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How do you keep your PC secure?

So, what's your trojan wall?

Last week, I had fallen victim to two malware attacks that resulted in my having to reformat my PC twice. Since I took my PC's security for granted, I never really devised a way to safeguard it resulting in my losing valuable time. At the moment I'm researching on the best anti-virus and other software to not let this happen again.

How do you keep your PC safe from these kinds of attacks? What are your preventive and recovery measures?

Anti-Virus: AVAST or NOD32

Anti-Spyware: Ad-Aware

Browsers: IE 7, FireFox 3, Chrome

Partitioned drive into 2. One for program files - and for data files. Planning on external hard-drive for backup image of data files Backup important data to DVD once every 2 months.

And I have no "System Restore Point" strategy.

Help! :P

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  • Posted on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:38 AM

    > How do you keep your PC safe from these kinds of attacks? What are your preventive and recovery measures?

    - First and most important thing: do not work as administrator or with an account with administration privileges, create a user that has no permissions to write to WINDOWS and WINDOWS\system32 directory. If software does not work, blame the developers of that software. User software should never need to write to system32.

    - use Firefox or other browser instead, avoid IE when possible

    - do not use Outlook Express

    - disable execution of ActiveX plugins in IE if you use it

    - use a different OS 😉 (I know, may in SAP area impossible)

    Markus

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    • Former Member Markus Doehr

      > - First and most important thing: do not work as administrator or with an account with administration privileges, create a user that has no permissions to write to WINDOWS and WINDOWS\system32 directory. If software does not work, blame the developers of that software.

      There was an article recently about a survey which concluded that this solves 92% of the security problems.

      I think the same holds true for basis folks with SAP_ALL... 😊

  • Posted on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:13 AM

    Anti-Virus: Mccafe (updated version)

    Anti-Spyware: Mccafe takes care of this to be extra sure you can use windows defender or spyware doctor.

    Browsers: FireFox 3.0.7

    Mccafe has a addon to firefox called "site advisor", its very good.Atleast you know which sites are dangerous.

    Enable automatic updates to all.

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  • Posted on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:54 AM

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    > How do you keep your PC secure?

    Plenty of love, affection and affirmation. But it's even more important for your PC to know that those who are responsible for it love each other.

    ...or is that kids?

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    Posted on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:11 AM

    Hmm. I've done some research and the virus that infected my home work PC belongs to the VIRUT family of viruses. If you're not alarmed -- just an overview, it infects all data files that are running on your PC. It doesn't stop infecting your OS executables but it also infects .doc, .pdf, .ppt, etc. And to a point where the only option is to nuke your PC.

    It's a fairly new kind of virus - and there's no proper 'fix' to this as of yet. So my fellow comrades, if you have the time, backup your important documents/data to a non-writeable format like a DVD or an external HD that's secure and clean. (If you haven't already)

    😊

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    • Former Member Matthew Billingham

      Indeed. And from what I have read, it can reside in servers as well - and reportedly public websites harbor the virus now. I have already informed my friend who owns an IT firm who develops web technologies for business as it can reside on their server and infect ALL of their work files.

      Though I don't know to what extent this virus can harm systems - and to think I'm a portal consultant at that - I'm left to wondering could this infect all the html, htmlb, jsp.. and that would be a disaster. I just hope the security team can put up a good preventive measure.

      And at the moment, all major enterprise-level anti-virus can't repair/fix this virus. So, at the moment -- it's all about preventive maintenance.. and risk aversion with heavy backup of files. 😉

      Regards,

      Jan

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