What more Do I need to protect my PC?

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  1. abhi_mittal

    abhi_mittal Registered Member

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    I am using WinXP with SP2 on my 1.4Ghz Celeron M and 256 MB RAM notebook PC which is connected to a LAN of 300 PCs. I am using the following:

    Resident AV: Avast Prof 4.6

    On-Demand AV: Bitdefender Free, ClamAV, Antivir

    Anti-trojan: Ewido and a2 free.

    Anti SPyware: SPybot with resident Tea-Timer, Adaware, Spyware Doctor, Spyware Blaster, SpySubtract.

    Browser: Firefox 1.0.2

    Others: Eprompter, WinXP Firewall, Ace Utilities.

    What more do I need to protect my PC from security breaches and nasties? Please suggest some freewares as I am terribly out of cash!!! :p

    Please give suggestions to improve my system's security.


    Best Regards,
    Abhishek
     
  2. cluessnewbie

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    Maybe a software firewall?

    Kerio,Sygate,ZA,Outpost (freebie versions) etc

    or Netveda/Jetico/Chx-I if you are up for something complicated

    Harden your windows

    with secureit/hardenit

    http://www.sniff-em.com/secureit.shtml

    close down unncessary services


    And into the realms of complicated stuff you can maybe also go for one of those anti-hook/host intrusion systems if you are up to it.

    eg

    PrevX
    Antihook
    Processguard free
    Winsonar
    Systemsafetymonitor (might not be free soon)
     
  3. john_81

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    is ClamAV is a free antivirus or paid ?
     
  4. abhi_mittal

    abhi_mittal Registered Member

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    Clam AV is free. But no Resident Scanner.
     
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    Which is the better one? Antihook Home, PrevX Home or PG free??
    I dont want to run all of these as my RAM is only 256mb.

    Please advise.
     
  6. john_81

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    is Clam AV is for win 98se also ?
     
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    I think so. Check out there website..www.clamav.net

    Which is the better one? Antihook Home, PrevX Home or PG free??
    I dont want to run all of these as my RAM is only 256mb.
     
  8. abhi_mittal

    abhi_mittal Registered Member

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    Somebody help me...
    Which is the better one? Antihook Home, PrevX Home or PG free??
    I dont want to run all of these as my RAM is only 256mb.
     
  9. erikguy

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    I would go with Prevx cause PG free only protects ONE application and itself I think. So you could have it protect avast! from unintentional closing by malware. Prevx on the other hand provides a different protection. It protects certain vulnerable areas of your system as to stop malware from installing in the first place. In all honesty I haven't used Antihook.
     
  10. hollywoodpc

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    Prevx Home without a doubt . More things are protected . More of a program than the others . Free versions only . Paid is a different story . Go with Prevx and see how it goes for you . Good luck
     
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    This was the case with version 2 of PG Free but version 3 has no limits on the number of programs it can protect - instead it lacks the "global" system protection options (see the PG Free vs Full version comparison). Nevertheless, it is still an important security tool and well worth installing (and will run with PrevX or SSM if you decide to use these).

    Aside from a firewall, I would strongly recommend web-filtering software like Proxomitron. Not only can this protect your browser from being compromised by limiting what websites can get up to but it can also filter HTTPS traffic, preventing (or at least alerting you to) tracking by some sites (see the Dangers of HTTPS thread for more details).
     
  12. robertludum

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    Interesting so you trade off the older ability to block global hooks/installing drivers etc versus unlimited termination protection.
     
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    can u use prevex pro with ur current anitvirus?? MD
     
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    Yes prevx pro works fine with AV.

    Thanks all of you for your suggestions.

    One more thing, are programs like antihook and PG free very complicated to use?
    Also does SSM does what both Prevx home and PG free do together?
     
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    Anyone>??
     
  16. robertludum

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    SSM monitors processes, memory injection etc .A built in plugin monitors registry keys too, but it does not monitor changes to other file areas.
     
  17. Pilli

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    In addition to the other suggestions you should also ensure that you use a strict backup procedure, either to an external HD for a complete system backup or at the very least burn all your important files data and settings including passwords to CD.

    Acronis have their forums here and offer very good backup software that will work from within windows.

    RegDefend would also make another strong layer of defence - Forum here at Wilders see GhostSecurity.


    HTH Pilli :)
     
  18. resa05

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    I don't know much about computers and protection for them but I do need some help on my security issues as well if anyone can help me?...I'm useing XP SP2 i have Spybot SD ADaware .(experiencing some difficulties with my spyware now. and as far as a firewall ..windows....trojan protection...NONE and I don't know where to get trojan protection or anything else. I hope to be able to find all replies :)
     
  19. Bubba

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    @ resa05,

    Please confine your questions concerning help on your security issues to the below thread you started earlier.

    Your thread---> enough security?
     
  20. Blackspear

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    You may want to take a look HERE. As well there are discussions HERE and even more HERE.

    Hope this helps...

    Let us know how you go.

    Cheers :D
     
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