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Protecting your PC while surfing the net

Post by Dave » Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:38 am

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posted August 01, 2004 05:00 PMAugust 02, 2004 05:00 AM
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Install Mozilla Firefox, and make it your DEFAULT Net browser. It's a fortress to pop ups, and maleware, adware, etc.

Install Mozilla Thunderbird Email, make it your DEFAULT Emailer.

Install HIJACK THIS and CWSHREDDER and go into ADWARE and activate every damn nit picking feature.

research the Hijack This site too.

Never use IE again. I started using Mozilla, and now when I run Adware, I get zero results found every time. And as you know, I do surf the back alleys of the Net.

Jack.
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posted August 03, 2004 08:31 AMAugust 03, 2004 08:31 PM
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You should also run spybot's search and destroy. It will find things that ad-aware misses and vice versa. You need both.

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Mr. Zero
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posted August 03, 2004 03:42 PMAugust 04, 2004 03:42 AM
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Make sure to frequently run Spybot and Adaware, and whenever you run them UPDATE them.

Keep your OS up to date by visiting windowsupdate.microsoft.com and installing all the Critical Updates (ignore the rest.) If you use Mac OSx the software updater is in the control panels.

Generate a "fake" email address that you can use when you need to sign up for something (driver downloads, what have you.) This will keep your real email clearer of spam and still let you get those URLs that you need to. Hotmail is a good place for this since they have minimal crap to go through, unlike yahoo.

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posted August 03, 2004 07:28 PMAugust 04, 2004 07:28 AM
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You people must be surfing some scary sites to be worrying about this shit.

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Mr. Zero
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posted August 04, 2004 01:57 PMAugust 05, 2004 01:57 AM
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Tun,
Even ligit business will use spyware to track your shopping trends, espically if they can tie those trends to an email address which can be sold off.

The reason to keep your OS up to date is obviously. Thanks to the RPC/DCOM viruses you no longer need to do ANYTHING except be connected to a network for your machine to be exploited. Also Anti-virus software didn't help at all last august/september, the only thing that did was personal firewalling and paying attention to OS updates.

Not trying to be arguementative, just sharing my (perhapes overly developed) paranoia. I'm also not a security-pro (just a IT trench-monkey), but if people want I can write something up for you all.

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posted August 04, 2004 02:30 PMAugust 05, 2004 02:30 AM
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Zero,

Thanks for the insights. I know shit from shinola about computers and the web.

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posted August 22, 2004 09:13 PMAugust 23, 2004 09:13 AM
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from acomputerpro.com 7/26/04

Multiple profiles are a pain to clean up when it comes time to remove a virus or malware infestation. So is the Windows XP System Restore feature, since the infection can hide in the system volume information. It is getting harder and harder to keep computers clean from scumware. Here is my simple 22 step process to rid your Windows PC of all evil and protect it.
(Mac users rejoice!)
Note: After step #5, I recommend removing any personal firewall or anti-virus software other than AVG, Sygate or Microsoft Windows Firewall. When you are all finished, install AVG and Sygate. More on this at the end.
1. Make sure Windows is up-to-date!
(Note: Repeat until there are no critical updates listed.)
Perform the below steps under each user account.
2. Disable System Restore if you have it.
(Note: This will wipe out all previous restore points.)
3. Delete Temporary Internet Files.
(Note: Delete any Temporary Files too if you know how.)
4. Run a free scan at antivirus.com
5. Delete the infected files found.
6. Run a free scan at pestscan.com
7. Note down what it PestScan finds.
8. Download SpyBot SD v1.3
9. Install and update SpyBot SD.
10. Run SpyBot SD and remove pests.
11. Use the SpyBot SD immunization feature.
(Note: Make sure you block all bad products.)
12. Run pestscan.com again and compare.
13. Download AdAware v6 b181
14. Install and update AdAware.
15. Run AdAware and remove pests.
16. Run pestscan.com again and compare.
(Note: Your computer profile should be pretty clean now.)
17. Download CWShredder and run it.
18. Run a free scan at antivirus.com again.
(If things appear clean, move on to the next user profile.)
19. Turn System Restore back on.
When you are all done, you can run HiJackThis if you understand it. If not, leave it alone.
20. Download AVG Free Anti-Virus v6.0
(Note: Make sure you comply with the license.)
21. Install, update and run AVG Anti-Virus.
22. Turn on Windows Firewall or Sygate.
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posted August 23, 2004 11:03 PMAugust 24, 2004 11:03 AM
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I've found Mozilla Firefox to be a better browser for my needs than IE ever was. I've used a few different browsers in my time.

I like the switchproxy plugin for FF.
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posted August 25, 2004 08:20 AMAugust 25, 2004 08:20 PM
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Gav

Yes I did it and it's working well.

I wonder if Garm has any stats that say how many people that visit the site use Firefox vs IE.

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posted August 25, 2004 10:42 AMAugust 25, 2004 10:42 PM
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Tom,

I'm not sure if you can find that out. Her are the stats but I can't see anything that indicates it. http://www.irongarm.org/webstats/

Gav
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