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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 satrow on 27. May 2012 - 3:19  (94025)

I switched from Avast! free to this as a result of reading the comments and the av-test results. Breadth of protection is not as good as Avast! (is it even running - downloading/installing VERY unusual software and nothing checks?), configuring it to ignore certain folders during a scan is impossible. I shall be ditching this tomorrow. It may be good at repairing/removing viruses but it doesn't appear to be able to warn/block in advance of a possible infection.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 27. May 2012 - 21:13  (94058)

Well, unlike Avast, there is no sandbox in AVG. But it is just a nuisance for the average user.

by ako on 28. May 2012 - 7:24  (94075)

I want to thank my co-author vodomar for the fantastic work he is doing by editing and improving this list!

by MidnightCowboy on 28. May 2012 - 7:28  (94076)

I'll join in with that! :) Needs a special kind of dedication to maintain a megalist like this.

by vodomar on 28. May 2012 - 11:46  (94084)

ThX guys :)

by vodomar on 28. May 2012 - 11:48  (94085)

Flame(r)/sKyWIper spy tool - new Stuxnet-like malware

sKyWIper malware is the same as “Flame”

Kaspersky:"Flame can easily be described as one of the most complex threats ever discovered. It’s big and incredibly sophisticated. It pretty much redefines the notion of cyberwar and cyberespionage...Flame is a sophisticated attack toolkit, which is a lot more complex than Duqu. It is a backdoor, a Trojan, and it has worm-like features, allowing it to replicate in a local network and on removable media if it is commanded so by its master. "
30.05.2012. Flame-bait Questions:

by AnonymousD26 (not verified) on 28. May 2012 - 22:19  (94114)

I'd also like to say all you guys have been doing a great job maintaining this site and keeping up with just about everything that comes up with little to no delay. I am a long time fan, I can't praise this forum enough for all the help it has provided me over the years. I've recommended this site to friends and family alike as the *{(GoTo)}* site for any issues or info they might need or encounter. I'd also like to add as a long time fan that editors have come and gone and have always been top notch in my book but vodomar is by far the best you guys have had in a long time and he's doing a great job very helpful with all posts. I have noticed over the last 5-6 years that its only been getting better so here is to the next 10 years you guys rock and we all appreciate your effort.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 28. May 2012 - 22:30  (94115)

Interesting stuff.

by vodomar on 28. May 2012 - 22:39  (94116)

thx for your support:)

by vodomar on 31. May 2012 - 15:57  (94249)

Windows 7/8 Exploit Allows Any Program To Run On Login Screen

by vodomar on 1. June 2012 - 0:03  (94261)

Mikko Hypponen ‏

Tip of the day: Hitting Ctrl + Enter will automatically fill in the www. and the .com parts of the URL in any web browser. Try it.

by Anonymousd26 (not verified) on 1. June 2012 - 6:26  (94265)

Any comments on ZoneAlarm free Antivirus+Firewall or anyone else having any issues?
I've been using in now since it came out and find that the download/web protection or browser protection keeps crashing and zonealarm keeps displaying a pop up to report the error, I get to send one report per day and then each pop up after that tells me I should only send one report a day.
I might just decide to leave it till they fix what ever issues they are having and give it time to grow a bit. I'm just wondering what to use open to suggestions I have a 64bit system with windows 7 so I'm more limited in my choices... Is Roboscan any good is it worth trying out?

I'd like to hear how Roboscan has been as well as anyone else using Zonealarm free antivirus+ firewall...

by MidnightCowboy on 1. June 2012 - 7:00  (94266)

Everything ZoneAlarm seems infected with bugs at the moment. IMO if you're looking for a suite then this is miles better all round, especially the firewall.

by Beryl (not verified) on 1. June 2012 - 14:45  (94280)

MC, how effective is the AV component of this suite and can you provide any links to testing of it? Thank You

by MidnightCowboy on 1. June 2012 - 15:56  (94282)

This is where the minefield opens up. You can look at several different tests and see the same number of results, i.e. different :D Then you have to ask yourself just how relevant these results might be to your own real life PC usage? I find the best way to approach this is to accept in advance that no antivirus is going to give you better than 95% and so take some steps to help it out with say a more secure DNS service and a site ratings agent like WOT (Web Of Trust). In strict terms, the AV engine used by Agnitum is not in the top sphere (of tests), but then this includes a firewall with a top class HIPS component. Putting it another way, I was recommending (what was then) FortiClient Standard to folks when its "test" performance was way below that now being achieved by the new version and no one got infected.

Above all, resist the temptation to be swayed by anything you see in a magazine or on Youtube, and you can't go far wrong. :)

by AnonymousD26 (not verified) on 2. June 2012 - 5:39  (94304)

I switched over to Roboscan and it found something hidden in my system which was nice so I can't knock it Zonealarm free AV+firewall let something on my system so it appears. I've been with Agnitum before and had no issues with using it just wasn't really sure of VirusBuster but apparently its a solid AV might not be the best but the firewall and hips like you said makes up for that... Going to try Roboscan out for a bit I like that its Duel engines and has bitdefender engine as well as AlyAC's engine. Seems light enough but with my Intel Core i7 and 8gb ram I'm able to run just about anything without too much issues. I appreciate your comments and thank you for the quick response... I just wish outpost had a android security app I like to keep my smartphone and computer using similar products... I'm not a fan of lookout I really hope I never lose my phone cause I'll have 2200Meters to search lol... Thanks lookout appreciated hope I don't get arrested searching random homes lol... I tend to be sarcastic rather then judgmental. So right now my setup is RoboScan for computer and ALyAC for andorid seems to run smooth on both no issues and they both found 1 piece of malware right away which is nice... I like bitdefender and one of the reasons why I'm trusting those engines is that they are duel so bitdefender should catch something and handle it if need be...

by vodomar on 4. June 2012 - 7:41  (94372)
by AnonymousD26 (not verified) on 5. June 2012 - 14:45  (94437)

Hi all just had a interesting thing happen when I clicked on a link. I started out in the "Probably the Best Free Security List in the World" and clicked on,12
The Ip-Blocking/Hardening category I went to try out Sendori and the page loaded just fine until I tried to download it. I got a blocked alert for avira web protection said sendori is malware and then a few seconds later avira blocked the change of my host file. Thats not good and glad I decided to switch to avira. Just wanted to let everyone know I don't believe it to be a false positive since right after it tried to change my host file. I have Online armor free and avira free and I'm happy to say they work well. I use wireless data stick to access the internet so I was looking for a alternative dns that had a updater and software that would change my dns for me since its sorta like dial up broadband with a data stick any suggestions?? I would use opendns but it will not add my ip for some reason its restricted and I'm not able to do anything... I have the option to change from a dial up wireless modem to using it as a WAN just have to make changes to the tcp connection speed and just didn't want to go through all that. Is mailshield any good? Sendori was blocked for malware I might just stick with my ISP/Cell company.

by MidnightCowboy on 5. June 2012 - 15:36  (94439)

It's important to understand just how Sendori works.

"Sendori will update your computer's DNS settings to protect you from the latest threats, including viruses, worms, and zero-day vulnerabilities".

As you can see, the VirusTotal scan returns just 1/41 and this is one of those crazy "reputation" detections from Symantec.

The alert could have been because of the nature of the program (although not according to the AntiVir scanner used by VT), or something on the page you were downloading from, or a wrapped installer.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 5. June 2012 - 17:33  (94448)

Yes. The program is definitely legitimate. There has been heuristic "detection", probably due to packing or behavior.

by vodomar on 6. June 2012 - 9:03  (94483)

Google:Security warnings for suspected state-sponsored attacks
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:04 PM

by vodomar on 8. June 2012 - 20:37  (94581)

Adobe Releases Sandboxed Flash Player for Firefox

by A_Nonny_Mush (not verified) on 9. June 2012 - 9:36  (94595)

Smart Referer

by vodomar on 9. June 2012 - 13:57  (94605)

thx :)

by vodomar on 9. June 2012 - 14:33  (94607)

ESET: Guarding against password reset attacks with pen and paper

by George.J on 11. June 2012 - 13:31  (94681)

Congrats on the 5 million reads for the article :-) Good job with the article for updating it and keeping it comprehensive.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 11. June 2012 - 14:44  (94685)

Thanks! And thanks for J_L and Vodomar for great work!

by vodomar on 11. June 2012 - 21:29  (94704)

Flame -update:

Matthew Green:Flame, certificates, collisions. Oh my.

Marc Stevens:CWI cryptanalyst discovers new cryptographic attack variant in Flame spy malware

Alex Sotirov:Analyzing the MD5 collision in Flame

by vodomar on 13. June 2012 - 1:41  (94766)

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