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    As a general security and maintenance plan I run:
    Avast Pro Anti Virus,
    Malewarbytes set to run automatically once a (Free),
    Spybot set to run automatically once a week (Free),
    SpywareBlaster (Free),
    Windows Defender set to run once a day (Free),
    Vista Firewall Control set to ask about ALL outgoing internet connections (free),
    CCleaner set to run automatically every 12 hours (Free),
    PerfectDisk set to run when screen saver is active and once a week,
    Acronis True Image set to do incremental backup nightly.

    The only manual operations I do are updating Malewarebytes, Spybot, and SpywareBlaster databases which I do a couple time a week. This is only because they are free versions.


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    I like what you have there roraniel, regarding the use of Spybot and CCleaner. Do you really feel you're getting something postive from using SpywareBlaster?

    AVG (free)
    Spybot and CCleaner - manually once/week
    Cobian Backup (differential every M-W-F, full backup every Saturday)

    Still trying to decide:
    Third-party firewall (currently using Vista firewall, out/in configured):
    Disk defragmenter (jkDefrag, Auslogics Disk Defrag)

    Just recently added Malewarbytes ('portable') to my flash drive toolkit

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoninV View Post
    Still trying to decide:
    Third-party firewall (currently using Vista firewall, out/in configured):
    Disk defragmenter (jkDefrag, Auslogics Disk Defrag)
    While I dont think you really need a 3rd paty firewall as Vista's is good enogh, you may try Jetico or Comodo.

    I prefer to use Power Defragmentor as it does not require an install.

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    Why not give Spybot SnD a try... An excellent free software

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    It's free and I figure it can't hurt. Someone from here also recommended it.

    Quote Originally Posted by RoninV View Post
    I like what you have there roraniel, regarding the use of Spybot and CCleaner. Do you really feel you're getting something postive from using SpywareBlaster?

    AVG (free)
    Spybot and CCleaner - manually once/week
    Cobian Backup (differential every M-W-F, full backup every Saturday)

    Still trying to decide:
    Third-party firewall (currently using Vista firewall, out/in configured):
    Disk defragmenter (jkDefrag, Auslogics Disk Defrag)

    Just recently added Malewarbytes ('portable') to my flash drive toolkit

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    To clarify. Vista Firewall Control is a third party app that adds easily configurable outbound traffic control to the Windows Vista Firewall. I like it because it is very basic (do you want to allow always or just this time).

    Quote Originally Posted by roraniel View Post
    As a general security and maintenance plan I run:
    Avast Pro Anti Virus,
    Malewarbytes set to run automatically once a (Free),
    Spybot set to run automatically once a week (Free),
    SpywareBlaster (Free),
    Windows Defender set to run once a day (Free),
    Vista Firewall Control set to ask about ALL outgoing internet connections (free),
    CCleaner set to run automatically every 12 hours (Free),
    PerfectDisk set to run when screen saver is active and once a week,
    Acronis True Image set to do incremental backup nightly.

    The only manual operations I do are updating Malewarebytes, Spybot, and SpywareBlaster databases which I do a couple time a week. This is only because they are free versions.
    Last edited by roraniel; 2nd December 2008 at 00:48.

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    By the way, unless you are using a direct Network connection for example, connected to Internet via LAN (Wired or Wireless) one may not need a 3rd party firewall at-all..

    As when the internet getway is an ADSL / Cable / 3G / EDGE modem, those router / devices has their own Firewall and ability to restrict traffic via NAT

    You can control only few ports which would allow you and your selected apps to have direct connectivity

    secondly, cCleaner is not a security app, it is no way gives you any protection over any malware threats... All it does is cleans your PC for harm less junk, which just decreases your systems performance by eating system resources !!!! So it can be said a very good software for performance and management of the OS !!!

    Lastly, every major antivirus, like Kaspersky LABs, Symantec, Mcafee has an option to run a full system scan online (an portable version of the AVS would be installed your system via IE activeX).... So once a month when you have free time, give these a try also...

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    I have recommended Spyware Terminator here. Before Webroot and A Squared, the primary Antispyware was spyware terminator, except a little CPU hog, it done the Job fabulously. It works as a part time FW like A squared do. One of the best Anti spyware I encountered is A Squared. Threat fire from PC tools is low in detection and a big CPU hog. Spybot S&D never found anything wrong in my PC but other anti spyware did.

    I have a following rating of Anti Spywares

    1. A Squared
    2. Webroot Spysweeper
    3. Malware bytes
    4. Spyware Terminator
    5. Windows Defender

    And a lot Anti spyware are there in market with inbuilt virus/trojan down loader. Do not fall prey to them

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    Yes, Vista Firewall Control is cool ! Here are 5 Tools for Managing Vista Firewall.

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    Get this spybot search and destroy, spywareblaster immunize both.
    maybe spyware docter/spysweeper and you may disable avg and defender, cause you are pretty safe.

    Also use firefox cause it has some add-ons that block ads and can also protect you against hijacks a little and firefox gets hijacked less.

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