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    Post Major security threats for 2009.

    I came across this write-up on kaspersky site.

    The specialists at Kaspersky Lab pointed to several major IT threats that users are likely to contend with in 2009. One of the main developments is the infection of computers via removable storage media such as USB flash drives, CDs and DVDs. Recent mass infections of PCs have been caused by malicious programs that automatically launch from such media, often because users are unaware of the risks attached to them.

    Surfing the web is second on the list of prime threats. Kaspersky Lab experts have noted a sharp increase in the number of Internet sites infected with malicious code.

    Now, virus writers have changed tack and the analysts at Kaspersky Lab believe more and more malware will incorporate technologies that combat detection and deletion from computer systems. Virus writers will continue to exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems and popular applications, a factor that will be especially relevant considering the release of Microsoft Windows 7 in 2009.



    The growing popularity of “alternatives” to Windows, such as MacOS and Linux, will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of malicious programs attacking those operating systems as well.

    The authors of the review also foresee a proliferation of fake antivirus programs that “detect” nonexistent threats and extort money from users in order to “treat” them.
    One personal question--when I am using a antivirus (currently AVG) [plus windows fw, win defender, uac] on my vista ... along with a little bit of common-sense, do i really need to use another antispyware or firewall for that matter???

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    I don't really have as much know-how as most of the users in this forum, but I do know that when I was installing Avast on my newly purchased laptop I had to uninstall the Norton trial that came with the PC before Avast's install would finish. So I'm guessing you wouldn't need more than one anti-spy. It seems to be a matter of quality over quantity in that regard, but as for multiple firewalls....that might be a different story.

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    If you have automatic updates set and your antivirus programme is up-to-date and you have Windows firewall turned on then should be ok. I would suggest that if you can do so invest in a security suite as it will take care of all your security needs in one go. Some people also like to have additional anti spyware and there are any number of these around. Personally I am happy with my AVG internet security suite taking care of most things for me. I do however recommend in addition to these Winpatrol which alterts you to changes as they take place asking if you want them to do so and AutoRunEater, which scans your pc to altert you to changes in autoruns which can be a sign of in infection. This can be downloaded from Old MacDonald.com. Hope this helps to answer your question

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    I would add: do not forget to keep updated Sun Java, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader as many threats may exploit them too

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    I would suggest that if you can do so invest in a security suite as it will take care of all your security needs in one go.
    This is a first. Since joining WVC, I have read many of Seti's posts and have agreed with him. This is one time that I would present a different point of view for consideration. It along the lines of the old axiom, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." (Yes, I grew up on a poultry farm. )

    (Aside from heuristics) Anti-virus and anti-malware software are only as good as their definitions. Vendors tend to have different specialties, some depending on their internal policies (believe me, I've witnessed this first hand) and others depending on their submission process, research, testing, etc. As a result, I prefer not to rely on the same vendor for both anti-virus and anti-malware applications in my primary security arsenal.

    Definitely only one firewall and one anti-virus software. Otherwise you may run into serious conflicts. In addition to a software firewall, a router will provide extra security.

    If you use multiple anti-malware programs, it is recommended to shutdown/restart between scans.

    @leofelix -- excellent points! In fact, with regard to SunJava, be sure to uninstall the old versions. Almost every time I see a major infection on a computer, I find that old, vulnerable SunJava is still resident.

    To check if your system is missing security updates or has insecure applications installed, visit Scan Now - Online (OSI) - Vulnerability Scanning - Secunia.com . The Secunia Software Inspector runs through your browser with no installation or download required and does the following:
    • Detects insecure versions of applications installed
    • Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
    • Assists you in updating your system and applications

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    Along these lines many on this forum also run Secunia. This program scans your computer for out of date applications as these represent potential security threats.

    Download - Personal (PSI) - Vulnerability Scanning - Secunia.com

    And you can test the security of your system using the ShieldsUp tools on this site.

    https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

    Quote Originally Posted by leofelix View Post
    I would add: do not forget to keep updated Sun Java, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader as many threats may exploit them too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
    @leofelix -- excellent points! In fact, with regard to SunJava, be sure to uninstall the old versions. Almost every time I see a major infection on a computer, I find that old, vulnerable SunJava is still resident.
    Thank you Corrine,
    It seems that Sun discovered that Vundo is a dangerous threat, so from Sun Java 6 update 10 previous Java are automatically uninstalled, as you know.

    Otherwise it's possible to use JavaRa in order to uninstall previous versions

    RaProducts - JavaRa documentation

    regards
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    Much appreciated Corrine and roraniel! I followed your suggestion out of curiosity, and judging by the results of the scan I was in desperate need of this product! LOL thanks! I had several old java, 2 old adobe plus an end-of-life yahoo toolbar.

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    Otherwise it's possible to use JavaRa in order to uninstall previous versions
    Indeed! I recommend JavaRa regularly. Paul ("Prm753" JavaRa Developer) reported that JavaRa will remove up to JRE 6 update 7. Updates after that (i.e. 6u10, 6u11) are all in a self-contained "jre6" folder that is overwritten if a new JRE is installed.

    Windows Vista users note: Right-click JavaRa.exe > Select Run as Administrator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pankaj View Post
    ... along with a little bit of common-sense, do i really need to use another antispyware or firewall for that matter???
    Now thats most imp! Common sense

    Some off-hand dont's I can think of :

    - Avoid downloading songs, freeware, games, screen savers, warez. And even if one has to do, be VERY careful. Dont just click Yes-Yes to everything. You will end up with unwanted software / adware installs on your PC.

    - I never click on mail from my bank or credit card, preferring instead to writing their home url's directly and seeing if there if any message in my dashboard.

    - NEVER give your mail id pw to other 3rd party sites. There was this site which claimed to show even your online IM buddies. It asked you to register and give your chat id and pw's. many did with disastrous consequences The latest Twitter relateed 3rd party sacm is a similar case in focus.

    Hmmm ... any more ?

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