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 15 September 2010 11:09 PM
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Flukeman022

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Hello everyone i'm currently have Zonealarm internet security extreme installed my op is windows 7 pro the were 3 viruses i know about the ZA failed to detect 1 of the viruses infected my pc twice while ZA was switched on. Any tips on how boost my defence would be appreciated thanks
 16 September 2010 12:43 PM
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benacheson

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I recommend you install Windows Defender instead - it's free.

AntiVir is quite good, and free for personal use.

There are other good free antivirus systems - search for 'open source antivirus' in Google or your preferred search engine.

It's important to keep your AV software up to date.

For normal PC use the Windows firewall should suffice.

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 16 September 2010 02:18 PM
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Flukeman022

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Thanks for the advice but i paid for the ZA software and for annually updates always thought paid internet security is better than free versions like Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee etc.
 16 September 2010 04:59 PM
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ANFierman

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Hi,

Hmmmmm.

Your statement (i):
"3 viruses i know about the ZA failed to detect 1 of the viruses infected my pc twice while ZA was switched on"

Your statement (ii):
"always thought paid internet security is better than free versions like Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee etc."

Perhaps you should reconsider your belief expressed in statement (ii) in the light of your experience described in statement (i).

"Any tips on how boost my defence would be appreciated thanks"

Tip (i)
Stop using Windows and run Linux instead.

Tip (ii)
I can recommend Clamav for Windows http://www.clamav.net/lang/en/about/win32/

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 16 September 2010 06:04 PM
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Roundtrip

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I do this for a living so I see these things day in day out!

Zonealarm used to buy their antivirus protection from another supplier, who shall remain nameless, protection that was pretty ineffective.

You're quite right the PAID for products are much better than their free sister product. For example,AVG Free doesn't have a firewall, identity protection, rootkit detection, system tools, etc.

Security vendors to look at for decent protection: AVG, Kapersky, Sophos.

Don't touch McAfee or Symantec (Norton) unless you want to see your computer being infected. The last few systems coming in for virus removal all had McAfee installed but left with something that could actually detect malwares circulating in the wild.

Malwarebytes Antimalware is also good to download and run from time to time. The free version doesn't have resident protection but is fully effective in it scanning engine and removal tools. It is the product of choice for most people removing malware from systems.

Do not run with an ADMINISTRATOR level account! Your normal day to day account should be a limited user account. This is more effective than all the security products in the world put together! Google "Least User Privledge" to find out more on the principle.

Do NOT turn off UAC if running Vista or Windows 7. BTW UAC isn't considered a security feature by Microsoft but it does give another level to get over before malware should be able to get in.

Ensure you keep everything up to date and that includes Microsoft Office and Windows, Acrobat Reader and Flash Player, iTunes, Real Player are some of the most attacked software at the moment. Ensure you keep them fully patched. You can use Secunia PSI (free for non-commercial use) to test your system for apps that need to be removed or updated.

You may or might ot do these but worth stating here for everyone's benefit: do not download hacks, cracks or serials; do not visit dodgy websites; only download legal content and stop looking at porn :-).

Linux isn't really an option unless you're a techie geek IME.

There are many more things that can be done but those are the biggies that really make a difference. Hope that helps.

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Edited: 16 September 2010 at 06:12 PM by Roundtrip
 16 September 2010 06:14 PM
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Roundtrip

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Originally posted by: ANFierman

Tip (ii)

I can recommend Clamav for Windows http://www.clamav.net/lang/en/about/win32/


ClamAV for Windows does not have resident scanning so it should not be used as the main antivirus for Windows systems. It is fine as a 2nd AV to perform routine additional scanning of a system.

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 16 September 2010 06:18 PM
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Roundtrip

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Originally posted by: benacheson

I recommend you install Windows Defender instead - it's free.

AntiVir is quite good, and free for personal use.

There are other good free antivirus systems - search for 'open source antivirus' in Google or your preferred search engine.

It's important to keep your AV software up to date.

For normal PC use the Windows firewall should suffice.


Windows Defender couldn't catch the cold!

Antivir does get a good name, but again the PAID version has additional functionality that will protect you from malware.

Personally I recommend AVG Internet Security as the Linkscanner technology (Active Surf) is highly effective at preventing driveby downloads and other malware that comes down from the Internet.

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John A Thomson
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 16 September 2010 07:35 PM
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Flukeman022

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thanks everyone your comments has been great thanks for your time to help me and each other
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