My Security Toolbox

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Offline mrrockford

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My Security Toolbox
« on: September 27, 2008, 10:54:15 PM »
 I thought I would tell you what I use to keep my computer systems free from problems. 

My security starts with securing my router.  Every one is different and the best set up for you will be what works best for you and your system.  Make sure you read your routers user manual and set your router as secure as all of your computers will accept.  I have an older wireless laptop that will not let me run the best security at all times so it only goes online when it needs to be updated. 

I keep and use these programs in my personal security toolbox.

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
Avira AntiVir - as active antivirus
Malwarebytes Antimalware - as on demand antivirus/malware
**** Cleaner - to clean out the junk
Spybot Search & Destroy

You will need to read up on each program to decide if you want to install and use it. These work for me and my systems, hopefully they will help you.

With that info,

Safer Surfing!

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Offline PCBruiser

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Re: My Security Toolbox
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 07:40:41 AM »
Just a note or more on mrrockford's setup.

1.  I usually do not recommend using Spybot S&D's TeaTimer because it can interfere with other security software.  You can refuse to install it during Spybot's install or turn it off afterward from the Advanced menu in Spybot.  It is fine to use all the other features in Spybot.

2.  As an alternative to ZA, these days I am recommending OnlineArmor Free from TallEmu.  IMHO, it is a better firewall and uses less resources than ZA.

3.  If possible I recommend using the paid version of MBAM which adds two important features - real time protection, and automatic scans and updates.  It is the least expensive of the paid antimalware packages, and one of the easiest to use and most effective ones as well.

4.  An alternative to AntiVir (which I also use) is Avast!  AntiVir and Avast! tend to score about the same on all the a/v testing, usually in the top performers, so if you don't like one, try the other.  Remember, never use more than one a/v (or software firewall) because they will interfere with each other and neither of them will likely be providing protection.
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