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Best protection?

By imacfj
Mar 29, 2010
  1. Ive recently installed a new hard drive onto my computer and loaded up a new windows xp OS and was just wondering what the best free anti-virus/spyware/malware protection would be to detect any malware and remove it. any help would be much appreciated :)
     
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 52,897   +344

    You're looking for something, which doesn't exist. There is no best protection program, since there is no bullet-proof security program and it'll never be.
    A lot depends on your computing habits.

    I can suggest some good programs, though...

    - Avast! free antivirus: http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
    - Avira free antivirus: http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html

    - free Comodo Internet Security (firewall + AV): http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/
    NOTE. During installation, Comodo will also allow you to install AV only, or firewall only, if you prefer to combine one Comodo product with some other product.

    If you decide to install Avast, or Avira, make sure, Windows firewall is turned on, or use Comodo firewall..
    If you decide to install Comodo Internet Security, or just Comodo firewall, make sure, Windows firewall is turned off.

    IMPORTANT! Make sure, you use only ONE antivirus, and ONE firewall.

    After installation, update the program and run full scan.

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    Antispyware tools:

    - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (trial version is fully functionable): http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
    - SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition: http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html
     
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I can contribute some additional help. Some of it may duplicate previous tips:

    Please follow these simple steps to keep your computer clean and secure:
    1.Disable and Enable System Restore: See System Restore Guide This will help you understand what this is, why you need to clean and set restore points and what information is in them.
    2.Stay current on updates:
    • Visit the Microsoft Download Sitefrequently. You should get All updates marked Critical and the current SP updates: Windows XP> SP2, SP3.
    • Visit this Adobe Reader site often and make sure you have the most current update. Uninstall any earlier updates as they are vulnerabilities.
    • Check this site often.Java Updates Stay current as most updates are for security. Uninstall any earlier versions in Add/Remove Programs.
    3.Make Internet Explorer safer. Follow the suggestions HERE This Tutorial will help guide you through Configuring Security Settings, Managing Active X Controls and other safety features.
    4.Remove Temporary Internet Files regularly: Use ATF Cleaner by Atribune or TFC
    5. Use an AntiVirus Software(only one)
    See Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources

    6.Use a good, bi-directional firewall(one software firewall) I recommend either of these software firewalls.- both are free and good:
    Comodo or Zone Alarm
    7.Consider these programs for Extra Security
    • Spywareblaster: SpywareBlaster protects against bad ActiveX. It places kill bits to stop bad Active X controls from being installed. Remember to update it regularly.
    • IE/Spyad This places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    • MVPS Hosts files This replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1 which is your local computer.
    • Google Toolbar Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.

    The recommendations in #7 should all be used- no matter what else you have!

    I would add: IF you suspect a malware infection, you are safer going on one of the computer forums and getting help. IF you do have reasonable security installed and malware gets passed it, chances are you're going to need some guidance in determining the appropriate additional programs to use.

    And something I always stress: You, the user are the first line of defense No matter what programs or how many you have, if you do foolish things, you will get infected. Here's hoe tht can happen:
    Actually, it's pretty easy!
     
  4. imacfj

    imacfj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks alot guys, much appreciated
     
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    We're always glad to try and guide people in keeping their system clean! Don't be wary of our suggestions either- they're all good!
     
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