06-05-2010 05:22 AM
Many of you have started your "Spring Cleaning" at home. How about that Lenovo? Is it time to revist your security practices for staying safe online?
Here is my standard list of simple steps that you can take to reduce the chance of infection..
The following suggestions are general prevention and are not customized for your computer. You may have already taken some of these steps, and depending on your current security, you may not need to implement all of these:
1. Visit Microsoft Update: Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for your operating system, Office, and IE. The first defense against infection is a properly patched OS from Microsoft Update at update.microsoft.com. More info HERE.
2. Please use a firewall and realtime anti-virus. Keep the anti-virus software and firewall software up to date.. Run a complete system scan with your anti-virus at least once a week...preferably in Safe mode.
If your anti-virus program is a paid/licensed version that is about to expire, you can consider using a free one such as:
Microsoft Security Essentials
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic
Avast! 4 Home Edition
If you prefer not to use the Windows Firewall, there are several of the freeware Firewalls available on the public domain.
Please see this list for anti-virus, firewalls, and other FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE.
3. Using an alternate browser can reduce your chance of certain infections installing themselves. You might consider installing Mozilla / Firefox.
4. Do not use file sharing. Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The reason for this is simple. File sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. However, this practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft. Even if you change those risky default settings to a safer configuration, the act of downloading files from an anonymous source greatly increases your exposure to infection. That is because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many very malicious worms and trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.
5. Keep your software updated...make it easier on yourself and install the free security tool Secunia PSI .
6. If you have not already done so, you might want to install CCleaner and run it in each user's profile: http://www.ccleaner.com/ ** UNcheck the option to install the Yahoo toolbar that is checked by default for the Standard version, or download the toolbar-free versions (Slim or Basic) when given the option for those.
7. Web Of Trust , uses colored alerts to warn about risky websites warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites, helping you avoid the dangerous sites:
There is a Web Of Trust version for Firefox as well.
8. If you still wish to use Internet Explorer, please make sure you install SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.htm
Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.
Periodically check for updates.
9. You might want to install Winpatrol. Winpatrol is heuristic protection program, meaning it looks for patterns in codes that work like malware. It also takes a snapshot of your system's critical resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without you knowing. You can read more about Winpatrol's features here. You can download a free copy of Winpatrol or use the Plus version for more features.
You can read Winpatrol's FAQ if you run into problems.
10. Many of us in the online security community have tried and tested programs to determine their abilities. Please remember that there is no guarantee regarding computer security. However, the available software, combined with the rest of these recommendations will contribute to helping your system running safely.
06-05-2010 07:09 PM
Great tips, BB - thanks for posting this to help everyone!
Anyone out there have a tale to tell of a trap that you fell into? What all did you have to do to recover? Did you have to start from scratch, or were you able to salvage your existing installation?
06-09-2010 06:13 AM - edited 06-09-2010 06:16 AM
06-10-2010 05:46 PM - edited 06-10-2010 05:47 PM
Super Anti-Spyware is good at finding tracking cookies and adware, but sometimes it takes other tools to remove what SAS misses.
Users who run a resident anti-virus and feel that they are careful online often ask how they acquired fake alerts/rogues. Here is a good video by SOPHOS that shows you how this can happen by simply using a search engine:
06-11-2010 05:30 AM
I do not know the last time you have tried SAS. Yes the program does take awhile to load and does miss things. But the new SAS PORTABLE hasn't missed things for me. It picks up what spybot s&d, adawareSE, and the old fav malwarebytes. You should try the new portable (like I've stated within minutes it will find the ROGUE AV's) It hides from malware by running like DOS (atleast when you right click the properties it shows DOS) and has a nice GUI. It uses random file names so malware can not hide from it. A whitehat Hacker friend of mine confirms it is great. He uses it often like me. No install just run it. But yes like you have stated it is not good to rely on just 1 tool. I use MSE, Avast 5, SAS portable, spybot (for the other options it has) ccleaner, easycleaner, advanced system care 3, zonealarm 9, and firefox with addons, and peerblock.
06-11-2010 10:01 AM
When did I last use SAS? That was on 06/02/2010 at 09:23 PM / Application Version : 4.38.1004 / Core Rules Database Version : 5023 /Trace Rules Database Version: 2835
It was the installed version, however, which uses the same database as the portable version.
Actually, there is an updated version 4.39.1002 available as of yesterday which is offering improved speed, enhanced services scanning/removal. It scans Firefox and Chrome cookies, as well as IE. (64-bit Users: Autoupdate will be active after 6/15/2010)
In the case last week and in all other cases, I use multiple tools, just to be sure all remnants of infection have been cleaned. SAS has not been a one-shot deal for me in about 4 years. As long as SAS works for you when you need it, that's good. Sometimes computers are like people in that what medication works for one does not work for another.
Thanks for the info on the Portable Version. That will be handy to have.
09-28-2010 10:34 AM - edited 09-28-2010 10:58 AM
09-30-2010 08:41 AM
12-21-2010 09:40 PM
Just recently Lenovo came out with "Client Security Solution 8.3 for Win 7 32bit and 64bit" and maybe you guys can check it out
Note For users using Password Manager 3.20.0320.00 and Microsoft Office 2007, it is required to download a patch to fix the compatibility issue and install it after you install CSS 8.3 on your system. For more information, kindly click on the link below:
Above note applies for those using Office 2010 as well.
Check out the Community Knowledge Base for hints and tips.
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