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post #11 of 55
If someone doesn't know about computers using some of those addons will really deteriorate their experience. Some of them are really good, but the only ones that are really user friendly enough for basic users are WOT and AdBlock with Malware Domains list.
Edited by lucido - 4/28/11 at 12:07pm
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even having a limited user account could still infect the entire system. The only way to truly isolate any potential infection would to have a separate Virtual instance. In the event that virtual instance became compromised, blow it away and stand up a new VM.
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post #13 of 55
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even having a limited user account could still infect the entire system. The only way to truly isolate any potential infection would to have a separate Virtual instance. In the event that virtual instance became compromised, blow it away and stand up a new VM.
That's an ideal situation, however, when someone doesn't know about computers using virtual instances can be too much. Personally I would just do a LUA and Applocker over virtualizing/sandboxing.

I suspect however that avast, WOT, NortonDNS, Malwarebytes Pro, and AdBlock with malware domains would be more than enough for his wife.
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post #14 of 55
If you are virtualizing your OS for surfing, you probably know enough to avoid 99% of virus attacks.

While that is optimal, I absolutely second getting her set up on a limited user account. A properly set up adblock, noscript and resident AV should do you fine.

If the user is prone to clicky click everything and install software at will, nothing will help. Bad habits make for infected computers, not necessarily having a weak AV, etc. I've been running a resident AV with no antispyware, etc and I've gotten one (totally avoidable) infection in over 5 years.

I used MalwareBytes to clean what Avira didn't catch that one time, and switched to Avast!
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post #15 of 55
put a condom around the male LAN connection and shove it in the female part
best firewall ever, not even AIDS can get into it (there is a picture of it )

OT: get Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 (30-day free trial)
post #16 of 55
There are only 2 things I hold true with computers

How do you keep your computer from becoming Broken and or unusable

...Never turn it on

How do you stop viruses forever?

Never go on the internet/connect computer to a network or use removable media...This kind of ruins the experience...but it sure as hell works
post #17 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by NitroNarcosis View Post

How do you stop viruses forever?
Get a mac ...
post #18 of 55
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Originally Posted by quipers View Post
Get a mac ...
Considering that Apple has been the first to fall in PWN2OWN how many times now?

Hey, pleas promote your Apple products...this way they become more popular...and then there are more bought, and then...you get viruses and spy ware like crazy...

It's not your superiority that saves you from these infections...

It's your lack of saturation.

Nuff Said
post #19 of 55
Ok, I REALLY need to correct a few things. Many people that have responded are obviously not specializing in security. Any antivirus will fall whim to a piece of malware that you INSTALL. It's not like it's a fly-by attack, it's something that you download the .exe and install. Nod32 is by far the best AV out there, and people are recommend you switch to Kaspersky? Wow.
Best bet, get a sandbox software, and have all browsing done in the sandbox. Too much of a hassle?
Make a guest account. Everyone but you will use the guest account. That will prevent those malware that need to be installed fairly well...
If you want something REALLY top notch:

Using Virtual Box create a virtual windows desktop. In that virtual windows desktop, when installing, alot only a minimal amount of space (only to be used for browsing after all). Then install browsers followed by installing all plugins and garbage you want, such as adobe, etc. I recommend firefox with Noscript and AbBlock. Or Chrome. Basically just not IE.
Once you have that setup, get a sandbox software, and install it. Then, install your AV (yes, Nod32, and since it's a VM, it shouldnt take up one of your three licences because it's on the same PC... sorta roundabout way around the Eula but hey). After taht, install malwarebytes. There you have it, you have a virtual machine meant just for browsing that is super secure and super easy to keep safe.

Of course, you use that in tandem with them being logged into a Guest account, and there's only one other thing I can suggest.

If that's STILL not secure enough, install DeepFreeze. It basically only allows programs to be installed to a virtual disk, or ram (don't know the full mechanics but you get the idea) and then anything installed is not actually installed. Everything is GONE once you restart. Then you can disable deep freeze, restart, and do all updates, then re-enable DeepFreeze, restart, and you have all your updates. Super easy to maintain.

And please people, if you don't know, don't just say "install this AV because I haven't heard of yours".

Also, if you plan on posting "just dont use hte intrnet" (typos for effect) why did you bother posting at all? He's legit looking for help and you're just trolling. Go to 4chan.
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post #20 of 55
I am trying to understand how we went from...

This is my wife...she is not super awesome computer savvy...I want the best software I can get for a single user instance with little to no hassle...

To...

Obviously the previous posters are not masterminds of the security industry and you need to use these hardcore programs and lock down the machine like fort knox, that way when you actually want to install a real program its a HUGE PITA!..

Honestly I started out working as a basic computer repair guy...I know how to get rid of and avoid the bad stuff...We all know it comes easy to the ones who are engrossed in this kind of technology on a daily basis or have grown up using computers.

I am a security engineer now...but I sure as heck would not propose such an insane configuration for someone implementing preventative measures on a spouses workstation for home use.

Unless of course it's for business.

We appreciate your insight, I found it very informative and well thought out, but please read and understand the OP situation before flaming us for being on topic.
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