Realtime Protection Suggestions After Getting Hit

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Ken7, Feb 19, 2010.

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  1. Ken7

    Ken7 Registered Member

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    I got hit last night with a Malware scareware program called Anti-Virus Soft.

    It stopped me from running all my programs. All it did was keep telling me to buy it's software to fix the problem with plenty of non-stop pop-ups.

    I read that if I had Real-Time malware Protection running that this major headache would have not been able to load on to my computer.

    I cleaned it out by booting into safe mode on Windows XP, using rkill first and ATF cleaner and then I could run Malwarebytes free and SAS free and now everything seems good.

    So what real time malware protection would be a rock solid choice?

    I use Avira for virus protection.

    Also, how does this happen? Was it from an infected website? I use Firefox.

    Thanks
     
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  3. LoneWolf

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    Ken7, have you considered something in the lines of Sandboxing your online browsing or possibly a Light/partition virtualization software?
    Either option would offer superb added protection.
     
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    I will suggest Defensewall: http://www.softsphere.com/

    I personally would wait for 3.0 first though (its currently in beta) before I would buy it. 2.56 is very good but 3.0 will have better protection against these fake av's.
     
  7. G1111

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    You need some kind of layered approach starting with your anti-virus and a software/hardware firewall to keep out unsolicited traffic.
    You also need zero-day protection such as a HIPS program or sandbox. Maybe a blocklist (modified HOSTS file, etc.) and a backup plan for at least your data and maybe your operating system. Also, you need to keep your software up to date as a lot of malware targets unpatched systems. A good place to check for free software is: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm
    A good system scanner to check whether everything is up to date (can be down online is): http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/
    Good luck.
     
  8. IceCube1010

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    If the user was running IE8 in protected mode, would this have been prevented? UAC would have prompted like a hips program and the user could have denied installing it.

    Ice
     
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