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post #1 of 54
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Lets assume that you just built a brand new computer (OS = Win7), what are your steps/programs to keep it "safe" ?

1. Stop looking at free pr0nz
2. ?

Is a firewall necessary ? Is the windows one sufficient?
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post #2 of 54
step one - don't use the internet!
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post #3 of 54
Get a good AV like MSE/Avast. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and yea keep away from pr0n and warez.
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post #4 of 54
Microsoft Security Essentials / AVG Free + Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
    
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post #5 of 54
dont use an av and be smart. ccleaner ftw.
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post #6 of 54
Use Deep Freeze. Install from the start ( when you have nothing on your computer except the OS ).
    
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Intel Pentium E5400 G31TM-P31 (MS-7529) NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Kingston (generic 6-6-6-18 @ 400mhz) 
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Seagate 250GB (ST3250318AS) Liteon CD/DVD-RW x22 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Ubuntu 10.10 x86 / Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Dual-... 
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Intel Pentium E5400 G31TM-P31 (MS-7529) NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Kingston (generic 6-6-6-18 @ 400mhz) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate 250GB (ST3250318AS) Liteon CD/DVD-RW x22 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Ubuntu 10.10 x86 / Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Dual-... 
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Acer X193HQ Genius KB 110 Corsair HX450 Something Generic 
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post #7 of 54
common sense
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post #8 of 54
unplug it and put it in a secure safe. I'm running the latest norton with 10 min updates and i've not got anything yet, but just because norton doesn't find anything doesn't mean theres nothing there, best thing you can do is use common sense.

windows firewall isn't great but it'll do, also get AVG which is free.
Make sure you stay away from dodgey downloads e.g. torrents, p0rn etc.
don't open e-mail attachments unless you know who's sent it you and it's legit.

I went for about 2 years without a AV and i was fine till my wife started using my computer then it all went downhill.
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post #10 of 54
Oh yeah, also, do NOT install iTunes, it will mess your PC up.
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1TB + 250GBx2 Elby Clonedrive SCSI Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Fujitsu LSL3230T (upgrade soon I hope) 
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1TB + 250GBx2 Elby Clonedrive SCSI Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Fujitsu LSL3230T (upgrade soon I hope) 
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