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I've recently just built a computer for a friend since he insisted upon it but now I'm worried about him downloading tons of viruses. I was thinking of making his account have limited privileges and having an admin account and telling him not to use it unless absolutely necessary. I'm going to set him up with MSE and MalwareBytes and probably CCleaner too. I'll also being installing Firefox with Adblock Plus and removing IE so there's no temptation. Anyway I was just wondering if anyone knows any good way's to keep him from downloading a virus from the internet or more likely through email.

Thanks! wink.gif
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Sounds like your all set already. Viruses are found by user error mostly.

Prons and goofy emails/spam.
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Removing IE will likely break a lot of applications that depend on the IE library.

There's really nothing you can do if your user has completely no sense whatsoever, aside from telling him the basics, and then charging when he has virus problems (beer or cash, either works).
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is it really that easy to dl a virus?? ive never had any sort of virus protection on any of my computers and ive never had an issue.
    
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Originally Posted by microman;12502208 
is it really that easy to dl a virus?? ive never had any sort of virus protection on any of my computers and ive never had an issue.
That you know of.. rolleyes.gif
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is it really that easy to dl a virus?? ive never had any sort of virus protection on any of my computers and ive never had an issue.

Probably because you're sensible about what you click on and where you go on the internet.

I'm pretty sure when the average user sees one of these "download free RAM and speed your computer up" or "you're the 1000th viewer to our page" adverts they actually click them, resulting in a metric crap ton of malware and viruses.

OP you might want to consider installing the free version of Avast? It's an awesome antivirus, and the real-time shields should make sure he avoids anything harmful.
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block your emails and open one by 1 with anti-virus running
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Originally Posted by beers;12502190 
Removing IE will likely break a lot of applications that depend on the IE library.

There's really nothing you can do if your user has completely no sense whatsoever, aside from telling him the basics, and then charging when he has virus problems (beer or cash, either works).

I removed IE the day I built my computer and haven't had any ill side effects yet. I used the Windows option to do it so I have a feeling it leaves all the files and basically makes it inaccessible. And yeah, I'm fairly sure he gets 99% of his viruses from spam email or email from other computer "challenged" people that are infected.
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Originally Posted by microman;12502208 
is it really that easy to dl a virus?? ive never had any sort of virus protection on any of my computers and ive never had an issue.

If you're on the site then it's easy to avoid but obviously we aren't talking about a overclocker here.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by microman;12502208 
is it really that easy to dl a virus?? ive never had any sort of virus protection on any of my computers and ive never had an issue.

If you're smart and know what you're doing / what website you're on, it becomes increasingly difficult, you almost have to actively search for one.

Viruses plague the ignorant.
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At work we have all the PCs locked down to the point where users can't install applications, access system resources or the Control Panel.

They still get infected.
    
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