Free Security Stuff Worth It? Complete Package Recommended Here Is!
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You wanted a free package, here you go. A Good Free Package of Security Softwares you can add FREE FREE FREE!
BUT READ THIS FIRST FIRST FIRST !!!!
You will have to understand what is said here. The reasons over 12 million Users/Visitors of my security site trust it/me is that I have always maintained the honesty of NEVER giving bad advice as unresearched and proven. NEVER posting links that lead to malicious infectious websites. NEVER posted any softwares that were bundled with malware or that were other than “Genuine Freeware” – which is the term I invented as meaning no continual or intermittent pop ups or ads or connected to any ad networks or “nagware” they now call it. Of course it is understood that “trialware” is known that it is a free version for a set time that maybe one week, fifteen or thirty days. I have NEVER promoted any “feel good” false sense and environment of computer security – which many commercial sites do for gain such as online magazines etc. One of our Creeds……
FUD “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, a marketing or political strategy” …
FUD (definition) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FUD
There are many, many idiots and the corrupt in computer security calling all things FUD (or snake oil – worthless product, does nothing – such as industry wide security products as antivirus, antispyware, personal firewalls etc.) . Some of the count are actual cyber criminals socially engineering you ! Some advocate never using a registry cleaner (which can not pass legal compliance in IT Security) – yet they will advise you to use antivirus and antispyware that does indeed remove malware Windows Registry keys. We as intermediate and advanced users have known for years and have used for years Registry products that are an invaluable help to manually locate malware items and as well identify reported malware by security products (antivirus. antimalware, firewalls). These others are telling you ‘feel-good’ false security lies as ‘sugar daddies’ or ease-of-use ‘candy man’ tactics to be your “security guru” at many forums. We do not promote any false sense of security or environment. Those wishing to profit from calling security FUD are what we use to call Judas Iscariot and are NOT welcomed here or anywhere there is intelligence. ”
Originally, a “free package” as a handful of security softwares put together as “layers of security” used to be posted by just about all helpers. BUT this was the early days from 2002 on a few. Many products were not near 100 percent protection (antispyware) so it began to then download some extra free versions as stand alone on demand scanners without Real Time Protection activated (but upon purchase). These were added to one you would buy. What one didn’t get – the others would was the logic and advice. You put together your “security solution”.
This dramatically changed forever now and is no longer good advice to any user. The reason is that the cyber crime threatscape changed for the worst years ago. First they added to payloads malwares that would disable ANY free version on the computer. They could not be used. Then they also added malwares that would attack a paid version on the computer as not all antivirus/antispyware products were best quality that repelled easily these attacks upon them to disable them. Weaker or less than quality premium version (pay for) antimalware products (antivirus and antispyware) were successfully attacked and disabled by the newer malware payloads, which then installed at will the rest of their payloads being successful to disable security products – that would be trojans, spyware, rootkits, viruses, etc.
Here is just one example of this as a common threat nowadays (zillions) :
Security software disabler Trojan
Through less than quality firewalls like butter….
Tunneling to circumvent firewall policy
“Users can also use tunneling to “sneak through” a firewall, using a protocol that the firewall would normally block, but “wrapped” inside a protocol that the firewall does not block, such as HTTP. If the firewall policy does not specifically exclude this kind of “wrapping”, this trick can function to get around the intended firewall policy.”
So in good conscience, there is no way to give the older advice of building some free package of security softwares and tell someone they are good to go. It is now plainly a LIE !!! And big BUT…. There are so many that do not have credit cards to buy products online. There are those that simply will not pay for protection like your thrifty Uncle example. So with these – they still need anything as beating a blank. It HAS to be drilled into their heads that a free version is only a scanner with NO protection and the pay product is necessary for Real Time Protection. This is Reactive and Proactive Security. Reactive security is using free scanners like AVG Free etc. with no Real Time Protection and are used AFTER a threat to the PC is perceived by the user. You scan and attempt to detect any threats and remove them. However, the damages are ALREADY done such as a destructive worm or virus and spyware as well, that all files they wished to get have already been copied and sent to the cyber criminals. TOO LATE NOW ! Proactive is using the product with Real Time Protection running 24/7. This BLOCKS infections before they occur – thus NO loss of personal data and/or actual destruction of the operating system or motherboard or chipsets or disk itself leaving the PC “bricked” – like a brick, doesn’t do anything and makes for a paperweight now. (Bricked is generally the term they use for mobiles toasted by malware).
There are just the FEW free products that offer Real Time Protection. If they refuse to pay or can’t, you have to then offer the “free package” and wish them good luck with the instructions to them about dangers. The free ones with Real Time Protection (heuristics) are simply no where near any best product is the problem aside trying to get something for free. You get what you pay for is the advice and of course you explain and add “Best Practices” advice for safe surfing as best possible (stay away from dark side of internet which is full of infections, etc) and not opening or clicking spam emails or attachments etc.
Having all this in mind, and not simply listing a package as my advice without explanation in full above (what I put my hand to), let’s go ahead and put together that free package…..
FIRST the user needs a product with Real Time Protection. This is ALWAYS the first move/installation.
Comodo Free Anti Virus Software Internet Security
http://antivirus.comodo.com/ (Genuine Freeware)
Free Antivirus Software from Comodo eliminates viruses, spyware, and other malware from desktops and networks fighting against Internet security threats. Full Real Time Protection !
PRESS: Great News !
Comodo Internet Security Earns the Prestigious VB100 Virus Certification
HostReview.com (press release) April 14, 2011
NEXT: (may be tad advanced for newbie)
Spyware Terminator [Genuine Freeware] (Antispyware and antivirus. Real time protection added!)
Millions of users worldwide rely on Spyware Terminator, winner of many awards and high ratings from industry experts and users. Its free comprehensive protection is comparable to competitors’ paid versions! Originally with enterprise level Clam Antivirus now has F-Prot Antivirus.
Spyware Terminator includes: http://www.spywareterminator.com/
* Fast spyware scanning
* 100% real-time protection
* HIPS protection
* Antivirus protection
* Multilanguage Support
View List of All Features »
Microsoft Security Essentials…..(only recommended for Real Time Protection and is now very weak product)
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC, antivirus and antispyware real time shields.
SPECIAL NOTE / BASIC SECURITY….Microsoft: Security Essentials is designed to be bottom of the antivirus rankings. Microsoft has admitted Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials, describing its protection as merely a “baseline” that will “always be on the bottom” of antivirus software rankings.
HOWEVER it must be explained…. Generally, Do not use two antimalware products that have real time protection technology. These generally will conflict and worst. You can use these with free stand alone products that just scan, safely. DO NOT INSTALL ALL THREE OUT OF PARANOIA!!!! Pick one only that has Real Time Protection. These are that Proactive Defense.
BEST FREE STAND ALONE SCANNER – SCAN ON DEMAND (means open it and click scan)…..
Full antivirus and antispyware combined. This is the best premium product in the world IMO (In My Opinion) beating all others as Norton, ESET NOD32, Sophos etc. Download it and choose either full version free for 30 days to try, or simply click Free Version (without Real Time Protection). With one of the above Real Time Protection products, you can then use the Emsisoft free version to perform a full scan at least once a week. Heavy surfers – scan every or every other day! Great scan options, you can do the quick scan check for malware running right now on the PC (think you may got hit at a site) which takes only a moment. You can choose Smart Scan which checks the usual suspects in the usual places. And then Full Scan which will scan the entire computer system and files. This takes over a half hour with any product, the full scan, but should be done even by advanced users at least once a week or bi-monthly.
ALSO GET THIS TOO FOR USB DRIVE / USE IF PC IS LOCKED UP, CAN’T NAVIGATE – JUST PLUG IN AND LAUNCH EEK AND SCAN
Emsisoft Emergency Kit 2.0 [genuine freeware, best, recommended]
Your emergency kit for infected PCs! Detects and removes Malware > 5 million known dangers. World class dual-scan-engine. 100% portable – perfect for USB sticks. HiJackFree and BlitzBlank included. Self made Emergency USB Drive stick (or purchase) – Expand the content of the Emsisoft Emergency Kit to an USB stick and make your own universal tool to scan and clean infected PCs.
Avast AntiVirus Home Edition [working-freeware]
Free avast! 4 Home Edition. avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.
BitDefender Free Edition
BitDefender Free Edition is an on-demand virus scanner, which is best used in a system recovery or forensics role. If you are on an “always-on” Internet connection, we strongly advise you to consider using a more complex antivirus solution.
AVG – Free Antivirus
AVG Anti-Virus Free is virus and anti-spyware available for free.
SUPERAntiSpyware [working-freeware version]
SUPERAntiSpyware scans your computer for known Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers and many other types of threats, and allows you to remove or quarantine them. The free version lacks real-time blocking and protection as well as several other advanced options.
Lavasoft Ad-Aware [working-freeware version]
Ad-Aware Personal provides advanced protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans, dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components. This software is downloadable free of charge for personal use. (Lavasoft Ad-Aware is one of the pioneers in antispyware as we know it today along with Webroot Spysweeper)
Malwarebytes [working-freeware version]
Free anti-malware (Has become popular, detection rates have greatly improved ! )
INSTALL QUALITY FIREWALL ASAP! (Microsoft includes a basic firewall now in all editions)
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall (BEST FREE – SET AND FORGET!]
Protect your PC with #1 Free Firewall
Comodo Personal Firewall [tad advanced for newbies]
(Genuine Freeware, and rated by international tests as about world’s best – now includes antivirus real time)
***Now there is a free security solution with even more to add, below a couple more tools. You get antimalware with Real Time Protection installed for real time protection and then add the free scanner versions to get what that misses – both antivirus and antispyware. With the free scanners, you can download/install all of them – will not conflict with the Real Time Protection product (Comodo etc) installed.
SECURITY TOOLS / UTILITIES
Internet Tracks Cleaners Recommended (Privacy and Security)
CCleaner – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (very popular, safe, freeware/donate)
CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary and unneeded files from certain …
NOTE FOR AVERAGE USER SETTINGS PLEASE SEE THESE ON MY BLOGPOST HERE:
[You should have browsers Settings to delete all internet history each time it closes. Do NOT keep cookies on your computer at all. They have been broken into by crimewares now. Cookies should only be given session cookies permissions as a privacy and security issue (cookies have been broken into by malwares) and only if necessary.
Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) [MILLIONS OF DOWNLOADS]
The Secunia PSI is a free security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. Set to automatic or manual Update for all, will not install the purchase Upgrade versions – just Updates released by the software companies.
ESET (NOD32) Stand-alone malware removal tools
ADD FOR FIREFOX….
BetterPrivacy :: Add-ons for Firefox
Remove or manage a new and uncommon kind of cookies, better known as LSO’s.The BetterPrivacy safeguard offers various ways to handle Flash-cookies set by Google, YouTube, Ebay and others… Go through Settings and click to always delete all when browser closes or paranoid – check to give permission to these on case to case basis.
EULAlyzer 1.1 [freeware]
EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. Discover if the software you’re about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much much more.
RESET PC WHEN INFECTED AFTER CLEANING UP:
Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter
The Microsoft Malware Prevention trouble shooter is designed to scan your computer and make recommended changes based on your current settings to provide you with the most up to date security for your Windows operating system. Building up your computer’s defenses helps secure your computer against viruses and other malicious software.
The Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter does the following:
•Turns on your Windows Firewall. Enabling your Windows Firewall will protect your computer by blocking communication to your PC that may be malicious software.
•Antivirus software: Checks your Antivirus protection status. You will be prompted to update your Antivirus program if it is not up to date or enable Real-time protection. If you don’t have an anti-virus program installed it will offer you to use Microsoft Security Essentials or learn more about other security software partners.
•Turns on Automatic Update. Windows Update helps keep your PC current, secure and enhance performance by automatically downloading and installing the latest security and feature updates from Microsoft. This helps ensure that both Important and Recommended updates are downloaded.
•Pop-blocker: Enabling Pop-up Blocker will make browsing the web safer by helping prevent malicious or unsafe pop-ups from automatically appearing.
•Remote Registry: The Windows Remote Registry service enables remote users to modify registry settings on this computer. If this service is stopped the registry can be modified only by users on this computer as opposed to over the network.
•Internet Explorer: The package will inform you if you have the latest version of Internet Explorer installed. It will also modify your current privacy settings to ensure you have a safe browsing experience. The package will delete your internet cache and browsing history, which will help protect against malicious threats attempting to access your computer while you’re online.
•Enables User Account Control (UAC). User Account Control (UAC) will prevent malicious software from modifying your computer settings without your consent.
•Proxy Settings: If malicious software has modified your Internet Proxy settings, therefore making it difficult to get online, the package will reset your settings so you can browse the internet normally.
ProcessQuickLink [Genuine Freeware]
For your PC to function Windows needs to run and manage many different processes. While many processes run by Windows are essential and legitimate, most PCs get bogged down with processes that are useless or downright harmful. ProcessQuickLink gives you an easy way to analyze each process running on your PC. Is it a resource hog? Could it be part of a virus infection? Or maybe a sign of spyware? ProcessQuickLink will give you the answer. How it works….. Once you install ProcessQuickLink access the Task Manager. Near each process you will see an button. Click on the button and you will be linked to the process page as listed on processlibrary.com.
Freeware! HiJackFree helps advanced users to detect and remove Malware manually. With HiJackFree you can manage all active processes, services, drivers, autoruns, open ports, hosts file entries and many more. For your full control over your system.
BEST MOST TRUSTED REGISTRY CLEANER:
PowerTools Lite – The Freeware Registry and System Cleaner
PowerTools Lite 2011 is a freeware edition of jv16 PowerTools – the ultimate Windows optimization and tuneup utility suite. PowerTools Lite 2011 allows you to easily clean up your computer from unneeded data, unused temp files, registry left overs and automatically fix registry errors.
NOTE: jv16 PowerTools has been about the best registry cleaner loaded with extra advanced features including registry editor for years and years since the beginning. Recently over a year ago they released the above free edition which has four levels of intensity clean for beginner to advanced. Very safe. Very trusted .
PREMIUM jv16 PowerTools:
Belarc Advisor (Freeware)
The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, …
Belarc, located in Maynard, MA, develops and licenses Internet based products which help make personal computers easier to use and maintain by large enterprises, small businesses and individual consumers. Our products are used for software license compliance, hardware upgrade planning, cyber security status, information assurance audits, IT asset management, configuration management, and more. Belarc’s products are in use on well over twenty million computers and are licensed by numerous customers including: AIG, Dana, Kindred Healthcare, NASA, National Park Service, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Unilever, WebMD/Emdeon, and many more.
Trend Micro RUBotted (free)
Malicious software called Bots can secretly take control of computers and make them participate in networks called “Botnets.” These networks can harness massive computing power and Internet bandwidth to relay spam, attack web servers, infect more computers, and perform other illicit activities.
Security experts believe that millions of computers have already joined Botnets without the knowledge of their owners. By using remotely-controlled computers, the criminals in charge of the Botnets try to remain anonymous and elude authorities seeking to prosecute them. RUBotted monitors your computer for suspicious activities and regularly checks with an online service to identify behavior associated with Bots. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted prompts you to scan and clean your computer.
Reading Blue Screen of Death Codes
Generally IRQL errors are hardware or driver related. We’d suggest
checking to see if any drivers have been updated recently and either
roll them back to the old driver or see if an even newer driver is
available (the vendor may have released a driver to fix the crashes). If
that doesn’t help you’ll find BlueScreenView, a crash dump analyzer,
rather helpful. We have a guide to using BlueScreenView to help get you
BlueScreenView v1.40 – View BSOD (blue screen) crash information stored in dump files.
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GO PORTABLE! PUT TOGETHER PORTABLE SECURITY PACKAGE! I really recommend you install this for the USB Drive and then add the portable versions below….
GET: PortableApps.com software for USB Drive…. (has all kinds of portable apps listed you can install at will, plus you can check to get updates from each app (security updates, bug fix, etc) automatically or manually….
Provides packaged software suitable for use on portable media, without leaving settings files on the host computer. Includes developer information, discussion …
ADD SECURITY TOOLS PORTABLE APPS
Try clean up with portable products when access/download blocked or getting dreaded Blue Screen Of Death……
How to Remove Boot Block Malware
Boot block malware is malicious software that settles into your computer’s hard
drive in the first sector and replaces the boot block instructions with malware
instructions. When you start, or boot up, your computer, the malware is loaded
into your computer’s memory and from there it can spread to any other part of
your computer. ….
USE THE FOLLOWING TO REMOVE MALWARE – ROOTKIT/BOOTKIT BOOT-BLOCK TYPE MALWARES ….. EMSISOFT EMERGENCY KIT AND/OR MICROSOFT WINDOWS DEFENDER OFFLINE
Emsisoft Emergency Kit 2.0 [genuine freeware, best, recommended]
Your emergency kit for infected PCs! Detects and removes Malware > 5 million known dangers. World class dual-scan-engine. 100% portable – perfect for USB sticks. HiJackFree and BlitzBlank included.
BlitzBlank is a tool for experienced users and all those who must deal with Malware on a daily basis. Malware infections are not always easy to clean up. These days the software pests use clever techniques to protect themselves from being deleted. In more and more cases it is almost impossible to delete a Malware file while Windows is running. BlitzBlank deletes files, registry entries and drivers at boot time before Windows and all other programs are loaded.
Self made Emergency USB stick – Expand the content of the Emsisoft Emergency Kit to an USB stick and make your own universal tool to scan and clean infected PCs.
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper (Beta) [FREE]
NOW CALLED Windows Defender Offline
Microsoft ships free malware cleaner that boots from CD or USB
June 1, 2011, 10:15am PDT In a move aimed at cutting down on support call costs, Microsoft has released a malware recovery tool that boots from a CD or USB stick. Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing …
Windows Defender Offline Beta
(Free from Microsoft, Scan with Windows Defender Offline Betafrom CD/DVD or USB Drive at Start Up to remove blocking malwares)
What is Windows Defender Offline Beta?
Windows Defender Offline Beta: frequently asked questions
How to Create a Bootable Offline Version of Windows Defender
We should point out that you can also scan your PC with a
BitDefender boot disk
Kapersky boot disk
Avira boot disk
or even an Ubuntu Live CD,
this is one more tool to add into your toolkit.
ClamWin Portable (Antivirus, more) [FREE]
Antivirus to go…. ClamWin Portable is the popular ClamWin antivirus packaged as a portable app, so you can take your antivirus with you to scan files on the go. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.
NEWS: ClamWin Portable 0.97.1 (anti-virus) Released | PortableApps.com …
ClamWin Portable 0.97.1 (anti-virus) Released. Submitted by John T. Haller on June 17, 2011 – 7:46pm. logo ClamWin Portable 0.97.1 has been released. …
SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner (Antispyware) [FREE]
Follow the instructions below to download the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner. The scanner features our complete scanning and removal engine and will detect AND remove over 1,000,000 spyware/malware infections. The scanner does NOT install anything on your Start Menu or Program Files and does NOT need to be uninstalled. The scanner contains the latest definitions so you DO NOT need Internet Access on the infected system to scan.
Comodo Cleaning Essentials
Comodo Cleaning Essentials is a set of portable antivirus tools
that will help you to detect and remove malware from an infected PC.
(DESKTOP http://www.comodo.com/ )
ESET SysInspector is a powerful, portable security tool that will inspect your system’s files, running processes, Registry keys and more, looking for and highlighting anything that could be a sign of malware.
(Makers of famous Eset NOD32 Antivirus – most awarded in history)
(DESKTOP http://www.eset.com/us/ )
Norman Malware Cleaner is an interesting portable antivirus tool which will scan your PC, detecting and removing any malware that it uncovers.
(DESKTOP http://www.norman.com/en-us )
The AVG Rescue CD is a portable environment that comes with a range of tools to help you clean up a virus-infected PC, fix hard drive problems, and get an unbootable system working again. This variant of the rescue CD is intended for installation on a USB flash drive. After downloading, you should extract the archive contents directly to the root folder of the USB drive you’d like to use. (If you don’t have a tool that can read RAR files, then try 7-ZIP).
CCleaner Portable is a compact version of CCleaner that you can store on a CD, USB flash drive, microSD, or even two floppy disks if you still use those.
(DESKTOP http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner )
Emsisoft Emergency USB Stick (Antivirus + Antispyware) [BUY]
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/stick/ (USB Drive / Installed)
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Personal Edition. Malware, adware and spyware removal and scanning. Plug in an run – It is that easy to clean an infected computer with the Emsisoft Emergency USB Stick!
How it works: The Emsisoft Emergency USB Stick contains two useful programs which can be used to scan and clean an infected computer
quickly without a required software installation
How to Make a Bootable Antivirus Cd
How to Make a Bootable Antivirus Disc This document will teach you how to make a bootable anti-malware ( bootable antivirus ) cd/dvd step-by-step. … This is the best free way to remove any piece of malware with a 100% success rate. Steps: … Get Free Ultimate Boot CD
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