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Old 01-31-2012, 09:39 PM
Location: Naptown
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Originally Posted by Peregrine View Post
This is what I use, and nothing else. Seriously.
I haven't had a virus in 15 years.
How would you know?

Even anti-virus software do not always detect viruses.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:56 AM
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
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In my humble opinion you can take several steps to secure your machine.

1. Never ever run your windows in *Administrator* mode, instead set up a limited access user account with a good password and make sure it asks for password every time you make a change to the operating system.

2. A properly configured firewall which monitors incoming and outgoing connections and prompts you to agree or disagree with a program requesting a connection ( outgoing )..especially when installing a new program

3. A properly configured browser such as firefox with certain addons such as NoScript, Adblock, Flashblock

4. Setup a weekly or monthly backup stored on a separate hard drive ( perhaps an external )

5. Do not lose the windows or linux install disk, you may need it in the future.

6. Common sense - Do not click on any link you find and install thing's you don't understand.

7. Before installing new software, it is wise to look around on forums for other user comments regarding said product and research possible issues you may have from said software.

8. Do not use the same password for everything...I mean it...just don't.

9. Secure your wifi router if you have one with WPA2-AES or at least TKIP although tkip does not support 802.11n

10. If you must download legal music or movies, make sure they don't have a .exe at the end.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:51 AM
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials and occasionally run Malwarebytes but never find anything.

****One important thing you should do, that I'm not sure if it has been mentioned yet; is set yourself up a separate user account in windows that is only a regular user not an administrator. Always log into and run under the regular user account. Also set a password for the administrator account. That way, any time an attempt is made to install or make changes it will ask you to confirm and enter the administrator password.
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