I want to "run naked" or at least VERY light, your advice please.

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by brjoon1021, Jun 20, 2008.

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  1. brjoon1021

    brjoon1021 Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I have a laptop that has Win XP SP3 on it. I have been running AV, AS, etc... etc... just like my desktop. It does not handle the overhead that well and I need it to be FAST. I have maxed the RAM and Hard drive capacities so I need to cut back on software overhead.

    I want to run without AV, AS, AT - pretty much anything like a real-time scanner or safeguard. I only need to go to three different websites with this laptop and they are secure. So, what would you guys recommend to me ?

    I already use SandboxIE with Firefox on the laptop. I am about to do a complete reinstall of XP on a new, larger hard disk (to improve speed and bootup) so I can start from scratch. Assuming you would recommend sandboxIE, what else would be good such as snapshot software, sandboxes and that kind of thing. In other words, I am looking at the "you can't hurt me because I can always reboot" approach rather than layers of applications for protection.

    thanks!

    B
     
  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    You really don't need anything special. Basic Windows firewall and a good browser, Firefox (maybe with Noscript if you like) or Opera. And that's it. You don't need anything else.
    Mrk
     
  3. Long View

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    agree fully with Mrkvonic.

    I'm not convinced about the need for Sandboxie. You might want to try Retunrnil and you should certainly have an imaging program ( e.g shadow Protect) so if something did go wrong you could restore you system.
     
  4. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

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    I agree with Mrk.
     
  5. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    Separate system and data.
    Freeze your system with Returnil or Shadowdefender.
    Run Firefox in a sandbox and lock your data partition, while on the internet..
    Ignore everything, practice safe hex and consider anything new as a threat.

    Backup your data partition every day, but only the changes.
    Don't backup your actual system, but restore, update and backup your clean system and use it as your new actual system.
     
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  6. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    Copy me on posts 2, 3 & 4.
     
  7. emperordarius

    emperordarius Registered Member

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    You could just freeze your computer with DeepFreeze or Returnil and do whatever you want with it! Anything alright after a reboot!
     
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