Protecting Windows 9x/ME

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by pcalvert, Jun 15, 2005.

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  1. pcalvert

    pcalvert Registered Member

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    I currently use Windows 98 SE on an "old" (1999) laptop. Finding security software that runs on it is a bit of a challenge. There are plenty of AV and firewalls available, which is good. Unfortunately, many security products will only run on Windows 2000/XP and up. For example, Process Guard will not run on Windows 9x/ME.

    I would greatly appreciate any tips from fellow users of Windows 9x/ME. Have you found some security programs that you like and use? If so, I'd like to hear from you.

    Phil
     
  2. redford72

    redford72 Guest

    Like you said, most good firewalls will run on 98/ME & Most AVs as well.

    System Safety Monitor runs on them, I use it on ME myself. SSM is probably the closest thing to Process Guard that will run on 98/ME.

    Spybot, SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard, Ad-aware, WinPatrol, A2 & X-Cleaner all run on 98/ME, and all are free or have free versions. In fact most anti-spyware and anti-trojan programs still run on 98/ME.

    A hosts file will work with them, as will IESpyad. Most 'safer' browsers like Firefox and Opera work on 98/ME too.

    So you still have some security programs to choose from with 98/ME. Plus your using a less often targeted OS than XP. Most of the hackers (and other trouble makers) are after XP not the older Windows OS's. Hth.
     
  3. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

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    i personally dont use any 9x-based OSes anymore however there are some security software that will work on them. i dont feel like posting links but some software u may wish to look into are:

    winsonar
    winpatrol
    regrun security suite
    system safety monitor
    a-squared
    Panda TruPrevent
    RegistryProt
     
  4. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    Here are some security programs that run well on Win 9x/ME & have low impact on system resources. The freebies are indicated by an asterisk *
    _/Anti-Trojan - a-squared, Trojan Hunter, BOClean
    _/Anti-Virus - DrWeb, *AntiVir PE, *EZ Antivirus {free for 1-year HERE}
    _/General Protection - RegRun {a package of several superb protection programs}, *RegistryWatcher - registry protector
    _/Anti-Spy- *Lava Soft Ad-Aware, *SpyBot S&D
    _/Integrity Checker - AdInf, *Fingerprint
    _/Anti-Spam - *Spamihilator
     
  5. miki8

    miki8 Registered Member

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    USB stick login and disk encryption

    For securing logon to Win98 - you can enter by USB stick or even by smart card (if you have one) - Dekart Logon - www.dekart.com
    For creating virtual encrypted disks - Private Disk
     
  6. StevieO

    StevieO Guest

    Hi there pcalvert,

    Amongst some of the Apps already listed i can also recommend,

    WinSonar/WinPatrol/SpybotS+D/SpywareBlaster/Adaware/A2/BOClean/RegistryProt. And also getting some good HOSTS files.

    I can add all these too,

    Edit and update your Windows HOSTS file - FreeWare
    http://www.aldostools.com/hosts.html

    Phishing/Web Bugs/Registry/StartUp etc etc Protection
    http://www.geeksuperhero.com/index.shtml Free 30 day trial.

    AntiVirus - FreeWare
    http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5

    Malicous Script Defender - FreeWare
    http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/system/sdefend.htm

    Pop-Up Stopper Free Edition
    http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree.html

    Realtime physical memory management - FreeWare
    http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/system/maxmem.htm


    If you can get hold of some more Ram to put in the PC that would help too.


    StevieO
     
  7. tyrex4646

    tyrex4646 Guest

    I'm on W98SE and my system is faster than most of my friends with XP !
    And I'm protected very well while they are not :) With less than 200 Mb of RAM.

    I use :
    F-PROT (Real time) (paid)
    SSM
    Script defender
    Registry Watcher
    WinHKI Antivirus
    WinPatrol
    Ad Muncher (paid)
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    Opera
    Zone Alarm

    ON DEMAND :
    A2
    Cureit
    Escan
    SpywareBlaster
    Spybot S&D
    A free sfv checker
    IeADS
    XCleaner
    Antivir PE
    HOST file
    And some other little utilities I forget right now...

    They are almost all free

    You have plenty of choices !

    HINT : keep your system clean for better speed performances
     
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