Vista, Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, UAC, Avast - is this fairly secure, or is anything else n

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Tuttle, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Tuttle

    Tuttle Guest

    Vista Home Premium SP1
    Windows Firewall
    Windows Defender
    UAC is on, using Standard user account
    Internet Explorer 7 (I'm trying to get user to try Opera)
    Windows Mail (his primary mail client)
    Avast Home Edition 4.8

    Hello all:

    I recently setup this new system for a friend (some details above). I'm long
    experienced with configuring Windows, but I'm new to Vista. I would
    appreciate advice from the knowledgeable folks here.

    Do I need to install anything else to help to keep this user secure? Does he
    need a third-party anti-spyware tool, or is what he has sufficient to keep
    him relatively safe?

    Thanks for offering advice. :)
     
    Tuttle, Jul 16, 2008
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  2. As long as your friend exercises care, he should be ok..


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    Kerry Brown Guest

    That's the configuration I setup with most Vista users. I use NOD32 instead
    of Avast but both are adequate AV protection. With that setup IE may
    actually be a better security choice than Opera because of IE protected
    mode.
     
    Kerry Brown, Jul 16, 2008
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    Karl Snooks Guest

    Tuttle,
    Add SpyBot Search&Destroy.
    karl

    Vista Home Premium SP1
    Windows Firewall
    Windows Defender
    UAC is on, using Standard user account
    Internet Explorer 7 (I'm trying to get user to try Opera)
    Windows Mail (his primary mail client)
    Avast Home Edition 4.8

    Hello all:

    I recently setup this new system for a friend (some details above). I'm long
    experienced with configuring Windows, but I'm new to Vista. I would
    appreciate advice from the knowledgeable folks here.

    Do I need to install anything else to help to keep this user secure? Does he
    need a third-party anti-spyware tool, or is what he has sufficient to keep
    him relatively safe?

    Thanks for offering advice. :)
     
    Karl Snooks, Jul 16, 2008
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  5. Tuttle

    Tuttle Guest

    Thank you, everyone, for your advice; it's most helpful.

    It sounds as though what I've installed and configured for my friend should
    be decent protection. Of course, one could always go further and install
    more scanners and another firewall, but I want to avoid making things more
    complex than they need to be. I appreciate the advice very much. :)
     
    Tuttle, Jul 17, 2008
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    Tree*Rat Guest

    I will pre warn you that Avast 4.8 does have some issues with vista.
    install version 4.7 as recommended by the avast developers.

    Dont rely on windows firewall, it still leaves ports open. Zonealarm is
    much better and its free too.

    to test your security visit shields up here https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?
    bh0bkyd2

    you will be supprosed on how secure your not.
     
    Tree*Rat, Jul 17, 2008
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  7. Too many scanners is not a good idea, neither is the use of two firewalls.

    Bear in mind that the majority of computer users will 'forget' to scan with
    anything that has to be manually updated and run, so it doesn't matter how
    many of this genre are installed.


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    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 17, 2008
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  8. Tuttle

    Tuttle Guest

    Where do you get that fiction from? According to two of the most senior
    posters in the Avast forums, and I quote:

    "FUD.
    They don't know avast and are talking non-sense."

    "I haven't heard any avast developers recommend 4.7 over 4.8 on vista, in
    fact quite the reverse.If avast is running fine on your pc and theres no
    conflicts with any other software then just enjoy it.Avast has a good
    reputation of very stable releases.

    any of the developers and there are a few regular participants in the forum,
    they are more likely to want the user to stick with it an they will go a
    long way to resolve the problem. Even going to the point of remot connection
    to some users systems to identify and resolve the problem."
     
    Tuttle, Jul 18, 2008
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    Tuttle Guest

    Thanks Mike. I agree with you. It's better to keep it simple, to install
    just enough to be safe but not to complicate things or risk conflicts.

    You're absolutely right about users, even well intentioned users, forgetting
    to run tasks manually. Windows Defender and Windows Updates are set to
    automatic, as of course is Avast. I've installed CCleaner and Acronis True
    Image Home, which are set to run silently via Vista's Task Scheduler so they
    will automatically do cleanup and image his system to an external hard
    drive. Now even if he somehow trashes his system (as he did his old one a
    couple of times) I can just restore from the latest image.

    Thanks for your advice!
     
    Tuttle, Jul 18, 2008
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  10. You're welcome. :)


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    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 18, 2008
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    zsmi Guest

    I would advise:
    a) To install SP2
    b) To install Microsoft Security Essentials
    c) To use another more efficient firewall ( I use Online Armor and
    Avast! antivirus)
    d) Install IE8
     
    zsmi, Nov 12, 2009
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