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#1 Libelula



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Posted 28 December 2004 - 05:48 PM

I'm a very novice use who doesn't like the bombardment of pop-ups and the invasion of spyware and malware. What do you recommend for a newbie to do or download in order to prevent further attacks once things are restored to normal?
Thank you,
-L :)

#2 ErikAlbert


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Posted 28 December 2004 - 10:18 PM

I suggest you read this link first.
If you still have questions. Just ask them.
Simplicity is always brilliant.

#3 Libelula



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Posted 28 December 2004 - 11:12 PM

Thanks for the link. That was a comprehensive list, but it didn't really tell me a whole lot. Do you know of a site that compares the different programs and their services? Maybe that would help me narrow it down. I understand that there probably isn't only one program that does everything I want, but it would be nice to only have a select few.

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 03:46 AM

Well I'm not surprised that the above mentioned link doesn't answer your question.

My experience with DIFFERENT reviews is that they always have a different winner LOL, which is confusing for the typical user.
My experience in this forum is that each member (qualified or not) has a different opinion about which one is the best and that's also confusing for a typical user.
Typical users always want a straight and a simple answer.

Another problem is that all these softwares aren't perfect and an all-in-one software or the perfect mix doesn't exist.
So you will need most probably more than 10 softwares to protect your computer.

One thing is sure, don't spend any or too much money on protection software, none of them are worth to buy and the commercial ones aren't any better than the free ones.
Save your money for softwares that do a REAL job.

I already found two reviews :

Watch your post for a week, because this kind of question always gets many replies.
Meanwhile you can read this recent thread about the right mix, I hope it enlightens you.

Edited by ErikAlbert, 29 December 2004 - 04:01 AM.

Simplicity is always brilliant.

#5 helperatwork


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Posted 29 December 2004 - 04:11 AM

The first thing is to get things to normal. You can have them done by posting a Hijackthis log here and getting it examined by an Expert. As for Recommendations, I am posting a Prevention Speech.

[*]Disable and Enable System Restore. - If you are using Windows ME or XP then you should disable and reenable system restore to make sure there are no infected files found in a restore point left over from what we have just cleaned.

You can find instructions on how to enable and reenable system restore here:

Managing Windows Millenium System Restore


Windows XP System Restore Guide

Renable system restore with instructions from tutorial above

[*]Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions:
  • From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
  • Click once on the Security tab
  • Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
  • Click once on the Custom Level button.
    • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
    • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
    • Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
    • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
    • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
    • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
    • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
    • If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
  • Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
[*]Use an AntiVirus Software - It is very important that your computer has an anti-virus software running on your machine. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.

See this link for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs:

Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources

[*]Update your AntiVirus Software - It is imperitive that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (Even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out.

[*]Use a Firewall - I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is succeptible to being hacked and taken over. I am very serious about this and see it happen almost every day with my clients. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see the link below:

Understanding and Using Firewalls

[*]Visit Microsoft's Windows Update Site Frequently - It is important that you visit http://www.windowsupdate.com regularly. This will ensure your computer has always the latest security updates available installed on your computer. If there are new updates to install, install them immediately, reboot your computer, and revisit the site until there are no more critical updates.

[*]Install Spybot - Search and Destroy - Install and download Spybot - Search and Destroy with its TeaTimer option. This will provide realtime spyware & hijacker protection on your computer alongside your virus protection. You should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software.

A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware , Malware, and Hijackers

[*]Install Ad-Aware - Install and download Ad-Aware. ou should also scan your computer with program on a regular basis just as you would an antivirus software in conjunction with Spybot.

A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your Computer

[*]Install SpywareBlaster - SpywareBlaster will added a large list of programs and sites into your Internet Explorer settings that will protect you from running and downloading known malicious programs.

A tutorial on installing & using this product can be found here:

Using SpywareBlaster to protect your computer from Spyware and Malware

[*]IE Spyad <-- Click on this link - Adds a long list of sites and domains associated with known advertisers, marketers, and crapware pushers to the Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer.

[*]Update all these programs regularly - Make sure you update all the programs I have listed regularly. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs are released.
[/list]Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will reduce dramatically.

Hope this Helps you.


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