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Old 24. Oct 2014, 05:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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@Sope, and talking about MSE1, that was the last antivirus that I used. I am sure you can be safe without an antivirus, if I can you can. But if you want to use one that gets along real well with Sandboxie, MSE is the one. I haven't read about any problems between SBIE and MSE for at least 4 years.

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Old 24. Oct 2014, 07:50 PM   #22 (permalink)
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@Sope, and talking about MSE1, that was the last antivirus that I used. I am sure you can be safe without an antivirus, if I can you can. But if you want to use one that gets along real well with Sandboxie, MSE is the one. I haven't read about any problems between SBIE and MSE for at least 4 years.

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Thanks for the info Bo.

I have enough confidence in Sandboxie to feel comfortable without a resident antivirus so that's what I'm going to go with too.
It's pretty much become second nature now for me to sandbox any software that may potentially make my system vulnerable to malware so I can't foresee any problems.

Useful to know that MSE plays nicely with SBIE though.
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Old 25. Oct 2014, 05:31 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I have enough confidence in Sandboxie to feel comfortable without a resident antivirus so that's what I'm going to go with too.
I think feeling comfortable is the key. If you dont feel the urge to run scans, to me, that means that you are ready to go without an AV.

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Does anyone know if automatic scan of pen drives is present in other free antivirus or not?
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Qihoo 360 Total Security has this feature. I don't remember if Internet Security version had.

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I believe MSE does that. I remember it giving me a virus alert one time immediately after inserting a USB drive. That was a long time ago with MSE1.

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I don't think MSE has this feature, or ever had. It's probably because the malware has already entered into the system.
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Old 26. Oct 2014, 07:25 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 26. Oct 2014, 09:43 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I don't think MSE has this feature, or ever had. It's probably because the malware has already entered into the system.
George....malware doesn't enter the system when you run all your programs and files sandboxed and thats exactly what I do (with rare exceptions). And I also sandbox my flash drives, in real world that means that when I insert a flash drive, the USB drive opens up using a sandboxed Windows explorer. Anything that runs runs sandboxed. Anyway, what I said before is what I remember.

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George....malware doesn't enter the system when you run all your programs and files sandboxed and thats exactly what I do (with rare exceptions). And I also sandbox my flash drives, in real world that means that when I insert a flash drive, the USB drive opens up using a sandboxed Windows explorer. Anything that runs runs sandboxed. Anyway, what I said before is what I remember.

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Your antivirus software should also catch viruses in the sandboxed explorer. Isn't that right?
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Your antivirus software should also catch viruses in the sandboxed explorer. Isn't that right?
The USB drive folder opens up automatically using a sandboxed Explorer when you insert a flash drive, that way if something runs, it runs sandboxed. Thats how that works.

When I inserted the USB drive, there was a pop that said Malware. I don't even think it was malware since I don't share USB drives, it was my own USB drive and I only had a few files in there that I knew very well what they were. The virus popup by MSE came without me executing anything.

George, I am not an antivirus guy, I haven't used real time AV for 4 years but what happened that day showed me that (regardless that it was a false positive) MSE does indeed protect when you plug a flash drive to your computer. Otherwise, Why the popup as I inserted the flash drive and I had not executed anything?

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Old 29. Oct 2014, 08:50 AM   #29 (permalink)
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In Avast 2015, they have made the various settings simpler, which were spread across number of screens, so that's good.

There are some settings which need to be given attention to.

Under the General tab, make sure you uncheck the box for "Participate in the Avast community", which is checked by default. If you do not uncheck, it will forward some security related information anonymously from your computer.

In the Update tab, a new option is now there for the Program update, namely "Ask when update is downloaded". As evident, it will download the update first, and then ask if you want to apply it. So unless you want this setting, change it. I prefer to update manually, and that too, by downloading the installer, and so, I generally go for the option "Ask when an update is available".

If you had chosen custom installation, and had got the option to install Avast NG (some kind of sandboxing), then this process when it runs, can cause system slowdown for sometime. You can choose not to install it, during installation. Some users might not get this option too... like myself. Depends on the hardware I think, not sure. So, if you do install this and experience slowdown, then you can either choose to uninstall this feature by going to Programs and Features and changing the installation, or, another way is to uncheck the checkbox for "Enable hardware-assisted virtualization", in the Troubleshooting tab.

Also, if you had opted to install Browser Protection, then there is some kind of setting in there, which allows you to forward system related information. You have to opt-out of it, which can be done from the setting. I don't install that feature, and so cannot provide anymore details, but opt-out instructions are available on Avast site.
The opt-out link is also displayed on the install screen, on the user agreement screen, when you start installation of Avast. Make sure you click on it, and bookmark it, for reference later.
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Addition of Home Network Security is a good feature by Avast. It will scan your home network for potential security problems and alert you. Very useful.

I performed this scan, and did get an alert from Avast. However, the setting was already made in my router settings for the security issue. So, it was a false positive. Still, useful feature.
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