What do I need to do Netbanking?

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  1. truthseeker

    truthseeker Former Poster

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    Hi everyone,

    I want to begin using MS Vista for all my Netbanking and sensitive web site access.

    I have been using Linux for that, but I am too lazy to keep rebooting back and forth between Vista and Linux.

    So in MS Vista, what do I need to install to make sure I can use my Bank Website safely and access my credit card account etc on Internet?

    I need to install the following I think.

    1. Anti-Virus
    2. Firewall
    3. Spybot search & Destroy

    Is there anything else I need?

    Thank you
     
  2. EliteKiller

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    None of the software you listed is necessary or required for online banking. Use a standard account (not an admin), enable the Vista firewall and/or purchase a broadband router, then consider a good HIPS and maybe a quality on-demand anti-malware scanner such as SAS or MBAM.
     
  3. truthseeker

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    What is SAS or MBAM?
     
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    Being "to lazy to reboot" in regards to online banking, is for lack of a better word stupid.

    But if you must use Vista don't use your pc for anything else, like searching for cracks etc. create a new user with limited auth. use a host file, a router, firewall, hips and AV.

    Besides rebooting you could also look into the Wubbi installer from Ubuntu.
     
  5. truthseeker

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    Does anyone know what the lighest free firewall for Vista is?
     
  6. truthseeker

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    Define HIPS
     
  7. EliteKiller

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    ~off topic dribble removed....Bubba~

    Please link to any financial institution that requires you be behind a firewall and have an AV/AS installed before you access your account. You sure are quick to label someone a troll when you don't even understand the definition of the term. :doubt:

    Wrong forum. Look here

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  8. beethoven

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    While I personally would add the AV, Elitekiller's response was perfectly sensible.
    You may also want to consider Sandboxie and run your banking sessions sandboxed from a clean/fresh sandbox and delete the contents after your banking session.
     
  9. truthseeker

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    So you disagree with Elitekiller regarding the AV issue?

    And what is Sandboxie?
     
  10. Bubba

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    The trash has been taken out and suggest the name calling cease. The subject for discussion is Netbanking.
     
  11. truthseeker

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    Sorry Bubba. It won't happen again.
     
  12. truthseeker

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    Which AV do you personally use?
     
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    SuperAntiSpyware & MalwareBytesAntiMalware.

    The lightest 'free' firewall for Vista is the one built-in with it. Keep it always enabled.

    For online banking all you need is a good av, a hardware firewall, superantispyware and common sense. Then you're ready to go ;)
     
  14. truthseeker

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    But isn't it crucial to have a 2 way firewall? The Vista is only 1 way, and I have looked at the "Advanced" side to it which enabled you to activate the 2 way, but it's not something I am familar with.

    I then tried Vista Firewall Control by Sphynx which activated the Vista firewall for 2 way protection, but the free version does not support System/Core application protection.

    Any other ideas please?

    And can you please define "good av"?
     
  15. truthseeker

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    Is superantispyware good? Or is that a spyware in itself?
     
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    I vacillate between having Windows Defender on and having it off on my Vista machine. It never finds anything. But then, SuperAntiSpyware, CounterSpy V2, SpyBot S&D and others have never found anything on my PC, either. Clean living, I guess. What I do run for security is listed here.
     
  17. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,

    You really don't need anything at all. If your computer is clean, just head to the website, login and do your thing.

    The one thing I would suggest is to go to your bank site directly, not follow any links in emails and such.

    Mrk
     
  18. Albinoni

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    Simple facts, to use online banking you need a good AV, FW and couple of good antispyware software. I try not to over do it when it comes to PC Security and I mean you can just go on and on and on before your PC is bloated with all this stuff.

    Also you'll find that alot of Banks offer their own highly encrypted online banking sites where you'll see a Padlock come up on your screen which basically means that your entering a encypted site.

    If you use common sense and provide adequate security on your PC than you should be right. I've been doing onling banking here in Austrlia for over 5 yrs and best thing the banks ever bought out I reckon. Certainly beats lining up que's to pay the bills thats for sure.

    Superantispyware is an excellent prog and I use it and reccomend it, there is both a free and paid version. I think the paid version has a slightly bit more stuff in it but the free one works just as good, also the paid one as far as I know offers realtime protection, dont think the free one does.
     
  19. truthseeker

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    Thank you John. I just installed FREE Zone Alarm. It looks good and secure.

    I am also using ccleaner.

    My Windows Defender is disabled.
     
  20. truthseeker

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    Yes good advice. Thanks.
     
  21. truthseeker

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    I just downloaded Superantispyware, thanks.

    Life is so much easier on Linux. I never have to worry about rootkits, spyware, virus, trojans, keyloggers etc. But getting Vista secure is good so I don't always have to reboot into Linux whenever I want to access my Bank etc.
     
  22. truthseeker

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    After I installed SuperAntiSpyware, it found an item it removed.

    Adware.Search-Exe
    C:\WINDOWS\CONFIGSETROOT\SE.EXE

    It was located in C:/windows/ConfigSetRoot

    I then noticed heaps of funny and weird things in ConfigSetRoot folder.

    I then removed everything in there, about 70 files.

    And Vista seems to be running as normal.

    Does anyone know exactly what ConfigSetRoot is and how so many files got in there?
     
  23. lodore

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    be careful with removing files manually.
    i will see what files i have in my C:\WINDOWS\CONFIGSETROOT folder when i get home.

    since you use online banking i would reccomend a paid antivirus program.
    its nice to have an expert opintion it can save you.
    one that can clean an infected machine some cannot.
    if your low on ram buy some more its so cheap these days.
    using an alternate browser such as opera or firefox can help.
    at this time the only browser that you can be hit by drive by downloads is Internet explorer.
     
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  24. truthseeker

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    I have checked my computer with the KasperSpy free online antivirus check and it came up clean.

    I use Firefox with Refcontrol and NoScript addons.

    I won't need to buy a AV program because I do not install anything new to get a virus. And if I ever did, I will run a KasperSky online scan.

    Yeah, please let me know what your C:\WINDOWS\CONFIGSETROOT contains.

    I found some really weird stuff in there, even a copy of winrar which I do not recall ever downloading, and even if I did download winrar, why was it saved in C:\WINDOWS\CONFIGSETROOT? Strange indeed.

    But I deleted everything inside C:\WINDOWS\CONFIGSETROOT and rebooted twice now and everything works as normal.
     
  25. farmerlee

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    Another option is using something like defensewall or online armor which have banking modes which helps give you safe access to online banking.
     
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