Protecting my new PC ??

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Stoney, Feb 28, 2004.

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  1. Stoney

    Stoney Registered Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Before I bring my new PC on-line I want to make sure I have enough protection from as much intrusion as possible. I am not very computer literate but I do know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    It is loaded with XP Home and Norton. Can I get some solid recommendations on additional software?

    Is there a more appropriate forum location for this thread?

    Thanks for any help you can give this newbie. :D

  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Sep 21, 2003
    SW. Oklahoma
    You might get some good ideas from the post's at the link ;)
  3. JayK

    JayK Poster

    Dec 27, 2002
    He's probably get even more confused with the choices.

    I would just recommend the main stuff, firewall (hardware/software), Antivirus, Spyware protection (probably slightly less important with browsers other than Internet explorer), harden OS with patches for starters.

    The other exotic stuff like TDS's process guard, SSM can come later when understanding grows.
  4. sig

    sig Registered Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    First thing before putting a new pc online, if you're not behind a NAT router, make sure XP's firewall is enabled. Then you can go onlne and download MS updates and any other software you may want.

    Many people have found that they've gotten infected by internet borne malware through open ports just by going online with a new XP PC without a firewall. So making sure XP's ICF is running is the first step before going online. Just search the XP Help file for "firewall" and instructions are available for enabling it.
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