Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

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8. System hardening & protection

8.1. Guides for securing your PC:
Gizmo's Security Wizard
Ako's current choices for protection
Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC
Best Free Security Diet Plan
BlueZanetti
Cyber Security Tips
Select Real Security
CKnow Virus Tutorial
Invincible Windows
10 services to turn off in MS Windows XP
Microsoft: How to disable the Autorun functionality in Windows (more: XP  V )
Creating a secure domain policy in Windows 
Security Beacon – Security Check List

8.2. Standard (limited) user account:
Why you should not run your computer as an administrator
Vista, 7  another
XP

8.3. User Account Control (UAC):
Understanding The Windows 7 UAC
Auto-elevate for admin
TweakUAC
UAC Tweak
UAC Controller Tool
UACController
Norton UAC Tool
Get Rid Of UAC Prompts With Microsoft’s Application Compatibility Toolkit
Scheduled task shortcut
UAC Trust Shortcut
LOGINstall
UAC Pass Automatically Creates UAC Free Shortcut

8.4. Running a program with different privileges or as different user:
Three Tips for Running Programs as Administrator in Windows 7
PsExec
StripMyRights
1-defender
RunInsideLimitedJob  
RunasRob
RunasSpc
Sudo for windows
suDown
SuRun; Wilders Security thread on SuRun
PowerBroker Desktops

8.5. Anti-executable:
Software Restriction Policies (feature of Windows) Tutorial #1
Software Restriction Policies (feature of Windows) Tutorial #2 - http[COLON]//www[DOT]nsa[DOT]gov/ia/_files/os/win2k/application_whitelisting_using_srp[DOT]pdf
Software Policy (use Software Restriction Policies on all Windows editions); Wilders Security thread on Software Policy
Pretty Good Security (use Software Restriction Policies on all Windows editions); Wilders Security thread on Pretty Good Security
AppLocker (feature of Windows); MrBrian's AppLocker rules
Parental Controls (feature of Windows)
Tuersteher Light (see entry from May 20, 2013); Wilders Security thread on Tuersteher Light
Using Comodo Internet Security as an anti-executable
Process Blocker
Process Guard
Trust-no-exe
Winsonar
Xyvos WhiteList Antivirus
NoVirusThanks EXE Radar  $
AskAdmin
Application Blocker 
Task Blocker

8.6. Anti-exploit tools:
Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit; NEMET 
Crystal Anti-Exploit Protection (beta)
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (beta)

8.7. Hardening tools:
Vispa
xpy
Harden-It
SafeXP
XPantispy
Security & Privacy Complete
Seconfig XP
Samurai
Accounts Tuner
Windows Worms Doors Cleaner
Safe Admin 2

8.8. Protection against specific vulnerabilities:
.LNK Shortcut Antivirus
.LNK G Data
.LNK Sophos
CryptoPrevent
Bitdefender Anti-CryptoLocker

8.9. USB-autorun disabling:
Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine
Flash disinfector
Thumbscrew
USB Immunizer
Protect My Disk
USB Protector
AutoRun Antivirus Pro
Ntfs Drive Protection

8.10. USB firewall:
No Autorun
Antirun
McShield
Net Studio USB FireWall
Autorun Eater
Ninja Pendisk!
MxOne
USB WriteProtector
USB Drive Antivirus
USB Flash Drives Control
Pen Drive Locker / Unlocker
USB Guardian
Free USB Disk Security
Perfectly Protected USB Flash Drive
Nomesoft USB Guard
USB-AV Free
Windows USB Blocker 

8.11. USB protection (other):
Bitdefender USB immunizer 
USBDummyProtect
USBVirusScan 
busdog
Ratool 

8.12. Script-file protection:
Script Defender
ScripTrap

8.13. Running program with specific integrity level:
Runasil
Chml and Regil

8.14. Improved Group Policy Editor:
Doug's Windows XP Security Console
Polsedit  

8.15 File & folder properties:
FaJo XP FSE
Attribute Changer
NTFS Permissions Tools
PathLock
NTFS Permissions Reporter 
NTFS Permissions Explorer
SetACL

8.16. Check for privilege escalation:
AccessEnum 
AccessChk 
Dark Elevator 
AccessScanner 

8.17. Hardware security features:
Determine Processor Security Feature

8.18. Data Execution Prevention (DEP):
Turning DEP on
DEP Tools

8.19. Structured Exception Handling Overwrite Protection (SEHOP):
Turning SEHOP on

8.20. Buffer overflow protection and/or address space randomization (ASLR):
WehnTrust
BufferShield
Comodo Memory Firewall

8.21. Anti-keylogger:
SpyShelter
Snoopfree
DataGuard AntiKeylogger
Zemana AntiLogger Free
KL-detector
PSMA
MyPlanetSoft Anti-Keylogger
What is the BEST Anti Keylogger and Anti Screen Capture Software?
Key scrambling:
KeyScrambler Personal (FF,IE)
NextGen Antikeylogger(FF,IE,OB)

8.22. Shutdown prevention:
ShutdownGuard

8.23. File change protection:
SensiveGuard
CoreForce
PE Guard

8.24. Anti dialer:
Emsisoft Anti Dialer
Dialer shields
AntiDialer

8.25. Prevent other users deleting files/folders:
Prevent
System Protect

8.26. MBR protection:
nProtect MBR Guard
EMBRLock

8.27. Other:
Protect Windows with pfSense and VirtualBox

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by Conan (not verified) on 24. September 2012 - 9:27  (99681)

SysRestore
-http://www.sysnew.com/

This program is similar to CTM and RollbackRX.

The free version offers creation up to 10 snapshots.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 24. September 2012 - 15:59  (99696)

Thanks!
But I think 10 too little.

by ako on 24. September 2012 - 21:42  (99703)

I added it anyway.

by alexxx46 on 24. September 2012 - 10:51  (99687)

According to Bitdefender TrafficLight, immunos.net 'contains viruses or other malware'.
This site is Chinese.

by MidnightCowboy on 24. September 2012 - 12:20  (99688)

This too is a false positive. URL Void returns 2/30 of which BitDefender is one, VT is clean 0/29 and Zulu returns 0/100. It would be a good idea to make a note of these links so you can check out any future queries yourself.
https://www.virustotal.com/url/00a66e40e43897bfd215dd08dd3b7aa2d5ef69e15...
http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/1c2d244b3077c5b2d316d07ce1edd43e...

by alexxx46 on 24. September 2012 - 21:38  (99699)

Thank you MC.
Yet, WOT's rating of the site (3 of 5) is not very inspiring as well. All in all, there are too many caveats for an AV imo.

by MidnightCowboy on 25. September 2012 - 4:15  (99713)

You're welcome.:) This is just my personal opinion, but unless I had a spare machine for testing only, I would never trust any new program to be my main AV, irrespective of what ratings it might have. I remember well how UnThreat launched at the top of the independent testing pile, and is now down at the bottom. There are now so many well established and consistent freeware solutions available, there really is no need to risk your machine to a new product. For standard programs, AVG continues to impress with it's 2013 version and Forticlient is now up with the board leaders. For suites I personally am using ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall with zero issues to report and of course the free Agnitum suite (Outpost) is also producing favourable reviews.

by alexxx46 on 26. September 2012 - 20:04  (99797)

I am using MS Security Essentials and EMSIsoft Emergency Kit together with MS Win 7 Firewall but I think I'll give a try to Forticlient instead of MS SE. Outpost is good and reliable, its' main con being the abundance of rather slow message boxes.

by MidnightCowboy on 27. September 2012 - 4:56  (99825)

Let us know how you get on with FortiClient. Incidentally, the old FortiClient Standard suite (AV, firewall, web filter, VPN) is still available at Softpedia.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/FortiClient.shtml

The only thing I'm unsure about is how much it is being updated. This won't contain their new technology but for a full suite with an excellent web filter it was always a good performer.

by alexxx46 on 27. September 2012 - 19:26  (99869)

A newer version of Forticlient Lite 4.3.2 (without Firewall) can be also downloaded from Forticlient.com via Download.com. It seems to be a clean download, no crapware inside.

by AnonymousD27 (not verified) on 24. September 2012 - 7:03  (99674)

I tried that link at the bottom and Agnitum stopped and quarantined a threat and I canceled the installation. I got alerted to Adware.MarketScore!zitxnvecDX8 type trojan. Just letting you know so check it out I was going to try it out decided not to when that popped up.

by MidnightCowboy on 24. September 2012 - 8:01  (99676)

This will be a false positive. See the VT analysis results here:

https://www.virustotal.com/file/c135472cea436a68bea275f545880a7405ddae0e...

by AnonymousD27 (not verified) on 21. September 2012 - 21:00  (99569)

I didn't realize that Roboscan Internet security free did so well in the recent test I was surprised where it was on the detection list. I have Agnitum Outpost security suit free and I'm happy with it. I see Agnitum way down a bit below half way was considering the switch to try Roboscan Internet security free. Any recommendations is it worth trying or should I just stick with what I have?

by Anupam on 22. September 2012 - 6:30  (99588)

Can you please share your experience with the free Agnitum suite? It looks interesting, but its site puts me in doubt. There is very little information about the suite on its site. Also, it does not seem like it's being updated.. no version information too. From its download page on CNET, the program hasn't been updated since April 2011. Don't know if they are developing it or not. This creates whole loads of doubts.

by AnonymousD27 (not verified) on 22. September 2012 - 20:56  (99619)

As you mentioned it has been a while since there was any updates to the program version. It's still version 7.1.1. I think they recently upgraded the Anti-malware engine component in the program for all versions but its only been minor changes nothing major in the last year or so and minor updates roll in when the updater runs. I am hoping they are in development of it still maybe working on the next version who knows really I haven't contacted them or inquired I guess that could happen next just to see what they have planned. It really is a good suit much better then Zonealarm free AV+ Firewall for a few reasons.
I have tried both Zonealarm's free AV+ Firewall and have gone back to Agnitum's Outpost Security Suit Free. I think Agnitum still has the better product and even though it hasn't been updated in a little while I'm sure they will soon enough. I'm happy with their HIPS and firewall component isn't too talkative if you don't want too many pop ups and can also be really talkative if you want more control over your system. The Anti-malware component is decent I believe it is a third party engine incorporated and not in house I checked and it seems its provided by VirusBuster. I haven't had any complaints with it in the time I've used it seems to offer average or above average protection. I still would recommend it even though its version hasn't changed in a bit. The HIPS is solid, the firewall is effective and the anti-malware is effective as well I haven't used the anti-spam feature as I don't have outlook or any other email clients. I do like how light it is on my system I don't find any slowdowns at all or slight pauses that can sometimes happen with other programs like Zonealarm. I look forward to seeing what they come up with in the next version I think they will keep adding to the free version as so many other providers have been as they move forward with their products. Its the minimum basic protection that one should have for their system with the threats these days I run it with Trusteer Rapport for the added online fraud protection for online banking and sensitive information. Still a good choice and I plan to stick with them. I hope that's helpful I haven't had any bad experiences with them to mention.

by Island Andy (not verified) on 24. September 2012 - 9:27  (99680)

I am also using the Outpost Security Suite Free version. I like the firewall and, like you, also find that it does not slow down my system as much as some other options have, e.g., ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus plus Firewall. While Outpost Free does not allow you to schedule any scans, it automatically does a quick scan (about 45 minutes) at 1:00 a.m. every night. This is OK with me. I also hope they do an upgrade to the free version. I asked them about this on FaceBook, but they haven't responded yet.

by Anupam on 24. September 2012 - 7:05  (99675)

Thanks a lot. That was indeed helpful, as I think this is the first time someone has shared their first hand experience about the product here on TSA. It's good to know it's working well, and it runs light, and that you are happy with it.

I do hope that they develop it further, because from their site for the free suite, presently, it gives the impression that they do not care about this product much, and it kinda looks abandoned.
But still, from your experience, it looks like a usable product, and so if people are interested in a free suite, they can go for it.

by AnonymousD27 (not verified) on 24. September 2012 - 1:42  (99665)

I just wanted to make current and future Agnitum users aware of this, I haven't checked their site before now but since the last comment on here I decided to look into it and glad I did. http://agnitumblog.blogspot.ca/
Agnitum Aquires VirusBuster technology and will provide it in house after October 1st. I guess there will be a new major update coming not sure what they have planned for the free Security Suit they offer could be the time to inquire.

by AnonymousD27 (not verified) on 24. September 2012 - 2:23  (99667)

It looks like VirusBister is closing Agnitum will be taking over... http://www.virusbuster.hu/en/products/product-news/virusbuster-products-withdrawal

by MidnightCowboy on 22. September 2012 - 1:07  (99575)

IMO stick with what you've got. Swapping AV's on the basis of a new set of test results make little sense, and doing so risks leaving something behind in your system that will affect the performance of new programs. UnThreat turned in similar results when it was first released, now it's at the bottom. Stick with one of the tried and trusted long term performers, of which there are plenty to choose from.

by vodomar on 21. September 2012 - 9:10  (99545)
by Ako (the) (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 21:12  (100015)

Cool stuff ;)

by vodomar on 20. September 2012 - 19:26  (99524)

An Alert System for Security Breaches

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/an-alert-system-for-security-br...

see section 14.10 :)

by vodomar on 20. September 2012 - 19:21  (99523)
by vodomar on 20. September 2012 - 7:27  (99491)

VB100 - Windows 7

One third of products failed to achieve VB100 certification in a comparative test on Windows 7
http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/latest_comparative/index

by MidnightCowboy on 20. September 2012 - 7:46  (99492)

CMC Internet Security 448 false positives. Were there any files left on the test machine? :D

by vodomar on 20. September 2012 - 10:11  (99498)

already has a well-deserved place in the Prisoners :D

by AnonymousD27 (not verified) on 20. September 2012 - 23:48  (99529)

I guess you'll save a cell for them in case they have to do time again lol... @MidnightCowboy I bet there isn't much files left after that just about 500 false positives, they might think about a feature to cut down on that false positives maybe cloud verification or something.

by MidnightCowboy on 21. September 2012 - 5:00  (99536)

Certainly the coding needs a lot more work. :)

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