What is your security setup these days?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by dja2k, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Lucius

    Lucius Registered Member

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    I have not updated my setup here for a while sooo...

    PureVPN (I wouldn't go online without it, love this guy :).. Best VPN service for me.. Tested so many of these services before..)
    AdGuard (5.10 RC)
    Sticky Password Manager
    KIS 2015 MR1 (latest beta)

    Runs great and light and everything. :ouch:

    + Macrium Reflect (Weekly images)

    Windows 8.1 PRO x64 with latest updates
     
  2. SweX

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    Haha yes, some people are still using Windows you see :D
     
  3. Charyb

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    Emsisoft Anti-Malware 9
    Windows Firewall Control 4
    EMET 5

    images, syncs, and other back-ups
     
  4. Paul R

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    MBAM v2
    EMET v5
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2014
    NProtect MBR Guard
    Sandboxie
    WinPatrol
    Zemana Anti Logger
    Secunia (keep programs updated)
    Exe Radar Pro
    Macrium (image backups)
     
  5. Behold Eck

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    I`d miss all those wonderful security apps and discussions here and elsewhere regarding security for Windows.

    Security wise, Linux would be the better choice but less fun.

    Regards Eck:)
     
  6. Although Panda, Avira, Qiho360 (and even Fortinet) Free do better in test, I opted for Avast. Avast is one of the few AV's which can be tweaked by power users, in my case for maximum performance and security.

    My user folders are protected by SRP (block execution) with a right "run as admin" option to install. Avast on-execution protection is applied only in user folders. So with the agressive hardened mode with reputation check, this provides me with a cloud based white list of AVAST.

    The UAC protected folders have an Avast "write" executable (soft) check only. The hard check is UAC not allowing to elevate (touch admin space) when an executable is unsigned.

    Balancing the AV settings with my other security measures, clearly has a performance advantage. Changing from blacklist (Avria, Panda) to Avast's whitelist should be saver and feels faster on cold (first) launch of an application.

    C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe - 6 executions to Blank New Tab with Panda (also monitoring Chrome)
    1.8656
    0.6078
    0.7254
    0.5704
    0.5363
    0.6906

    C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe - 6 executions to Blank New Tab with Avast tweaked settings
    1.2670
    0.5578
    0.7024
    0.5372
    0.5542
    0.6444
     
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  7. guest

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    Speaking of SRP, I just finally deleted my SRP rules. I'm done with this weak insect. Also, I temporarily switched back to my ISP's DNS. It isn't as slow as I expected, and now it raises a question of the point of using an alternative DNS. I dunno, maybe I'll be back to OpenDNS, maybe not. Waiting for rational calculations. :cool:
     
  8. IN XP days the lowest Integrity Level was medium. Since SRP operates at medium level, it could be misused by medium level processes (although I know of no exploits in the wild using a side by side intrusion to escape LUA permissions). Since Vista we have low and untrusted level sandboxes, making SRP less vulnarable to attacks.

    Please tell me why you value it as a weak insect? Is it because Applocker is stronger (operating at kernel level)?
     
  9. J_L

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    Phishing and other minor prevalent threats aside, what about backups? True enough, I haven't bothered posting about my Linux machines here, but my Windows security is becoming just as stagnant.
     
  10. Securon

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    Good Evening! Eset S.S.7 ...AppGuard...Sas Pro 6.0...Homeland Security Mk 17. Sincerely...Securon
     
  11. powerpack

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    I am not an expert but I am pretty much settled down only with it via Pretty Good Security, once it's configured you are done. I never ever infected and if want to install any legit program right click and 'Run As Admin', all set. That's stronger than just signatures ;)
     
  12. siketa

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    Homeland?
    ESET is from Slovakia. :)
     
  13. Minimalist

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    I agree. IMO SRP is much more effective than AV or other signature based solution. By default whitelisting is more secure (and restrictive) than blacklisting.
     
  14. powerpack

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    Hello Kees!
    Can you please tell more about it. I mean Avast protection only for user folder and UAC protected folders have Avast Write executable check only.:confused:
     
  15. NSG001

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    No need to change software and post every other day here.
    Whole of our household protected by Emsisoft :D
     
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  16. guest

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    Yep. IMO it won't stand a chance for serious usages.

    It's just that I think it's too weak since it just works on user space. There's no kernel level process. IMO AppLocker is a better option when compared to SRP.
     
  17. Minimalist

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    If application is run in user space (let's say browser) it's still protected by SRP and all SRP rules apply to it, or am I missing something? What would be a benefit of SRP running in kernel level compared to SRP in user space + UAC on max? Would it be able to prevent process execution for processes that are run by some kind of kernel exploit?
     
  18. guest

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    When we are talking about real-life scenarios the difference is somewhat minimal. As for kernel exploits, there's nothing can protect you from those, not even whatever the God you are currently believing in. But with kernel level processes a security software/feature should be stronger and thus, more reliable in above-average intrusions. True, it's still usable, but I'm not a type of man who can be satisfied with just today's conditions. I personally just consider SRP to be "not strong enough for my liking".
     
  19. Well with low rights PDF, Flash and Javascript in browser it will be a lot harder to use rich content/embedded code to exploit SRP.Also the new anti-exploit tools hitting the market (EMET, MBAE, HMPA, etc) make it even harder to create a succesfull an predictable intrusion using side by side infection.

    For most PoC's to pass SRP, SRP was not setup in default deny. Even Applocker allowed vb-scripts to bypass protection (it was by design, microsoft offered an optional patch). Guess everyone has different ideas on the risk which is involved.
     
  20. Securon

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    Good Afternoon! Siketa...Correct you are. But I always deal with it's North American Office...based in San Diego Calif...U.S.A. So I've granted Eset... Un-Official Jurisdiction...for Un-Official Inclusion in my Homeland Security Scenario...Lol! Sincerely...Securon
     
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  21. It is in the Antivirus settings when you click on the wheel icon. When you select something in the exclusions screen, it will be deselected (so my Program Files Folders only have a check on W for write enabled, because it is not selected).

    I have WSA with whitelist (allow only seen in the community) on my wife's laptop with UAC/SRP hardening. Did not realize AVAST free offers the same whitelisting approach.
     

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  22. trjam

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    Looks like I am going be with Pure for a loooooong time. This is the only Kaspersky product I have ever loved. :)
     
  23. Rompin Raider

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    I'm just glad you made an appearance! We were worried! :D
     
  24. Overkill

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    What's the differences between Pure and KIS?
     
  25. kerykeion

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