What free security software would you recommend for Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Chris, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    What free security software would you recommend for Vista?
    Avast?
    AVG?
    HOSTS file?
    SpywareBlaster?
    etc.?
     
    Chris, Jun 27, 2006
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  2. I use the free eTrust ezAntivirus that Computer Associates offers to Vista
    beta testers. http://ca.com/windowsvistabeta
    I believe McAfee offers one too.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 27, 2006
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    Travis King Guest

    I use Avast 4.7. 4.7 works flawlessly.
     
    Travis King, Jun 27, 2006
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    Roy Coorne Guest

    Avast 4.7
     
    Roy Coorne, Jun 27, 2006
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    dotcom Guest

    Avast here.
    dotcom

     
    dotcom, Jun 27, 2006
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    Dustin Guest

    I am using Trend PC-Cillin. Before that I was using CA's EZ security
    suite.

    I prefer PC-Cillin, though.
     
    Dustin, Jun 27, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Avast is working fine for me


    What free security software would you recommend for Vista?
    Avast?
    AVG?
    HOSTS file?
    SpywareBlaster?
    etc.?
     
    Bill, Jun 27, 2006
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    Mr. Newt Guest

    I have EZ antivirus, but I would advise against it, because you have to okay
    it running each time the computer starts or disable UAC.

    Just my two cents.

    Robert
     
    Mr. Newt, Jun 27, 2006
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    Travis King Guest

    I'd also download Lavasoft Adaware SE Personal.
     
    Travis King, Jun 28, 2006
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    SomeH0w Guest

    I don't like Adaware. Prefers AVG. Avast takes too long for me to wait
    for it to finish scanning
     
    SomeH0w, May 2, 2009
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    Kayman Guest

    Programs don't provide security; Concepts do.

    A properly configured operating system kept up-to-date in combination with
    safe/responsible browsing will go a long way.

    For Vista the most dependable defenses are:
    1. Do not work in elevated level; Day-to-day work should be performed
    while the User Account Control (UAC) is enabled.
    User Account Control Step-by-Step Guide.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709691.aspx

    Understanding and Configuring User Account Control in Windows Vista.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709628.aspx

    2. Familiarize yourself with "Services Hardening in Windows Vista".
    Services Hardening in Windows Vista
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/01/SecurityWatch/
    Educational reading:
    10 Immutable Laws of Security
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722487.aspx

    3. Don't expose services to public networks.
    Windows Vista Service Configurations Introduction
    http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

    4. Keep your operating (OS) system (and all software on it)
    updated/patched. (Got SP1 yet?).
    Windows update.
    http://www.update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
    Secunia Personal Software Inspector
    http://secunia.com/software_inspector
    https://psi.secunia.com/
    --And--
    M/S Security Baseline Analyzer 2.0
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...06-B5F9-4DAD-BE9D-7B51EC2E5AC9&displaylang=en
    can assist also.

    Why Service Packs are Better Than Patches.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/community/columns/security/essays/srvpatch.mspx?mfr=true

    5. Consider using Opera or FireFox instead of IE.

    6. Review your installed 3rd party software applications/utilities;
    Remove clutter, *including* 3rd party software personal firewall
    application (PFW) - the one which claims:
    "It can stop/control malicious outbound traffic".

    7. Activate the build-in firewall and tack together its advanced
    configuration settings.
    Tap into the Vista firewall's advanced configuration features
    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877-6098592.html
    "...once you discover the secret of accessing its advanced configuration
    settings via the MMC snap-in, you'll find it to be far more configurable
    and functional. At last, Windows comes with a sophisticated personal
    firewall that can be used to set up outbound rules as well as inbound, with
    the ability to customize rules to fit your precise needs."
    --Or--
    Configure Vista Firewall to support outbound packet filtering
    http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid45_gci1247138,00.html
    --Or--
    Vista Firewall Control (Free versions available)
    http://sphinx-soft.com/Vista/

    7a.If on high-speed Internet connection use a router.

    7b.Implement countermeasures against DNSChanger.
    http://extremesecurity.blogspot.com/2008/06/use-default-password-get-hijacked.html

    7c.Just in case, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) has been
    superseded by Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).

    8. Utilize one (1) each 'real-time' anti-virus and anti-spy
    application.

    9. Employ vital operating system monitoring utilities/applications.
    Consider: Process Explorer, AutoRuns, TCPView, WALLWATCHER,
    Wireshark, Port Reporter etc.

    10.Routinely practice Safe-Hex.
    http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html
    Hundreds Click on 'Click Here to Get Infected' Ad
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2132447,00.asp

    The least preferred defenses are:
    Myriads of popular anti-whatever applications and staying ignorant.

    Good luck :)
     
    Kayman, May 2, 2009
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