Guide T2W - Security and Virus Information

aarie5

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thanks rossored i missed that bit :eek: i had win xp installed only three weeks ago and have had to formatt and reinstall already! i think my browser was hijacked - every time i tried to load one of the financial sites like yahoo etc the browser would shut down however it did let me load other sites ???? so rather than muck about i reinstalled. now maybe a bit over cautious :rolleyes: i never had this trouble with 98 and zone alarm.

thanks again
 

oatman

Senior member
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Rosso, Symantec has me stealthed :cheesy:
aarie,
Here's some port info http://lists.gpick.com/portlist/portlist.htm
Download SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/index.html
Check your ports, DCOM and UnPlug n Pray. http://grc.com/default.htm
Sygate has a forum and test as well.
http://forums.sygate.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=7
http://scan.sygate.com/
Also, just looking back, have you got Ad-aware?
.....and make sure your Windows Critical Updates are current. 5 new ones the other day.
 

AlexAndrews

Member
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Well done Rosso, excellent thread. Not much to add, except I would echo oatman's recommendation of SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster (add links/references in the main post?) - I run these in conjunction with Zone Alarm, Avast and Ad-Aware. If nothing else, anybody who connects to the internet from a Windows PC - especially non-dialup users - should have an effective firewall: it really is essential.

BTW the site on the link for AV software comparison doesn't seem to have any such information - does anyone know of another?

Alex
 

oatman

Senior member
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I've been keeping a look out for some comparison tests but there doesn't seem to be anything that's independent or "scientific" enough.
 

oatman

Senior member
2,879 22
Windows Critical update

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-025
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (867801)

Issued: July 30, 2004
 

oatman

Senior member
2,879 22
AVG and other antivirus

I recently posted on PcPitstop http://pcpitstop.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=59760 that there seemed to be more posts lately from people using AVG getting viruses etc which were not being cleaned. AVG is very popular, but I had my doubts after our "Hitler" :devilish: poster got into this forum and I copped a couple of nasties. I switched to AntiVir after that.
I've been trying to find some comparisons of antivirus programmes but all reports fail to compare properly. Out of all this someone posted this link http://www.suggestafix.com/index.php?act=ST&f=16&t=11185 which I have seen before but I lost it :rolleyes:
Just thought some of you might be interested ;)
 

Buk

Established member
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cheers Oaty ;) Norton is up for renewal, so think I'll now take a peek at the top 2 recommends on his hit list!!...good stuff!
 

esiotrot

Active member
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Zone Alarm - new update and Norton

I run Norton AV and Zone Alarm (free version) and a little while ago when I updated to ZA Version 50_590 it caused a conflict with Norton when scanning e-mails so I uninstalled and reverted to the older ZA version 45_594. I think there was a mention in a thread here but I cannot find it right now. It was also discussed on PcPitstop forums.

Now there is a newer Zone Alarm V51_011. Any idea if this problem has been resolved?
 

LevII

Established member
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Thanks Oatman. I've binned AVG although, I must say, it always seems to have worked ok for me.

No infections when I ran the newly installed 'Avast'

LII
 

theknifemac

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LevII said:
Thanks Oatman. I've binned AVG although, I must say, it always seems to have worked ok for me.

No infections when I ran the newly installed 'Avast'

LII

Yeah I'm still with AVG at the moment, I think the combination of it and ZoneAlarm probably means a lot of infections can't happen as dodgy attachments are stripped out by the firewall. Also using an email client which is not Outlook probably helps a lot too.

I've seen mixed reviews of AVG, I think some of the things found by other virus tools are more spyware than virus perhaps.

Stew
 

esiotrot

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rossored said:
Afraid I dont know if its been resolved. I do know thay my old copy of ZA wouldnt update though - I had to remove it, and manually re-install the new version. I still think its the best, though.

It seems that this new version of ZA has solved that conflict with NAV. I'm sure Oatman is right that the previous ZA had an Anti-virus element. During this install you are asked if you are using AV and I guess this gets around any conflict.

I also run Adaware and have just updated to SE with no problems. It does seem to pick up more rubbish than the older version.
 

rossored

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For all security conscious amongst us, Microsoft have just announced the imminent release of SP2.

Taken from CNET Downloads :

The world of Windows news watchers has been abuzz over the upcoming release of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. Microsoft is making the release available to Microsoft Developer Network members today, August 10, and will push it out to Windows users via the Automatic Update feature on August 25.

Microsoft's mission with Service Pack 2 is to increase overall security in Windows XP and head off any more negative publicity caused by security exploits. Service Pack 2 will turn on XP's internal firewall by default. (I will be turning it right back off because I use ZoneAlarm for my firewall.) Both Outlook and Outlook Express will keep any e-mail attachments in a sandbox where they can't automatically interact with the system. This should prevent many worms and viruses.

The most visible changes will be in Internet Explorer, with the introduction of a pop-up blocker. I've been waiting for this feature for quite a while and can't wait to put it through its paces. Microsoft also is improving IE's add-on management, which should let you see and remove any spyware installed as a browser helper object. Many of these changes are long overdue, but very welcome nonetheless.
 
 
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