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Good day Kevin. Thank you for the welwishes. Windows has now been freshly installed on my pc, but i still have to install all 3rd party apps. (Not sure though whether windows security is sufficient or should i go with another. (Unfortunately i have to go with free versions as this lockdown has also placed restrictions on the backpocket). Regards

Worrier. 

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Hiya Worrier,

I can give you my security setup, all is free except for Malwarebytes. I do not work for these guys but I would still recommend paying for the premium version. I`ve never had any trouble with any infections, malware, ransomware, hijacks etc....

Malwarebytes have an extension for Chrome and Firefox, I highly recommend this extension. Also is free so well worth installing:

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/2018/01/new-chrome-and-firefox-extensions-block-their-removal-to-hijack-browsers/

Windows own Firewall - http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-configure-windows-7-firewall (is marked as 7 but also refers to 10 also)

Windows Defender - https://www.howtogeek.com/220232/how-to-use-the-built-in-windows-defender-antivirus-on-windows-10/

Malwarebytes Premium - https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium/ Works very well with Defender or MSE.. Obviously the paid for version is required for realtime protection.

UnChecky - https://unchecky.com/ helps to stop unwanted extras when installing certain free software..

Panda USB Vaccine - https://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/downloads/usbvaccine/ Protectes your system when USB devices are plugged in...

uBlock Origin for my Browsers: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en

All the above are free except for Malwarebytes Premium.....

Not sure if you`ve heard of software by AOMEI, I use the pro versions. One of two freeware versions I recommend for you is Aomei One Key Recovery, the free version is more than adequate. Its a fully automated service that creates its own hidden Recovery Partition that is available at Boot. The partition holds a full image backup of your C:\ Drive, so if you have major problems you can revert back to that image by selecting the chosen key at boot.

https://www.aomeitech.com/onekey-recovery.html

The second one is Aomei Backupper Standard, again free version is more than adequate for you. Make sure to read up on these programs at Manf Website before installing and using...

https://www.aomeitech.com/ab/standard.html
 
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Kevin..
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Kevin. Hi Kevin. I will difinately look at following your advice. Thanx again for all your help and patience. 

I see with Panda USB Protection it forms part of free antivirus.... Do you thes sugest I Rather go that route? 

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Apologies Worrier, the Panda link did go straight to an application specific to USB protection, now it seems to have been changed to push their AV protection. I cannot really advise that you use that option as I`ve never used it myself.

Bleeping Computers still have an active link for Panda USB vaccine: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/panda-usb-vaccine/

Regards,

Kevin...

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Glad we could help.

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