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Hi all,

I'm looking for a bit of advice on how to guard against spyware and malware.

Lately I've been getting some funny occurences on my pc.

Eg. My taskbar totally reset itself and all my setting and shortcuts on it were lost, but everything else seemed to work fine!

I have Avast Antinirus, Spyboy S&D and LavaSoft Ad-Aware 2007 (all free versions). แทงบอลสเต็ป2

I find that lately need malware have gotten into my system and its a bit scary. Things like Aureate, Tracking Cookie and MRU Objects, but lately its been new stuff like Virtumonde and AstaKiller.

Can someone recoomend a good program (preferably free) to guard against such nasties?

I am running on Windows XP SP2, with no firewall currently activated.
Help would be greatly appreciated.

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 1.fresh install windows xp and programs

2.free security : https://www.malwarebytes.com/

2. optional adon :https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/  + https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/malwarebytes/

3.free backup/restore : https://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html

4.MAKE SYSTEM BACKUP NOW + CREATE EMERGENCY DISC/EASEUS

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1 hour ago, pom88 said:

Hi all,

I'm looking for a bit of advice on how to guard against spyware and malware.

Lately I've been getting some funny occurences on my pc.

Eg. My taskbar totally reset itself and all my setting and shortcuts on it were lost, but everything else seemed to work fine!

I have Avast Antinirus, Spyboy S&D and LavaSoft Ad-Aware 2007 (all free versions). แทงบอลสเต็ป2

I find that lately need malware have gotten into my system and its a bit scary. Things like Aureate, Tracking Cookie and MRU Objects, but lately its been new stuff like Virtumonde and AstaKiller.

Can someone recoomend a good program (preferably free) to guard against such nasties?

I am running on Windows XP SP2, with no firewall currently activated.
Help would be greatly appreciated.

 1.fresh install windows xp and programs

2.free security : https://www.malwarebytes.com/

2. optional adon :https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/  + https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/malwarebytes/

3.free backup/restore : https://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html

4.MAKE SYSTEM BACKUP NOW + CREATE EMERGENCY DISC/EASEUS

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I am running on Windows XP SP2, with no firewall currently activated.

Not only are you running an outdated and vulnerable OS, that isn't supported anymore, but you aren't even running the latest SP for it (which is SP3), so I would start by doing that.

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I have Avast Antinirus, Spyboy S&D and LavaSoft Ad-Aware 2007 (all free versions). แทงบอลสเต็ป2

You should never have more than one Antivirus installed on a system at a time. As this can cause system instability and conflict. You should keep either Avast! or Lavasoft, but not both. Personally, I would keep Avast.

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Can someone recoomend a good program (preferably free) to guard against such nasties?

If you can get infected this easily, there's no program that will be able to protect you against these, assuming you allow these infections to go through. Are you downloading, installing, etc. a lot of files/programs from the web?

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2.free security : https://www.malwarebytes.com/

Malwarebytes Free doesn't provide real-time protection, only Premium does.

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24 minutes ago, gigiadi said:

 

 1.fresh install windows xp and programs

2.free security : https://www.malwarebytes.com/

2. optional adon :https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/  + https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/malwarebytes/

3.free backup/restore : https://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html

4.MAKE SYSTEM BACKUP NOW + CREATE EMERGENCY DISC/EASEUS

REASONS WHY RECOMEND THIS  :

windows xp /PC don t have moore than  1gb RAM memory / 1or 2 core CPU , no resources

and then no recomend use of antivirus ,maybe just one antivirus/antimalware scaner ,not  real time protection

and  recomend full  SYSTEM BACKUP /RESTORE becouse of 15 MINUTES DURATION OF RESTORE PROCESS  and result clean PC.

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On 1/17/2018 at 4:59 AM, pom88 said:

I am running on Windows XP SP2, with no firewall currently activated.

:blink: It is scary enough you are still running XP. More scary you are only at SP2. And scarier still XP's firewall is disabled since it was enabled by default starting with XP SP2.  Even though the Windows Firewall way back in XP was a rudimentary inbound-only firewall, it was much much better than using no firewall at all.

XP SP2 came out in 2004. SP3 was released in 2008 and that was the last major update for XP. All support for XP ended in 2014. This means Microsoft stopped fixing bugs and most importantly stopped developing security patches and updates 4 years ago.

The bottom line is there is no way you can set up effective, reliable and dependable security on this system, even if you did update to SP3 and re-enable your firewall. :(

But the bigger problem is not just that you and your computer are exposed to security threats. The bigger problem is bad guys are actively seeking out XP systems to compromise then turn into weapons to attack the rest of us! :( They actively seek out XP systems to infect and use them to distribute their malware and spam, and to draft into their "bot armies" to use in DDoS attacks to attack institutions and organizations.

These bad guys are very clever! They insert this cleverly written malicious software on vulnerable computers, then remotely use that computer to attack the rest of us, but in such a way  you, as the computer's user, don't even know your computer is infected or involved in conducting such attacks. Much of this malware is cleverly designed to be as unobtrusive as possible so users don't notice any performance issues at all. In this way, the bad guys can use your one machine to attacks 100s and 1000s of other machines - without you being aware anything malicious is going on.

More and more security vendors and other software providers have ended development and support for XP, or will soon. Google Chrome ended support awhile ago. Mozilla ended mainstream support for XP last year and all Firefox supports ends in June.

I totally understand the resistance to upgrade when something still runs like it always did. That is especially true when it comes to electronics - as it often just refuses to die. But there is a difference between still running and still meeting our needs. The computing environment has changed. It is no longer good enough for our computers to just keep running. They must also evolve so they can continue to protect us from today's "current" and tomorrow's future security threats. XP can't do that. You may not be infected today, but there is no way to ensure you won't be tomorrow.

But there are alternatives, even for those on tight budgets.

Linux is free and a very capable alternative that runs on just about any computer. It can still be secured even on legacy (old and obsolete) hardware.

Used/refurbished computers can be had very inexpensively. For example, for just $150, you can get a refurbished laptop that comes with the latest and most secure version of Windows. There are dozens of other models under $200. All come at least a 90 warranty with affordable service plans for additional 2 years.

They have dozens of affordable desktop options too.

These computers may not be the quickest but they most likely will run circles around your current XP system while at the same time, keeping you and the rest of us secure. And since they come with Windows 10, they will continue to evolve to stay secure and to meet future threats too.

Your only other option to ensure you and others on the Internet remain safe is to disconnect that computer from the Internet. But then you lose your connections to the world. :(

Sorry, but that's just the painful truth. It is time to replace that computer.

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10 minutes ago, Digerati said:

Sorry, but that's just the painful truth. It is time to replace that computer.

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Malwarebytes has a free version for anti-malware that I would recommend you to use. If you need the premium features and run on multiple devices, they have package starting from $39 (around that, I don't remember the exact number). There is other good software such as Avira, Avast, you can have a look. However for me, it's best is to arm yourselves with more knowledge about malware before choosing your provider, including malware types, how to recognize them and what to do when they attack. I believe you then can push the software to its best performance. Hope it helps! 

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