Best way to Protect a Computer?

Mathieu19

New Member
Hi!

I have a HP Computer. It came with Windows Live One Care witch I find fantastic. I would like some help with some of the best program protection possible to help keep my computer away from risk. Such as:

Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Extra Protection, Virus Vault, Scanning ECT.

I am not too good with computers, the whole protection thing, so some help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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Dwarf

The Contemplator
Vista Guru
Gold Member

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dwarf Dwf/11/2012 r09/2013
    CPU
    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    Memory
    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
    Case
    Gigabyte IF233
    Cooling
    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
    Internet Speed
    NetGear DG834Gv3 ADSL Modem/Router (Ethernet) ~4.0 Mb/s (O2)
    Other Info
    Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 SATA Bluray
    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)

Fumz

Buggin
Vista Guru
Results and comments - matousec.com

As you can see, Windows Live One Care does not do anything for you; a 5% success rate is beyond pitiful, thus, LIC is pointless.

To be honest, the best defense is you. Having said that, the top 3 AV apps are made by Kasperky, BitDefender and EST's NOD32.... NOD 32 is, to date, the best of the best as far as Vista is concerned. Keep in mind, no AV app is 100% effective, which is where you come in.

A couple weeks ago a new clickjacking exploit was release, and, to date, there is no fix, so the only defense is Firefox's No-Scripts.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Fumz' Flux-Capacitor
    CPU
    E8400
    Motherboard
    DFI LP DK P35-T2RS
    Memory
    4GB G.Skill PC-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS
    Sound Card
    X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    500GB W.D. RE2 Primary
    1TB W.D. Caviar GP WD10EACS
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool K62
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultima-90/S-Flex 120mm
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    MS Natural Elite 4000 Ergonomic
    Internet Speed
    2.5MB/430
    Other Info
    D-Link DGL 4500

mike-cow

Vista Pro

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Athlon X2 6000+
    Motherboard
    ASRock ALiveXfire-eSATA2
    Memory
    2x2GiB DDR2 PC2-6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeCube ATI Radeon HD3870 512MiB GDDR4
    Sound Card
    Built in HD Audio, digital output
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206BW, SyncMaster 940B
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 + 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WDC 250GB SATA + lots of externals. :)
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    Air
    Mouse
    Logitech G9
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (1st edition w blue lightning)
    Internet Speed
    DL/UL: 50/10Mbit

mastoark

New Member
If you have vista 64, comodo firewall works well... I think if you have 32 bit then Comodo/Outpost/Online armor would be your best bet for firewall.

Now antivirus I would personally use Avast antivirus.... Very good antivirus that is free...Plus its compatible with both Vista 32 and 64...

Spywareblaster is a decent program as well and is free.

I would also on occasion run any one of these programs, Ad-aware, spybot search and destroy, superantispyware....

To be honest most people that is about all you will need... You can get most of these programs from Majorgeeks.com a good trustworthy site to download from. hope this helps.
 

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mastoark

New Member
That link you were giving is not useless it is highly usefull..... Those firewalls rated high are some of the best ones you can buy.... Firewalls do moniter your network, they also create rules to allow the software you choose to run,,, They also try and keep things from running like malware virus you may have accidently installed.....

Antimalware programs are only a small peace of the protection puzzle



Sorry for the double post my mistake.
 

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mike-cow

Vista Pro
The results are misleading and it's definetely not unbiased. They charge companies for running through a full test of software. And I wouldn't be surprised if they manipulate results to make paying companies look better too.

All software should be tested on 100% equal terms. In the case of Matousec, it's only equal for paying companies. That makes it useless in my book.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Athlon X2 6000+
    Motherboard
    ASRock ALiveXfire-eSATA2
    Memory
    2x2GiB DDR2 PC2-6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeCube ATI Radeon HD3870 512MiB GDDR4
    Sound Card
    Built in HD Audio, digital output
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206BW, SyncMaster 940B
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 + 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WDC 250GB SATA + lots of externals. :)
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    Air
    Mouse
    Logitech G9
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (1st edition w blue lightning)
    Internet Speed
    DL/UL: 50/10Mbit

Mark3748

New Member
I have used a lot of different AV programs, and I currently use Avira AntiVir Security Suite Premium. I deal with malware on a daily basis at work, and the absolute worst AV suites are AVG, McAfee and Norton, the majority of infected PCs I see are running these programs.

For a good comparison of different antivirus programs, this is a good site:

AV-Comparatives
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9040n
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.4GHz
    Memory
    4 GB PC2-6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 512MB
    Hard Drives
    2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 640GB SATA in RAID-0
    Internet Speed
    20Mb/s Comcast Business
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