Is there any method of full security for computer against viruses for windows

@raghwagh (1528)
India
January 18, 2007 7:52am CST
I am currently using Windows XP firewall and Zone Alarm Firewall for securing my PC.Also I have Norton AV.Even I have turned on the pop blcker.Even with this I had a spyware installed on my PC.I removed this spyware using SpyBot. But is there a solution by which no virus or spyware can attack the computer.If available please tell me.I will be thankfull to you.
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13 responses
• India
19 Jan 07
NO .. I don't think there is 100% security in any thing. especially Windows.. If you want to switch to more secure operating System .. switch to Linux. Also .. if in windows.. Install a good Antivirus like EZ Etrust .. (Computer Associates) or Zone alarm.. A Good spyware like Xoft Spy.. and Windows firewall would do !! But .. hackers can find loopholes in that too!
• India
22 Jan 07
Thanks man for selecting this topic for The BEST response.. It always feels good if you get best response ! Adding you as a friend !
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@raghwagh (1528)
• India
23 Jan 07
I am using ZoneAlarm, but then also one spyware had got installed on my PC.I removed it.So I am searching for more secure solution.
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• India
23 Jan 07
See dude !! . I used Zone alarm .. but it kinda slowed down my PC .. So I switched to Ez etrust CA antivirus .. If you want I can give it you .. You need to understand .. that Virus and Spyware are two different things .. For complete spyware protection switch to Xoft spy .. www.paretologic.com .. Hope this helps !
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@usman400 (1588)
• Pakistan
18 Jan 07
All computer related persons recommend three things: Anti virus, Firewall, Anti spyware So in my view too, its all u have to do for your pc security, but dont think that this ensures 100% security, because hackers too develop new techinques and ways to get through these softwares, even I have heared that antivirus software companies themselves make new viruses to test their product and for monoply purposes, I have norton corporate 10, Blac Ice fire wall, and antispyware I am happy with it by I keep in back of my mind that no solution is 100%
@raghwagh (1528)
• India
23 Jan 07
Thanks for the information.But I was in search of some software which will restrict any unknown script to be run on my pc.I think it will enshure near to 100% security.What do you think.
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Try this one Deep Freeze( http://www.faronics.com ) tried and tested..i am current using this software.. Deep Freeze instantly protects and preserves baseline computer configurations. No matter what changes a user makes to a workstation, simply restart to eradicate all changes and reset the computer to its original state - right down to the last byte. Expensive computer assets are kept running at 100% capacity and technical support time is reduced or eliminated completely. The result is consistent trouble-free computing on a truly protected and parallel network, completely free of harmful viruses and unwanted programs. While Deep Freeze provides bulletproof protection, its non-restrictive approach also improves user productivity and satisfaction. Placing no restrictions on a user's ability to access all system resources, users avoid the frustration of downtime due to software conflicts, operating system corruption, virus attacks, and many other problems.
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@raghwagh (1528)
• India
23 Jan 07
Thanks for the information.But once I had installed one instant recovery software.But my PC got attacked with one such virus which cleaned my partition, thus all data was lost amd my PC was like a new on with blank harddisk.So what can we do with such viruses.
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@santuccie (3375)
• United States
8 May 07
Ouch! That's seriously hurt, to have your drive wiped out. I've heard of viruses that blast the MBR, but I've never seen an instance of it myself. Most of today's malware consist of mutated Trojans. Actually, they're part worm, part Trojan, part virus, and sometimes part rootkit. There are still traditional viruses out there, designed purely out of hate or desire to "turn heads." But most threats are designed not with the intention of destroying your machine completely, but gaining control of it and using it to make money. Most of today's blended attacks will overwrite files in your system32 folder. When they do this, System Restore is foiled. Restore points keep track of the index and settings; they don't do anything about the actual binary data which comprises the files. You need a dedicated drive imaging program for that (I use Acronis). The key is proactive security, rather than reactive. You can't afford to get hit so much as one time these days. At minimum, you need a firewall that includes IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems). As you might know, most of the attacks you run into these days are drive-by attacks, which will probably continue to grow in prevalence since web rating tools like SiteAdvisor (and Cloudmark, once upon a time) are doing such a good job at steering more and more people away from fraudulent sites. A few firewalls I trust for defense against most online exploits are BlackICE, Kerio, and AOL (I find McAfee Personal Firewall Express much less "constrictive" than Personal Firewall Plus). There are others, I'm sure, but these are the only ones that have stood up to everything I've encountered. And although I haven't actually witnessed ZoneAlarm Pro fall to attack personally, two of my friends did call me to save their machines back in October when SQL Slammer and StackBot brought an estimated 11% of the world's computers to their knees with IRC Flood. Beyond your IPS firewall, how much more defense you need depends on what you do online. I don't download much these days, but I've found that I tend to mess around much less when I put up enough shields to make it an inconvenience. Arovax Shield automatically blocks changes to the registry and system settings, while Folder Guard locks the system32 folder to ROM. I can disable them if I really want to install something, but it's a bit of a pain to go through all the motions. If you're a download junkie, but you're unsure of some of the things you download, you might want to use a sandbox or virtualization program. One of the best is DefenseWall, which includes a HIPS unit. But if you don't want to pay money, you might go with Sandboxie instead. Hope this helps!
@amritms (64)
• Nepal
7 May 07
There is no solution to the block the attackers, viruses and spyware permanently. you can try and hope that they don't affect your computer, by using different tools you should frequently update the utilities you use to stop such things. I suggest you should switch your Antivirus to McAfee Enterprise edition.
• India
3 May 07
You are two firewall protection.Those programs will fight to get the control of the gates of your computer.At that time a malicious program can get into your computer easily.No firewall can secure your computer completely,because when a new firewall that can block all malicious program was about to created,at that instant a malicious program that can cross that firewall will be discovered
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@cudgel (216)
• Nigeria
1 May 07
the ans to your question is Yes and No alternative why, i will simply say that your computer is only security save if you are not on the internet. In this case there is no means of being afraid of virus infections but its No if your PC is connected to the internet. all u could only do in this case is to have up to date antivirus program which will enable u to eliminate those "flors" or infecting codes. thanx
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@santuccie (3375)
• United States
8 May 07
There is no such thing as "full" security, although you can get pretty close to it. As long as code can be decompiled, vulnerabilities will be sought and exploited. In addition, tough software (and even hardware) security infrastructures can be overcome by assembling an army of bots large enough to produce more traffic than they are capable of filtering. Rarely would anything like this happen to a home user, but understand it can potentially be done. Intermediate users will often suggest you switch browsers or operating systems, because they simply don't know enough about security to stay ahead of the bad guys. Eventually, they throw up their hands and "concede" that obscurity is the only solution. I have two major problems with this "solution": 1) People who depend on obscurity are actually depending on the choices of other people. This is a time-limited solution. At any time, a big mistake on the part of MS could spur a mass migration to Mac or Linux, and it's only a matter of time before the hackers follow. 2) When you move away from the de facto standard, it's a tradeoff of functionality for security. I am a tech, an intuitionist, and a territorial young man. I like the fact that I can make a Windows PC do almost anything, and I am not willing to sacrifice this functionality in the name of security. Even so, I am even less willing to accept my machine being controlled by a third party without my consent. I have a hard enough time humbling myself before authority; I am a passionately haughty spirit against anyone who tries to pull an unauthorized intrusion on me or anything that is mine. I use AOL Safety and Security Center, Arovax Shield, and Folder Guard. The first two are free. Between them, I have near-perfect protection against compromise of my PC. The IPS firewall by itself blocks known exploits, and if a new exploit is discovered and launched before my firewall is updated, both my registry and system directories are set to read-only, by two different programs that both run in stealth mode like rootkits. My security apparatus yields perfect scores across the board in PC Security Test 2006. Check it out: http://www.mylot.com/w/image/1488078.aspx I use Windows XP and Internet Explorer version 6. No one touches me. ;)
@cudgel (216)
• Nigeria
31 May 07
wellcome santu, no one touches you because you are a PC guru. what are the steps to be taking by those of us who are nothin in terms of security issues
@santuccie (3375)
• United States
1 Jun 07
That's a very valid question. Unfortuantely, average Windows users really can't do much about it. That's why 90% of online Windows PCs will be compromised at least once, and usually much more than once. This is why you want a guru on your side. :) To be honest with you, AOL S&SC by itself can protect you from online exploits. The key element in this suite is the IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems) in the McAfee firewall. If you open files on your machine that you're not sure of, however, you expose yourself to far greater risk.
@aelyus (635)
• Romania
22 Jan 07
yes, not connect your pc to internet, not use CD/DVD/Floppy or other devices, and maybe, do not open your pc:). Nothing is secure. Did you know that exista virus even for Windows Vista, although Vista wasn't released yet?:) it is called NADOM :)
@raghwagh (1528)
• India
23 Jan 07
But without using the accessories how can a person work?
• Canada
21 Jan 07
There is no 100% way for security, since there are always some people who can create ways to try to attack in. But there are some thing you can do to prevent. 1. Be aware of the sites you visit 2. Install security programs, both Anti-virus and Anti-Spywares, and keep them update 3. Run scan frequently to keep your computer clean
@raghwagh (1528)
• India
23 Jan 07
Thanks for the guidance for securing PC.I am following these.
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@mlss234 (40)
• Malaysia
31 May 07
I will recommend to use AVG antivirus it really help alot or not u can also use Doctor Spyware one of the best spyware remover hehe other hand don't download unnecessary stuff to cause those virus
@jan135 (537)
• Australia
5 Feb 07
I don't think you can ever be sure you are not going to get a virus or spyware especially if you go into alot of different sites. I had a problem with spyware as I kept getting pop-ups even though my pop-up blocker was on. If you ever get the same problem or keep getting booted off like a friend of mine try www.superadblocker.com this solved my problem and my friends. Its a 15 day free trial so just do the scan and you will be suprised how much rubbish is on your comp.
@Mikaelo (191)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
All things that are man-made have it's flaws. So you can't expect FULL Security of your computer. The ones who claim that they are the BEST...in the end they always fail. Man's nature is to discover more, we are being challenged everyday. If there is a new application which claims that it could make your system 100% secured against viruses, hackers will definitely find a way to by-pass the security. They would always prove that the other is wrong... That's why in my opinion, there could be literally no FULL Security for your computer...what you could do though is to be more responsible with your files in order to avoid computer viruses. But then, it's just my opinion... (^_^)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I doubt if anything is 100% foolproof. Hackers are too shrewd. Just have antivirus, anti-adware and anti-spyware programs (and use them). And a firewall. I don't know if one brand is better than another. I have Norton AV and Adaware. I have Spysweeper, but a new upgrade last summer started slowing my computer waaay down, so I disable it whenever I'm surfing. I won't be renewing them when the subscription runs out. Good luck.