What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?

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I have a desktop & a laptop connected via Belkin wireless router 7230, my
laptop has just had spyware / adware on it & was trying to send emails in
the background but NAV2005 stopped them.

Win XP notified me that spyware had been installed & I have now, I think,
removed all spyware / adware. (Used Microsoft's Antispyware, is there
something better?)

I have NAV2005 on laptop & NIS2002 on PC, my router has the firewall
enabled.

What is the best way to protect my PC & laptop without being to complicated?

Although NIS2002 on my PC is old I do have updates via Liveupdate is this
enough or do I need to get a more recent version? (Or are the live updates
keeping it fully up to date?) and do I need NIS on my laptop or is NAV2005
enough?

Do I also need to be using something to detect spyware / adware or should
NAV/NIS be enough?

Thanks for reading
Your reply is appreciated.
TIA
Lyzzy



Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?
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http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/secmgmt/sm0504.mspx

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The latter. Just use the Windows-Firewall.

Yours,
VB.
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Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?

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I am not saying they are beter but some use Ad-Aware of SpyBot both are
free.

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Go to the O/S

http://labmice.techtarget.com/articles/winxpsecuritychecklist.htm
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It's always best to keep up to date with new releases of such software,
IMHO.
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See above

You may want to do something here too.

http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/wireless/a/aa112203_2.htm

Duane :)



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Some comments;  

- keep your machine up to date on Microsoft Update.  

- Work smart. Don't click on anything you don't understand. This is
  *very* hard, pesonally, and in a company LAN situation training staff
  is almost, but you still have to try.  In a very large coorpration,
  early in the days of spyware I found that a small number of people
  cought spyware on a regular basis and many never did.

- I just installed this /etc/host file and I'm *very* happy. I don't
  get *any* popups and if I should get some spyware it probably won't
  be able to do anything.  

  http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

- I recommend a hardware firewall on any home broadband connection.
  This can be as simple as a home dsl modem router in the default
  configuration.  This stuff is free for the asking when people
  upgrade to WiFi, etc.




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a d y k e s @ p a n i x . c o m

Don't blame me. I voted for Gore.

Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?

In Mon, 19 Dec 2005 13:36:50 GMT, Lyndsey Scott wrote:
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1. If you're using Internet Explorer, switch to a different browser.

2. Turn off Javascript and Java. Most spyware/adware gets onto your
   computer via ActiveX (not usually an issue with non-IE browsers) or
   Java/Javascript. Turn these off and you won't have problems with
   malware. If certain sites require one of these, many browsers let
   you enable it for that site. Be careful which sites you trust,
   e.g. www.citibank.com is probably OK, while www.trashysluts.com is
   probably not.


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Jerry Gardner
jg2-usenet@gardnerclan.net

Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?
A firewall really isn't going to help stop Spyware / Adware / Malware
from being installed and causing problems.  It *might* stop them from
"calling home" but its not going to stop them from being installed and
trying to call home.  In other words really slow down your web
experience.   First clean up all the Spyware on your system now (see
other suggestions) then install something like the Symantec Internet
Security Suite or the ZoneAlarm Suite.  Both now do a very good job
from stopping this stuff from entering your computer in the first
place.  Then install (and use) Firefox with Adblock on NoScript
extensions.  If you do these two things you'll probably never have to
worry about Spyware (etc) again.

John Herron - CISSP
http://www.nist.org
Government IT Security - Documents, News and Commentary


Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?
Jerry Gardner wrote:
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get Spywareblaster to control ActiveX :-)

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It's not possible to control ActiveX beside not using Internet Explorer
at all.

Yours,
VB.
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realitätsferner Spinner.
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Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?
Thanks for all your replys, will hopefully be spy & ad-free from now on!

Cheers
Lyndsey


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Lyzzy wrote:

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Has anyone had any experience/luck with SpywareGuide's Spyware Block
List File?

   (http://www.spywareguide.com/blockfile.php )

As Volker pointed out, NOT using IE makes all of this moot.

Ron :)

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And knowing what you're doing and not have the happy fingers clicking on
everything makes this moot too.

Duane :)



Re: What is best way to protect my PC/laptop from spyware/adware?
I'm having problems with my network now, as mentioned before I'm using a
Belkin wireless router 7230 to link my laptop with my desktop. My desktop is
also wireless connected to my router with a Belkin dongle.

I can open files saved on my desktop pc with my laptop but cannot open files
saved on my laptop with my desktop pc unless I turn off Windows firewall on
my laptop (I have file & printer sharing ticked on my laptop & desktop)

I have read somewhere about Sygate Personal Firewall is this better than
Windows Firewall or am I better trying to work why Windows Firewall wont let
me file share documents on my laptop.

TIA
Lyzzy


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Yes. And this is a good idea.

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No.


Better let it so. Use your Desktop as file sharing platform.

Yours,
VB.
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Ein vision statement ist in aller Regel planfreies Gelalle einer Horde
realitätsferner Spinner.
    Dietz Pröpper in d.a.s.r

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