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Old 20. Aug 2012, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Could anyone help me in finding good freeware tools using which I can provide maximum security to my system? i.e. 1)I should be safe from virus, trojans, malwares, rootkits 2) I should be able to provide online security like threats from email, malicious sites 3) Threats from unchecked USB sticks. 4) Also tools that improve efficiency and clean the system. But if more than 3 or 4 tools are running concurrently then it leads to slower system. So please provide optimum solution.
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Old 20. Aug 2012, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum!

Before starting out with any tools, ensure that you are:

1. Using a limited user account and not an administrator account.

2. Keep all your software updated. You could make use of a third party tool like File Hippo's update scanner or other alternatives:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...te-monitor.htm

Make sure that Windows update is turned on.

3. There are lots of good free security software out there. Take some time to browse this section to find out what could suit your needs:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/pc/security-tools.html

4. Microsoft Security Essentials is a good antivirus software capable of blocking most malware out there. I have used it and would recommend it heartily.

5. Disable write access to USB sticks to prevent malware:

http://www.ampercent.com/enable-disa...sb-drive/6264/

This would be the basic protection that is required for any system. Are you using Win XP or Win 7? Just asking since 7 has slightly better protection than XP.

PS: If you practice safe browsing and stick to known sites, that would keep your system safe and sound.

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Old 20. Aug 2012, 05:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would urge you to try out the Security Wizard that can be found at:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/SecWiz

It should tell you pretty much everything you need to know.

P.S. Depending upon your level of expertise, you also might want to consider Sandboxie. (I don't believe that the Security Wizard touches on Sandboxie.)
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Old 20. Aug 2012, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is in reply to the 'The concerned user'. Thanks for your prompt reply. I just want to know the tools other than Microsoft Security Essentials. I am using Windows 7. I will strictly follow all the suggestions you have provided. Thanks for your detailed reply. I am using DoNotTrack+, AdBlock addons. I use WOT to avoid malicious sites. I use CCleaner to clean my system regularly. I am looking for just some more tools in order to safeguard my system slightly compromising on Speed and load time. Thanks again.
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Old 20. Aug 2012, 10:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is in response to 'The concerned user' I just read some articles for which you people have provided the link. Thank u very much. The article 'Safe Computing in Under an Hour' was excellent. I was looking exactly for that type of article. Also I am using the tool provided at the site for disabling the write access to USB. Thank u very much.

This is in response to 'kendall.a'. OMG!!! What a beautiful recommendation. That was exactly what I was looking for. The Link that you have provided is a must read for every computer user. It has been designed very well. I will recommend this to all my friends. Thank god, I came to know about this site. I have never seen such an useful site. I don't know how to appreciate more than this.

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Old 21. Aug 2012, 11:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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1)I should be safe from virus, trojans, malwares, rootkits 2) I should be able to provide online security like threats from email, malicious sites
I will suggest you Avast free antivirus. It has excellent detection, and is light on the system. It's one of the most popular free antivirus. Plus, it has various shields which will provide ample protection that you need. Apart from the regular file shield, it has web shield, which protects you against malicious websites, and malware from bad sites. It has mail shield, script shield, IM shield, P2P shield, network shield, which offer protection on different levels.

Read more here : http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...s-software.htm

Apart from Avast, I will also suggest Sandboxie free to you. It is a great security tool, which will keep you safe online while browsing. It's easy to learn, and it will greatly increase security for you. Do try to learn more about it.

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3) Threats from unchecked USB sticks.
Apart from the advice which Concerned User gave, I will also suggest Panda USB Vaccine. First, it can turn off the auto-run feature of flash drives on the computer, and thus 'vaccinates' the computer.

Also, it can 'vaccinate' the flash drive itself, by putting its own special autorun.inf file on it, which prevents creation of autorun.inf file by malware, which is how the malware spreads from a USB drive.

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4) Also tools that improve efficiency and clean the system.
CCleaner is great to clean the system. Nothing else is required. Just do not use the registry cleaner.

You can also use a defragment software to regularly defrag the hard drive, which will increase its performance and speed.

Other than these, nothing special is required.

Just follow safe practices, safe browsing, common sense, and it's enough to keep the system safe.
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Old 21. Aug 2012, 05:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is to Anupam.
Thank u for your detailed analysis of my problems. U have made what seemed to me as a complicated exercise, sooooo simple. U people are soooo.... helpful.

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