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In addition to Pedro's comments...


It's really getting to the point that protecting a PC is a daily task. Applying all of the updates to apps, AVs and other security products should be on everyone's daily tasks list. Yes, automating the upgrades works most of the times but not always and should be verified. A quick way of verification is Qualys Browser Check, it'll check the versions for the usual "suspects" and alerts you, if update is available.


Antivirus can no longer protect the system on its own and as such, augmentation is a must. In addition to the great MBAE, both EMET and WinPatrol should be installed. All three of these protections can be installed as free and their default configurations will probably work in all Windows systems. With all the security programs in place, you have a much better chance of not getting infected by a malware. It's still not 100% protection, but it is pretty good for free.


Logging in to Windows, any versions, with Adminstrator level access right will render these security programs pretty much useless. Utilizing a standard user account to logging on would go a long way to help the security programs, quote:



Of the 240 vulnerabilities in 2014 with a Critical rating, 97% were concluded to be mitigated by removing administrator rights




If that doesn't convice you not to log in to Windows with an admin account, nothing will...

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