politics of the whole site:

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