Best Security Program for 98SE

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  1. WilliamP

    WilliamP Registered Member

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    I am setting up a 98 sys. for my grandaughter and want a good security ,intrusion prevention program. I have downloaded SpyBot. There is an old Norton Corp. AV on the box that hasn't been updated since 2004.
     
  2. Don Pelotas

    Don Pelotas Registered Member

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    Hi William

    I would in terms of spyware add Spywareblaster and a hostfile (very effective) like http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm if you can get her to update it regularly (1-3 times a month.

    For AV i would look at http://www.drweb.com/ & F-Prot, they are the absolut lightest AV's i know off and good too. DrWeb also has addtional signaturebases dealing with adware/spyware, they are still called beta, but are safe to use, you sign up for them here. :)
     
  3. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Hi WilliamP,

    When I ran my Win98SE computer, I ran PC-Cillin Internet Security 2005 for Anti-Virus from Trend Micro (yearly paid). I supplemented it with ZoneAlarm Free from ZoneLabs to notify me of outbound connection attempts and to stealth my ports. On my WinXP I currently running ZoneAlarm Free version (5.5.094.000) and am avoiding the update to 6.0.667.000 as bugs have already been reported see Other Firewalls here at Wilders Security Forums.

    PC-Cillin has realtime scanning, a lightweight firewall, frequent signature updates, Windows Update security scan, spyware scanner, etc.

    I suggest you read up here on hardening your system before adding more software: http://www.dyingsun.net/hardening.htm and here for Security Software and Links: http://www.dyingsun.net/apps.htm

    Here are some links to alternatives:
    ZoneAlarm Free: http://www.zonelabs.com
    Sygate Personal Firewall: http://www.sygate.com [See SPFGuide]
    SPFGuide: http://www.kotiposti.net/string/SPF_eng/SPFGuide.html

    In addition to Spybot S&D 1.4, here are some other recommended freeware additions:
    Ad-Aware SE 1.06: http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/
    SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    SpywareGuard: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sgdownload.html
    IE-SPYAD: http://www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/resource.htm
    CWShredder: http://www.trendmicro.com/cwshredder/
    TrendMicroSpywareRemovalTool: http://www.trendmicro.com/spyware-scan/]
    Hosts file: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

    Freeware Anti-virus:
    Avast!: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_software.html
    AVG 7 Free: http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php
    http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en--BitDefender-Free-Edition-v7.html

    Look here for an independent test between major AVS:
    http://www.av-comparatives.org
    Click on the left-hand panel Comparatives for the August 2005 on-demand test results of over 400,00 tests. Download the PDF zipped file if it does not render properly.

    I highly recommend you install Firefox from http://www.mozilla.org as an alternative browser, and keep Internet Explorer w/latest updates from Microsoft for Windows Updates on a monthly basis - second Tuesday of month.

    Surfing behavior, i.e. P2P websites for downloading music, videos, etc. have a high probability of installing malware on a computer, as does surfing to websites that are on the "seedy" or dark side of computing - be careful what you download. Lots of freeware may sound like they are too good to be true - careful here, they are and are most likely to install malware on the computer.

    -- Tom
     
  4. patermann

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    I think that they have just updated the free edition of BitDefender to version 8. I don't know what the differences are.

    You could also add A-squared free (http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/) to the list as it runs quite happily on Win98SE - I know because I use it myself!

    Another you could look at is WinPatrol (http://www.winpatrol.com/) which also has a free version.

    One final recommendation: A simple small utility that does one job and does it well is StartupMonitor by Mike Lin (http://mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml). As its name suggests it monitors your startup programs and warns you of any changes, giving you the chance to reject those changes. Note that you do not need this if you run SpyBot's TeaTimer as it also monitors your startup programs.

    I am sure that you already know this but, just in case, run one firewall and one real-time anti-virus scanner only as two may conflict with each other and make your PC unstable. Most anti-trojans/anti-spyware applications may be run together without conflicts although there may be some duplication of functions.

    HTH

    patermann
     
  5. WilliamP

    WilliamP Registered Member

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    Thank you all for the help. I have installed Avast AV, SpyBot and Zone Alarm Free. This computer only has 64 MB Ram and a 4 GIG HD.
     
  6. Beefcarver

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    keep the avast it works great on 98. I have win98sE and this is what all I use and it works great. adaware SE , spybot, A2 free, Bitdefender Free. Spywareblaster,spywareguard. Also Spysweeper (paid).... I use crapcleaner
    www.ccleaner.com regularly to clean things out. Donot use Internet explorer for your main browser, very insecure. I use netscape its better and safer.

    also tuneup utilities is nice. www.tune-up.com good Luck.
     
  7. Kye-U

    Kye-U Security Expert

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    I've heard Dr. Web works better on Windows 98 than on NT. This is because it was originally created and optimized for the 98 system, and that the one for NT is buggy...
     
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