I've currently got the following installed:
Symantec AV 126.96.36.1991
Trojan Remover (trial)
Popup Blocker (installed w/ AShampoo WinOptimizer)
I briefly installed Proximatron and I liked how it killed banner ads -- especially the movement -- but it kinda felt like it took all of the fun out of the web. I was unable to show my wife a hysterical British TV ad I'd received as long as I had it installed -- not for the easily offended.
Is the stuff listed above enough to keep out worms, trojans and keyloggers? Do I need to suck it up and reinstall Proximatron (and learn how to customize it to a lower security setting than the lowest provided with the program) or maybe WormGuard, DNSKong, DSO Stop, HTA Stop, Unplug 'n' Pray, Shoot the Messenger, etc. (see Sponge's Checklist)? Some of the advice I've seen seems extreme, but maybe I'm just naive. Do these all of the above programs and share lists of malware in their updates? Or do you need to have each of these programs installed (or some other ones) to get full coverage? Any opinions on these subjects would be warmly welcomed.
While I'm asking, are there any decent backup utility programs and/or utilities suites that are (1) preferably freeware and (2) suitable for a novice to intermediate user. I've run OneClick Optimization Utility on AShampoo's WinOptimizer Platinum, but boy did that thing knock out a lot of .dll files. I'm waiting to see if any of my programs stop running before trying to decide whether it's worth buying. On the other hand, maybe it is too dangerous for someone like myself to even be fiddling with temp files, dll's and registries.
Thanks for all the great info posted around this forum. This is quite an impressive community. Cheers.
Edited by TheSentinel, 22 April 2010 - 05:54 PM.
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