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Old 20. Jan 2015, 06:50 AM   #951 (permalink)
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Mine is the same, year after year.

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No scanners (real time or on demand).

Real time antiviruses like Avast or on demand scanners like Spybot don't do well against zero day threats. Learning how to protect yourself against that kind of threat is the key for a malware free computer and internet experience.

For on demand scanners: I suggest you uninstall Spybot and use the best on demand scanners that are available. Malwarebytes and Hitman pro.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ma..._anti_malware/
http://www.surfright.nl/en

Johan, the best program that I know of that you can use to protect yourself is called Sandboxie. If you like to check it out, below is the link to the SBIE site. If you check it out and would like to ask some questions, you can do it here.
http://www.sandboxie.com/

Bo

Almost the same. Switched over to TinyWall and so far so good. It's sad to see a decent product like comodo firewall become bloated (why would I need a HIPS, defense + and more bloat with a firewall which should only take care of which app uses the internet and so on ).

Using EMET, sandboxie and a standard windows 7 account.
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Old 21. Jan 2015, 10:37 AM   #952 (permalink)
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I've tried Tinywall a couple of times and haven't got on very well with it, sadly.

I love the idea but I've found it a bit buggy and unstable on my systems.

- The dependency on net framework causes it (for me) to run into the common W7 problem of systray icons being absent after a restart and I found that it crashes periodically too.

- The process of adding programs to the exceptions list seems a bit unnecessarily long-winded to me ... there's no capability to select multiple executables/processes so each addition requires selection and confirmation before moving to the next.

- The abilty to detect child processes doesn't work very often so something with multiple processes (e.g. portable Panda Cloud Scanner) is a PITA to get running.

- The log window is very erratic in my experience ... it has frequently failed to register blocked processes for me.

- I'm not entirely sure how to configure it safely for torrent clients, but I own that as being down to my own lack of knowledge.

- I miss pop-up warnings ... I like to be told when a process wants to connect to the internet. I know that's a matter of personal preference and goes against the stated ethos of Tinywall, but an option to display warnings would be a huge improvement to me ... aside from anything else it helps when trying to determine what processes to allow when using a scanner like Panda where the names of the executables aren't a lot of help in finding out what they do.

I do really like Tinywall and I keep trying it every time there's an upgrade - ideally I'd like to have a system running Tinywall alongside Qihoo plus some kind of BB like MjRegWatcher - but I'm sticking with Comodo CIS for now. Personally I like Comodo's HIPS and BB etc, but I appreciate that they aren't for everybody and they do take some getting used to.

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Old 21. Jan 2015, 01:30 PM   #953 (permalink)
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XP SP3
Firewall: Comodo (HIPS disabled)
AV: Panda
On-demand scanners: MBAM and HMP
HIPS: Winpatrol
Rootkits: TDSSKill
2 tablespoons of prevention: EMET and Cryptoprevent
Anti-keylogger: KeyScrambler
FF browser with niumerous addons including Ghostery , WOT and HTTPS-everywhere. The browser is run inside Sandboxie.
DNS: Norton
Passwords: Lastpass
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Old 21. Jan 2015, 01:49 PM   #954 (permalink)
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Same here, except I also have WinPatrol and MBAM.
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Old 21. Jan 2015, 03:20 PM   #955 (permalink)
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Er....!

How about: "I'm not going to publish them on a public Forum"

Like: "I'm NOT going on holiday next week!"
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Old 21. Jan 2015, 04:44 PM   #956 (permalink)
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Rescued a Vista box some time back from a friend who was about to scrap it. Cleaned it up just for the heck of it - must be getting pretty close by now to being the only person left who likes Vista.

Vista Home Premium
Qihoo 360 Total Security 6.0.0.1108 beta
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WOT, bit of common sense - (mrs deya would disagree)
On demand scanners; MBAM, HMP.

Ran MSE on it for a long time without issue then, for no particular reason, decided to try something different for a change. Tried a few other free AV's then settled on 360 TS. Runs great on Vista. Was using Comodo DNS up until recently but started having one or two site loading problems so switched back to Norton.
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Old 22. Jan 2015, 07:11 AM   #957 (permalink)
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I've tried Tinywall a couple of times and haven't got on very well with it, sadly.

I love the idea but I've found it a bit buggy and unstable on my systems.

- The dependency on net framework causes it (for me) to run into the common W7 problem of systray icons being absent after a restart and I found that it crashes periodically too.

- The process of adding programs to the exceptions list seems a bit unnecessarily long-winded to me ... there's no capability to select multiple executables/processes so each addition requires selection and confirmation before moving to the next.

- The abilty to detect child processes doesn't work very often so something with multiple processes (e.g. portable Panda Cloud Scanner) is a PITA to get running.

- The log window is very erratic in my experience ... it has frequently failed to register blocked processes for me.

- I'm not entirely sure how to configure it safely for torrent clients, but I own that as being down to my own lack of knowledge.

- I miss pop-up warnings ... I like to be told when a process wants to connect to the internet. I know that's a matter of personal preference and goes against the stated ethos of Tinywall, but an option to display warnings would be a huge improvement to me ... aside from anything else it helps when trying to determine what processes to allow when using a scanner like Panda where the names of the executables aren't a lot of help in finding out what they do.

I do really like Tinywall and I keep trying it every time there's an upgrade - ideally I'd like to have a system running Tinywall alongside Qihoo plus some kind of BB like MjRegWatcher - but I'm sticking with Comodo CIS for now. Personally I like Comodo's HIPS and BB etc, but I appreciate that they aren't for everybody and they do take some getting used to.
@ sicknero: Don't get me wrong, Comodo's firewall is still a great product. I've been using this firewall for quite a long time. However, IMHO, I think that they should not have included more and more stuff into it (the older versions were much better). Tinywall is way too simplified and does not allow any program to connect to the internet until you whitelist it. Regarding torrent clients, yes, Comodo did provide a lot of options. For Tinywall, I'm not messing around too much. Just using the "unrestricted UDP and TCP traffic" option for all whitelisted applications (including utorrent). Should hopefully be fine.
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Old 22. Jan 2015, 02:41 PM   #958 (permalink)
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I agree Comodo is quite a package that can demand a bit of a learning curve for those who want to get stuck into it. On the other hand a lot of people seem happy with running it set for minimal user input and resource wise it's as good as anything else in my experience ... I'm getting on quite well with v8, there have been some definite improvements in this release. I frequently try out alternatives but so far I always end up returning to CIS for one reason or another.

Tinywall is completely the other end of the spectrum ... I do like the default-deny and simplicity ethos but for me it's gone just a little bit too far ... I'd like to see a release that can be run as it is for people who like it that way but with a little bit of extra configurability for people who want that.

Must admit I've thought the same as Burn It a few times, i.e. is it sensible to post security set-up details on a public forum ... my thoughts though are that if someone has the skills to be a specific threat to my system, then they probably aren't going to be slowed down for long by not knowing what security software I use.

I'm interested to hear what others have to say on the topic.
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Old 25. Jan 2015, 03:25 PM   #959 (permalink)
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You're never going to stop anyone who is sat at your machine, but a decent firewall in both your router and your PC will make it difficult enough online that they will choose an easier target - unless of course someone IS out to get you.
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You're never going to stop anyone who is sat at your machine, but a decent firewall in both your router and your PC will make it difficult enough online that they will choose an easier target - unless of course someone IS out to get you.

Well said....Removed tinywall, kind of missing Comodo's notifications. But right now sticking with the default firewall (i.e. Windows 7 firewall), set it to notify new programs and it's fine so far.....
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