Do I Have Enough Protection?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Ken7, Jun 6, 2009.

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  1. Ken7

    Ken7 Registered Member

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    Could you tell me if I need to add anything or if I have too many of the same types of Software protection? I don't want to run redundant scans if its not needed etc.

    Thanks

    All of these are the Free Versions, using Windows XP Home Ver3:

    AntiVir
    COMODO Firewall
    Spyware Blaster
    Prevx 3.0
    A-Squared
    Malwarebytes
    Superantispyware
    CC Cleaner
    Firefox
     
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    You could cut a few anti-malware scanners.
    Using an imaging program would be a good addition.
    Macrium Reflect is freeware. There are other good imaging programs also.

    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
     
  3. bollity

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    I think your have enough protection.
    I personally use 3 things for protection:
    1-avira free or avast.
    2-good firewall with HIPS.
    3-superantispyware and a-squared as on-demand scanners.
     
  4. Saraceno

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    TT, this really works well for a free version? Might have to try it out. :)
     
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    The only pitfall can be building the BartPE cd.
    If you can do that, it's an easy program to use.
     
  6. Saraceno

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    Ok thanks. I'll give the program a go.
     
  7. gery

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    i would ditch a-squared and MBAM and just use SA and DR WEB CURE IT
     
  8. Retadpuss

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    You have too many scanners.

    I would stick with Avira and Prex 3 for realtime (Im assuming Prevx is registered and so offers protection) and dump the rest. You could keep A2 for on demand scans. The other scannerss are useless with your setup.

    The only other thing you may want is something like Sandboxie and or Returnil.

    Have a good system backup as well.

    Dont fall for the nonsense that you need all these scanners / apps running - you do not. You need one realtime scanner (posssibly two if the other is Prevx or A2). You need a firewall (I use the built in / Win 7 one - fine if you are behind a router). A HIPS is sensible - Zemana is fantastic. A Sandbox will help PREVENT infection - so Sandboxie is useful.
     
  9. Fly

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    You might want to buy the premium (paid) version of Avira, it offers some extras. You might even want to buy the suite, it was very light on this 5 years old system when I tested it. If you do that, you could probably get rid of most of those other programs. Avira is very good for detection/prevention, but it is said to be not so good at removing infections, in which case you could use other software to remove those, or just restore a known clean image like I do. :)

    But indeed, that's not free. But what is truly free ? (Spending time, effort)
     
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