SpyWare BeWare!

General => Tests, etc. => Topic started by: MrCharlie on August 22, 2014, 05:30:53 PM

Title: PM test
Post by: MrCharlie on August 22, 2014, 05:30:53 PM
My Preventive Maintenance: Now that the system is clean.


Delete your system restore files and create a new restore point:
(you may have already done this)

Create new system restore point for Vista and W7 (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/create-a-restore-point-for-windows-vistas-system-restore/)

Create new system restore point for Windows XP (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/using-system-restore-in-xp/)

Create new system restore point for W8 (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-8-system-restore-guide/)

Clear old system restore points except for the last one (http://www.winxptutor.com/srclear.htm)


If you have used ComboFix and have the XP Recovery Console installed I suggest you keep it on your XP system.
Here's a Tweak (http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=273470&view=findpost&p=1800871) so the computer boots up faster with it.
If you would like to uninstall the Recovery Console, please let me know and I'll give you instructions to do so.


Install all critical Windows Updates:
Visit Windows Update and install all the lastest critical updates.


Optional programs you may need:

Please note:  DON'T download and install any scanner listed on THIS LIST (http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#products).
They're scanners that are blacklisted because of their questionable reputation.

Note: Please only install one anti-virus program, one firewall and one anti-malware program that provides real-time protection.
Windows Defender:
I see a lot of people leave  enabled even though they have another anti-virus program installed and running on the system.
Having two anti-virus programs running on a system only causes poor performance, conflicts and spotty protection.
How to Disable Defender (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15788/how-to-uninstall-disable-and-remove-windows-defender.-also-how-turn-it-off/)
Dangers of running 2 anti-virus programs (http://blog.kaspersky.com/multiple-antivirus-programs-bad-idea/)

A good security plan:
An anti-virus program, a firewall (For XP) - (Vista and Windows 7 firewalls are OK), an anti-malware program that provides realtime protection, keep the registry backed up (mainly for XP), and install the Windows XP Recovery Console.

What do I use and recommend: (I'm using XP pro)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro (provides realtime protection)
Microsoft Security Essentials (anti-virus)
PC Tools firewall (for XP)... (Vista and W7 firewalls are OK)
Google Chrome
Keep the registry backed up
XP Recovery Console
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit
HitmanPro's CryptoGuard

Links below:
Anti-Virus (free):
Avast Free (http://www.avast.com/security-software-home-office)
AntiVir (http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus)
Microsoft Security Essentials (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/security-essentials-download)
AVG (http://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download)

Anti-malware with "real-time protection" (free):
Microsoft Security Essentials (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/security-essentials-download)
Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.com/)
SuperAntiSpyware Pro (http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefreevspro.html) and Malwarebytes Pro Anti-Malware (http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php)
will provide "real time protection" only if you purchase the upgraded version.

List of security softwares (http://en.kioskea.net/faq/30200-list-of-security-softwares)
Also HERE (http://users.telenet.be/bluepatchy/miekiemoes/Links.html#AntiVirus)

I highly recommend that you purchase MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, it provides excellent protection and you won't regret it.  Read more HERE (http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php)

PC Tools Firewall Plus (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Firewall/PC-Tools-Firewall-Plus.shtml)
Comodo Free Firewall w/anti-virus (http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/free-download.html)
ZoneAlarm*free (http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/free-upgrade-security-suite-zonealarm-firewall.htm)

Free malware removal programs:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (http://www.majorgeeks.com/Malwarebytes_Anti-Malware_d5756.html)
SUPERAntiSpyware (free edition) (http://www.superantispyware.com/index.html)
Dr.Web CureIt! Utility (Free) (http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/?lng=en)
VIPRE Rescue Program (http://live.sunbeltsoftware.com/)
Microsoft Security Essentials (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/security-essentials-download)
SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner (http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html)
Free ESET Online Scanner (http://www.eset.eu/eset-online-scanner)
Microsoft Safety Scanner (http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx)

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (http://www.zerovulnerabilitylabs.com/)
It protects all major browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera) and all browser components such as Java, Adobe Reader, Flash, and Shockwave. It blocks standard exploit kits like Blackhole, Sakura, Phoenix, Incognito without requiring signature updates.

HitmanPro's CryptoGuard (http://www.surfright.nl/en/cryptoguard) is a universal solution against crypto ransomware. This type of ransomware encrypts your personal files and demands a ransom fee to be paid in order to regain access to your files. Read more....

CryptoPrevent Tool (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptolocker-ransomware-information#prevent)
Protect Your Computer From CryptoLocker Ransomware
This malware will lock up your computer and hold it for ransom.....use the tool

AdwCleaner (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/) is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.  

SpywareBlaster (http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html) Prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software! Simple, effective, trusted.

Windows XP Recovery Console:
If a Windows XP-based computer does not start correctly or if it does not start at all, you may be able to use the Windows XP Recovery Console (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial117.html) to help you recover the system software.
Recovery Console Tweak (http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=273470&view=findpost&p=1800871) if you do have it installed

Back-up the registry: (everyday > important on XP)
ERUNT tutorial (http://forums.whatthetech.com/index.php?showtopic=92988)

Keep those temp files off your system:
CCleaner (free) (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner) (Stay away from the registry cleaner and any registry cleaner as they do no good!)
CCleaner tutorial (http://www.howtogeek.com/113382/how-to-use-ccleaner-like-a-pro-9-tips-tricks/)
TFC (Temp File Cleaner) (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tfc/)

Sun Java:
Keep your Sun Java up-to-date  JRE Version **
Older versions are vulnerable to malware!
Delete ALL old versions from add/remove programs if listed first!
Most people have older versions installed on their system, once you get them cleared off > install the newest version and from then on all you have to do is go to Java in your control panel and click on update or just set Java to automatically check for updates.
Check HERE (http://forums.whatthetech.com/index.php?showtopic=68632) for all the information on the process.

Please consider using Foxit Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/) instead of  Adobe Reader. Foxit Reader is less vulnerable to malware.

Keep your installed applications up-to-date!
Latest versions of Java (http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp), Adobe Flash Player (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/) and Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/)

Please consider using Google Chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome) or FireFox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/)  instead of Internet Explorer. They're more secure browsers!

Use OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com/), a very valuable feature that gives your PC the benefit of extra safety and increased browser speed.
OpenDNS What is OpenDNS and Why You Absolutely Need It (http://www.labnol.org/internet/tools/opendsn-what-is-opendns-why-required-2/2587/)
Switching to a Better DNS Provider (http://www.howtogeek.com/164981/how-to-switch-to-opendns-or-google-dns-to-speed-up-web-browsing/)
Easy set-up Here (
Confirm you're using OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com/welcome/)

Install WOT (http://www.mywot.com/) (Web of Trust)
The WOT add-on shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users' experiences.
Our safe surfing browser tool is easy-to-use, fast and completely free. Install it now!

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File "MVPS HOSTS" (http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm)

Block tracking cookies:
Do Not Track Plus (http://abine.com/dntdetail.php)

Removes those tracking cookies > Cookienator (http://www.codefromthe70s.org/cookienator.aspx), run it once a week.

Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine (http://research.pandasecurity.com/Panda-USB-and-AutoRun-Vaccine/)

All the tutorials you'll ever need (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/)

Useful information:

F.B. Purity (http://www.fbpurity.com/) - Clean Up and Customize Facebook

How to Avoid Toolbars, Unwanted Software and Other Installer Tricks (http://www.geekstogo.com/2797/avoid-toolbars-unwanted-software-installer-tricks/)

Reduce Online Fraud (http://forum.malwareremoval.com/viewtopic.php?t=20190)

Slow Computer - Check Here (http://users.telenet.be/bluepatchy/miekiemoes/slowcomputer.html)
and HERE (http://www.malwareremoval.com/tutorials/runningslowly.php)

Is your hard drive running a well as it should? (http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=117614)

Startuplite (http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/startuplite/)  provides a safe, easy, and efficient way to eliminate unnecessary applications that start when you turn on your computer.

Microsoft Fix it Center (http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/) Fix those annoying Windows problems

How to Prevent the Online Invasion of Spyware and Adware  (http://www.internetworldstats.com/articles/art053.htm)

Miekiemoes Prevention Tips (http://users.telenet.be/bluepatchy/miekiemoes/prevention.html)

Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/)

Three more sites to check: How did I get infected??
G2G (http://www.geekstogo.com/how-did-i-get-infected-in-the-first-place/)
BleepingComputer (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html)
Tony Klein (http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php?/topic/60955-so-how-did-i-get-infected-in-the-first-place/)

Some of  My Tips:
Don't open e-mail attachments without first scanning them with an up-to-date anti virus program, even after doing that I would be very careful.
Don't click on any executables in e-mails or any other links that you're not sure of.
Don't believe e-mails from your bank, financial institution, etc asking for personal informations - they're most likely fraudulent no matter how authentic they look.
Don't download any  kind of Video Codec when prompted to while watching a movie...it's most likely malware.
Watch your surfing habits, don't click on or download anything you're not sure of.
Don't install a program that hasn't been recommended by a reputable organization.
Don't install toolbars.
If you suddenly get a pop-up or notice that you need to update a program > don't believe it > it may be malware attempting to gain access to your computer. If you what to check for an update , use the program itself > there should be an update tab or button to click on.
Watch what and where you download free programs/apps from, most of them are packed with adware that will be installed along with the program. Do a careful Google search first and/or upload the installer you download to VirusTotal (https://www.virustotal.com/) for a free scan. Note the results of the scan.
Peer-to-peer programs/cracks/keygens/warez warning:
Downloading cracks and keygens from p2p programs ( Limewire, eMule, uTorrent ) is the most common way computers get infected.
They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a variety of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Many malicious worms and Trojans spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming and underground sites.
Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users.
The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.

Malware Fighter:
If you would like to become a malware fighter, there are schools offering free training and you are welcome to sign up. (it's not easy though!)
WhatTheTech Classroom (http://forums.whatthetech.com/index.php?showtopic=80368)
BleepingComputer (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/86678/malware-removal-training-program/)
Malware Removal University (http://www.malwareremoval.com/university.php)
GeeksToGo University (http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/If_you_would_like_to_join_Geek_U-t4817.html)
Also Check Here (http://www.uniteagainstmalware.com/schools.php)

Good luck and thanks for using the forum -  MrC