Freeware Files: Five Apps for Locking Down Your PC's Security!

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Philips

Security is always necessary. It must be achieved at all means. Knowing this, it is achievable.

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zefrem7

I agree that Avast is a superior choice to Security Essentials. I did enjoy Security Essentials ease of use and seamless integration but it just doesn't catch everything. I tested a piece of software that I know installs a root kit... Avast caught it right away... Security Essentials not so much.

A good start for Microsoft but not good enough... not yet, anyway.

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NuparuGT

I agree, Avast is great and better that MSE.

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mikeart03a

I already use a few of these applications and I must say that they are pretty good (SAS, Chrome, Sandboxie and Revo). However, I'm a little hesitant to use MS's Security Essentials suite, while it's a good scanner, it doesn't offer real-time proctection which is what I need most seeing as I'm sharing a LAN with a college student who likes to download a ton of crap and has to nuke his laptop every other week.. not to mention his buddies as well.

I use Avast for my AV needs, while it's not the lightest of the bunch in terms of memory usage, but I have more than enough RAM on my laptop and desktop (6gb in each) so I don't notice the hit. However, I do like avast for it's web and network shields. It intercepts any bugs trying to make their way through my network/net connection and kills the connection (I do use a firewall, but it doesn't always monitor for odd behaviour coming through normal network channels (ie. file/printer sharing, media center, etc.). While I do find it annoying at times when it hits legit websites, but that's easy enough to fix.

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dedgar

Dl'd/installed MSE and suddenly my VBox folding was limited to 1 core instead of the 7 assigned. Removed MSE and folding is back to useing 7 cores.

MSE support has been notified.

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V-mateika

I use a combo of 4 or 5 utilities. I had MSE, but it could not detect 3 troublesome viruses on my pc after updates and 3 full scans. So I dropped it. I use a combo of AVG free as my antivirus, pc decrapifier to remove programs that don't want to go away, and revo uninstaller to remove left over files. For everything else, I have Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition (For you guessed it) , and Spybot - Search & Destroy for everything else. It works absolutely perfectly for me. Only AVG runs in the background so all those programs aren't a burden. There is nothing that combo of programs couldn't detect or destroy to date.

 It's really annoying updating everything, but I have a handy dandy program for updating my programs. 

 The best thing about my solution is, there are no ads like with Avira (although it's awesome), and it's pretty all encompassing for security. IT'S ALSO ALL FREE. 

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AleceHelix

Avira Antivirus seems to be the best program so far you can get for free and actually does something. 

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BRKKAB

You missed another one besides RevoUninstaller. Hijack This! 2.02 for the leftover remnants the others left behind.

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blindhorizon

i think you need to add one more to that list.  of bonus software REVO is great but also PC Decerapifier is a great utility to get the job done on a new computer.

http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ 

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TheMurph

I completely agree.  I only hesitated against adding it for the sheer sake of this week's theme -- complete security and protection.  That's not to say that PC Decrapafier isn't an awesome app, however.

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nekollx

 Make a adendum 

Revo for existing

PC Decrap for new, cause honenstly Decrap is a "run once in a lifetime" thing

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blindhorizon

thats a really good point i didn't take into consideration, is that is it really only good for a one time run when you first get your computer.  but on the other hand it can be ran after a few years of craping up a computer to help remove all that usless shareware stuff you might have installed.

 but if your a good computer person you were running REVO right after you ran Decrap, then kept on top of all the stuff you installed.

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blindhorizon

how many new computers come preinstalled with crap that will destroy security on your computer by auto registering, updating, and downloading additional software that you might have not wanted.  and all those processes open port on your computer that will be oked to use by windows firewall that some hacker or bot net is just waiting for to open up.

But i will give it to you, that this per say is not a "Security or program" but it is a way of protecting.

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nekollx

 I use SAS and Chrome at home but Avira for my anto virus, is MSSE really better then Avira?

I tried Sandboxie but at the time it didnt support 64 bit.

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blindhorizon

unlike the Murphy, I think at in time 64bit version is coming closer to happening that most people think.  as of now computers are coming 32/64 bit, the now windows 7 boxes come with 32 or 64 bit installers.  its also known in the tech world that 64 bit computers are more secure (not sure if that is due to the fact that its the OS or if its the users that are using 64 bit are smarter.)  so its only a matter of time till Sandboxie moves over to 64 bit,  unless its just reaplace with something better that will be 64 bit.  but only time will tell.

 

one last thing,  probably by the time windows releases its next OS the world will be 64bit without option of a 32 bit just because that will be the defacto standard.  and you can quote me and bet me on that one. 

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TheMurph

Oh, I wasn't making some kind of generalized statement about 64-bit software being unpopular or something.  Sandboxie's developers have specifically stated that they are not making a 64-bit version:

"By supporting 64-bit Windows, and the arbitrary limitations it places on innovation in computer security, you give up the right to demand a 64-bit edition of Sandboxie. Please do not post complaints to the forum, and do not send private messages or email about it."

http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?WindowsVista64

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nekollx

 That's daft, so what, if we support 64 bit we are "giving into the man?"

I mean what? Was their a Windows 98 64 bit we were suppose to use?

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TheMurph

Click the aforementioned link, it has the answers you seek.

"Thus in 64-bit Windows, Sandboxie can only "recommend" a program to not go out of the sandbox, but cannot mandate this. A malicious program could easily circumvent Sandboxie by simply ignoring these recommendations. Rather than release a 64-bit version of Sandboxie that can only offer a false sense of security, I have decided to cancel support for 64-bit editions of Sandboxie."

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nekollx

 I did, and it reads to me "i don't want to deal with the headache of patching my program so the far more secure Vista x64 wnt treat it as a virus."

 

Tough cookie, cause soon(in computer time) well have x64 standard and be hearing about the new x128 bit Windows 8

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blindhorizon

a little off topic, but what would the purpose of going 128bit doesn't make since to me.  we already have more memory and processing power then most people in the world would ever use.

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nekollx

 Your right, no one will ever need more then 640k RAM, isn't that right Mr. Gates?

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blindhorizon

don't get me wrong i don't have a problem if they want to develop a 128bit system. but if you think about it  what programs or hardware over the next 3-5 years will ever use more then say 16GB of memory?  i have a few cad friends and their software doesn't even need that much.

honestly when bill gates made that comment he didn't really know where the world of computers would really be going, i bet if you ask him now about it he will laugh. 

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nekollx

 5 years ago the mere IDEA if needing more then 4 Giga Bytes of rame would get you laughed at. In 3 years when windows 8 is out people are going to be saying "my pc is kind of slow. I only have 80GB of ram, should i upgrade?"

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blindhorizon

its hard to beleave that Sandboxie would make such a bold statement like that.  you watch six months from now they will be back peddling and making a 64bit version.

Murph, hopefully i haven't said anything to offensive, your by far one of my favorite article writers here, and a far more tech savvy guy then I and i know some times i can be a bit of a jerk.. :) 

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TheMurph

Oh, no, not at all.  Thanks for the compliments.  :D

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TheMurph

Unfortunately, Sandboxie will likely never support 64-bit...

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