My FREE security software recommendation for NEWBIES

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  1. betauser2

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    My Security Software recommendations for newbies.

    Noticed a lot of newbies asking for recommendations, so hence the reason for this thread. (Very close to my own setup).

    Intended for Windows operating systems.


    Anti-Virus

    Avast Home

    Features Instant Messaging Shield, Internet Mail Shield, Web Shield and Network Shield.


    Firewall

    ZoneAlarm (Free)

    Select Free Version when installing. Allow only those programs that you want to access internet and DENY the rest.


    System Monitor

    ArovaxShield

    Simple guard that blocks unwanted entries to start up, attempts to hijack browser, etc


    No H.I.P.S

    Can be very frustrating.


    Anti-Malware

    Ewido (swithces to Free mode after 30 day trial)
    Scans and removes Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. Update and Run atleast once a month


    Web Browser

    Opera

    Please switch to alternative web browser if you use Internet Explorer (IE) and only use IE for Windows update.


    Remember the best defence is YOU (yourself). Do not open any email from anyone you don't know (or don't expect). Do not visit any NAUGHTY sites. Keep all security software up to date. Only download software from authors OFFICIAL site.

    You don't need to purchase any security software for home (personal) use, (although your free to do so). Please spend the money on your family and friends. ;)

    If you want to get paranoid spend some time in this Forum (lol)

    Note to all those who want to post their recommendations, please remember
    (1) This is for NEWBIES
    (2) Post only ONE software recommendation (not a selection)
    (3) All recommendations MUST be Free
    (4) No comparative argument or discussion on what is BEST or BETTER etc (all of this adds to confusion)
    (5) Please keep it simple and to a bare minimum


    Hope this helps

    betauser2
     
  2. TNT

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    Antivirus: Antivir
    On demand antivirus: ClamWin
    Firewall/system hardening: Core Force (not for newbies)... maybe Jetico? I don't really know, I used Sygate and that was ok, have used Core Force for various months, now.
    Antikeylogger: SnoopFree Privacy Shield
    Sandbox: Sandboxie
    Antispyware: Ewido 4.0, SpyBot Search & Destroy, SpywareBlaster
    Encryption: TrueCrypt, GnuPG, Password Safe (for passwords)
    Surfing privacy: Tor + Privoxy + Vidalia
    Web browser: Firefox
    IE "hardening": ZonedOut + My own block list :D
    Rootkit detection: IceSword (not for newbies)... maybe RootkitRevealer...

    Total cost: 0$

    EDIT: Ok, I didn't consider the part "for newbies"... definitely Core Force isn't for newbies, IceSword isn't as well, and GnuPG not really either.
     
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  3. WSFuser

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    HIPS - Prevx1R

    set to ABC mode, it will rarely give any prompt but it will still protect your computer.

    @TNT, i deeply doubt Core Force would be a good idea for a newbie. It already above my level but im not a firewall expert either. Plus its a beta and will likely have bugs.
     
  4. TNT

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    Yeah, I corrected my post... I didn't pay attention to the "for newbies part". Core Force is definitely not for newbies, and IceSword is not, either. :)
     
  5. betauser2

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    @ TNT hey you broke rule (2) aswell

    Note to all those who want to post their recommendations, please remember

    (1) This is for NEWBIES
    (2) Post only ONE software recommendation (not a selection)
    (3) All recommendations MUST be Free
    (4) No comparative argument or discussion on what is BEST or BETTER etc (all of this adds to confusion)
    (5) Please keep it simple and to a bare minimum

    Guys please keep these in mind before posting your recommendations
     
  6. betauser2

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    that's the beta right? how stable is it? hence would you recommend it (Beta) for newbies?
     
  7. WSFuser

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    hehehe...u caught me! ive only tried the release version because i want to use my license.

    i suppose a beta would be bad for newbies but prevx does have good support if any problems do arise.
     
  8. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    ALL free schtuff...

    Antivirus- Antivir-PE
    Broad spectrum AntiMalware- Asquared free
    Bad scripts protection- AnalogX Script Defender
    Firewall- Kerio 2.1.5
    Web browser- K-meleon
    Registry Monitor- MJ RegistryWatcher
    Bad website monitor- MVPS HOSTS file
    HIPS- System Safety Monitor free
    Rootkit detection- Helios
    A SAFER email client- PopPeeper
    Do-it-yourself SafeHex- What's Running (enables & enhances frequent user review of running processes to detect nasties)
     
  9. betauser2

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    Would you recommend 1. a rule based firewall, 2. script blocker, 3. ( OMG) Registry Monitor How will a newbie know what to do? 4. OMG OMG SSM so many popups with a lot of unidentifiable processes etc, to block or not to block?

    Come on guys WAKE UP! IT'S FOR NEWBIES!
     
  10. aigle

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    SAFE SURFING

    AV- Antivir
    Firewall- Comodo
    Antispyware- Ws Defender
    Anti-Keylogger- SnoopFree
    SandBox- GesWall

    plus

    Spywareblaster
    On demand-- SuperAS
    -- Ewido
    -- KL detector

    All in my signature.
     
  11. spindoctor

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    For newbies......But they really should hang out around at Wilders and learn some more about computer security! ;) :D

    AV- Antivir (Best detection for a free AV)

    FW- ZA (free)

    AS- Windows Defender (resident) Spybot + Adaware (manual scans)

    Sandbox- SandboxIE

    Browser (main)- Firefox

    Encryption- AxCrypt (easy to use free encryption of files)

    ---

    Extras (but still necessary IMO):

    SpywareBlaster

    WinPatrol (can be run manual only, so as not to duplicate W. Defender. But still useful because shows at a glance all active tasks, start ups, BHOs etc..)

    IESpyad

    Hosts file MVP

    Blacklight beta

    SuperAntispyware (nice free back up AS)
     
  12. WSFuser

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    windows xp limited or guest account. just create an account or enable it (guest).

    its free and makes web surfing much safer.
     
  13. Devinco

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    Since we are talking newbies (an average home user),

    Anti Virus - I've always purchased AV, so I can't recommend free. I think this should be paid for, but it's just my opinion. If they will use IM (Instant Messaging), then maybe an AV that includes IM protection by default.

    Firewall - Windows Internet Firewall. It doesn't get any simpler and it is turned on by default in Windows XP SP2. No outbound protection, but no pop ups either. If you have a router, set a strong password within its configuration web page.

    Web Browser - FireFox with NoScript plugin. Yes it will block Javascript on websites they visit, but if they learn the easy way to allow Javascript on their favorite sites with NoScript, this combo will protect them from the vast majority of malicious websites. If that is too much, then drop NoScript but keep FireFox.

    Email - Thunderbird You can open any email you want, just NEVER open email attachments and don't follow links in email, unless you know the sender AND you are expecting the attachment. For extra credit, treat incoming email as you would telemarketers: Don't believe everything you read! Just because someone says they are from so and so company or a relative of the exiled King of Spain doesn't mean they are.

    Backup - regularly use Karenware's Replicator to backup my documents, favorites, and the firefox and thunderbird profile folders to a different hard drive, CDRW, or DVDRW.

    To these:
    Do not visit any NAUGHTY sites.
    Keep all security software up to date.
    Only download software from author's OFFICIAL site.

    I would add:
    Don't do P2P
    Don't buy pirated software.
    Manually visit Windows Update or Microsoft Update at least once a month. Start/All Programs/Windows Update or Start/All Programs/Microsoft Update. Install all the critical updates. This way even if your automatic updates don't work, you will never be more than one month behind in your updates.

    That's it. Short and simple. It won't protect you from everything, but it covers the majority of it in my opinion. And you have to start somewhere.

    If you want to learn more, Wilders is a good place. Lots of great people here.
     
  14. bellgamin

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    For a fact, newbies often need better protection that do old hands. Nowadays, a newbie better learn how to deal with security, & do it bloody fast, or s/he will rather quickly become a victim.

    There is nothing in my list that is overly difficult. In the words of Geico -- even a caveman can do it. Which reminds me -- I forgot to include an integrity checker. Here's a nice freebie that has just the teeniest, tiniest footprint...
    Watcher

    If you LOVE that newbie (your aging grandma or whoever) the BEST firewall is a router. Buy them one -- whether or not they are on a home network. They aren't free, but good ones can be had for a LOT less than the cost of even a minor visit to a computer repair shop.
     
  15. WSFuser

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    if a newbie learns to deal with security, then he/she would no longer be a newbie, and thus having so much protection wouldnt be as necessary.
     
  16. Alphalutra1

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    Antivirus: Antivir PE

    Firewall: Windows firewall (complete and total newbie who doesn't want a prompt, else CHX-I or kerio 2.1.5)

    Sandbox: Sandboxie

    Anti-malware: Ewido, superantispyware

    Web filter: Proxomitron with grypen's filter set

    Web browser: Opera, seems more stable than k-meleon and more of a finished product for someone who doesn't want to deal with figuring out stuff

    Rootkit: F-Secure Blacklight

    P2P protection: Peerguardian 2

    Limited xp account

    Pretty secure setup with very little prompting if SSM is opted out.

    Cheers,

    Alphalutra1
     
  17. sosaiso

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    Free?

    One word. Ubuntu.

    haha. jk.

    Kidding aside, would it be better that people remain newbies? I mean, I think the point of this forum is to promote security awareness. If people leave this forum with just a bunch of free tools, and no idea of what they do, then I believe this forum has failed. For a better, safer internet I say.

    But not to get too offtopic my free recommendation:
    Hostsman, with the MVPS HOSTS file. All automated, and no need for the user to understand much.
     
  18. furballi

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    Minor changes to Devinco's comments:

    -AV: Avast Home
    -E-mail: Outlook Express
    -Backup: BING (if you have competent PC buddy to assist with setup), otherwise, IFW/IFD/Drive Snapshot

    Always image the operating system PRIOR to ANY MICROSOFT SECURITY UPDATE. I've been burned by a few from Mister Softie.

    Once you've graduated to 1st grade, take the time to learn about drive imaging. Armed with a CLEAN image file and MBR, you can instantly remove any PC bug. No other combination of defenses can achieve this level of security!

    Wanna do porn? Just make sure you have several good image files of the OS to restore, then buckle up! Yup, drive imaging is a VERY powerful tool.
     
  19. WSFuser

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    of course not, but at least just for the beginning, people should start with software thats easy to use and wont cause much interference.

    also security is not a product. but for those who think that way, this list may help a lil bit.
    that is correct, but i doubt the people i know are interested in such a thing. many of them just want the computer to work and be safe.
     
  20. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,

    For newbies:

    AV - AVG / Avast

    Firewall - ZoneAlarm

    Anti-whatever - Ewido

    Browser - Firefox with Noscript

    Mail - Thunderbird

    Mrk
     
  21. trickyricky

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    Here's my usual line-up for newbies:

    AnitVirus - AVG Free
    Firewall - Sunbelt Kerio 4.3x
    Anti Spyware - Ad-Aware Free and Spybot S&D (immunise and add hosts list)
    Email - Thunderbird
    Browser - Firefox
    IE "hardening" - IE SPyad and Spywareblaster
    General hardening - Shootthemessenger, DComBob, UnPnP, Socketlock
    AntiSpam - K9
    Additional Safeguard - Cyberhawk

    Additional - Keep Windows up to date, keep Java up to date, be sensible about free/cheap software, backup data to external drive or another PC (use AllwaySync), beware attachments, trust no-one. (Except me :) )
     
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    Hey I hadn't heard of Noscript before. Nice one! (I would recommend Antivir or Avast over AVG though)

    Antivirus: Antivir
    Firewall: XP Firewall
    AS: Ewido
    Email: Thunderbird
    Browser: Firefox with Adblock and Noscript


    designed to avoid user intervention. Newbies don't know what to say yes and no to. In fact I am not always certain myself. Service.exe anyone?

    Fairy
     
  24. Meriadoc

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    Security recommendation, okay :
    VMSurfing etc...
    for newbies, vmplayer(no brainer) plus a pre configured appliance say browser appliance or virus safe email, browsing and instant messager appliance aka Firefox, Evolution, Gaim, Samba and ClamAV
    Personnally I'd make my own but you wanted a newbie recommendation, so theres nothing difficult about the above.
     
  25. shek

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    for newbie
    av---antivir7
    fw---windows firewall
    browser---opera
    script protection---script defender
    hosts file--- hostsman
    on-demand---ewido
    sys immunization--spywareblaster
    mail client---oe(good enough, apply all patches and read/write emails with plaint text)

    some extra free tools
    jetico, windows defender/spyware doctor( unlimited trial version, real-time protection included)/spyware terminator, system safety monitor, spywareblaster, spybot S&D, ad-aware,registry watcher,
     
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