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    Well it finally happened, got hacked via a key logger, had bitcoins stolen, and they did some other damage. So I wiped the hard drive clean and started over.. Now I'd like to know which anti-virus and firewall to install for detecting key loggers or any other virus.. Is there a simple firewall that will simply block everything except that which I allow? I'm using Windows 7 64..
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    I have never been affected by a keylogger as far as I kniow. but Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are supposed to detect them. I don't know if there is something else that is better for resident detection.
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    Yeah, the pay versions will block most stuff and the free versions will usually get rid of stuff that others will not. It's best to keep a download of Malwarebytes on a thumbdrive since a lot of this malware will infect your antivirus and anti-malware programs so you'll need to go into safe mode to clean things up with a clean copy of Malwarebytes.

    A good router serves as a good firewall also, even if you don't network your home computers. I can't really say what is the best antivirus. I use Avast right now but it has let me down before. So has Avira and AVG but not as much as McAfee and Norton. I hear TrendMicro is good. Their online scanner is pretty good.

    The best advice would be to get your boot drive up and running the way you want it and make regular backups so if disaster does strike, at least you'll be able to get a clean copy of your boot drive.
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    Yeah well pray you never get infected with a key logger, you'd be surprised how much you type in a day!
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    Firewalls won't protect you from malware, they may keep your info from being sent if you block all outgoing traffic. I use to use ZoneAlarm until it got bloated and buggy, now I just use the built-in firewall and set my router to "high security". I set my Windows PC's to "Public Network" in the Control Panel, I also turn off all file sharing when I'm online. When I want to stream video and music I set my network to "Home".

    Superantispyware is the best anti-malware software IMHO, if it can't clean your PC then nothing will.
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    When you say built in firewall, you're referring to Windows? Thanks for the tips!
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    A HOST file is useful also if you keep it up to date.

    http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
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    That's interesting about the hosts file, but it appears just to be for blocking ads?
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    Originally Posted by sdsumike619 View Post
    When you say built in firewall, you're referring to Windows? Thanks for the tips!
    Yes, go to Windows Firewall-> allow a program or feature: look for any suspicious entries that are enabled, you can un-check the box but I do not recommend deleting the entry. If a trusted program requires communication then a warning will pop-up.
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    I went ahead and got http://www.macecraft.com/powertools-lite-2013/ which will automatically update that blacklist hosts file
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    The only time I use scripting and cookies (no 3rd party cookies) is when I'm visiting a site where I need my password to access and I do that in Chrome. All other surfing I do is with Firefox with scripting and all cookies turned off. If you read up on that site you'll see where one 3rd party cookie can access another 3rd party cookie and the next thing you know 3 or 4 different servers are loading your computer with all kinds of crap. Mostly adware but when scripting is involved, they can do pretty much anything they want to do once they have access to your computer.

    Everyone bashed me for using IE 6 for so long but as long as I had scripting and cookies turned off it was as safe if not safer than Firefox. People get lulled into a false sense of security with certain browsers and that's where they get caught with their guard down. People probably get way more adware and malware from visiting sites that most people would think was safe than people who check out porn sites all day.
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    Originally Posted by sdsumike619 View Post
    I went ahead and got http://www.macecraft.com/powertools-lite-2013/ which will automatically update that blacklist hosts file
    Yeah, that's probably a good idea. I should re-install jv16 PowerTools. I got it through http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ a few years back. I've gotten a few good pieces of software from them.
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    This may be a bit extreeme, but I dual-boot my internet enabled laptop with Win7 and Linux. I do all web surfing in linux only, such as right now. All e-commerace is done on Win7 through firewall and Firefox with NoScript addon. I only use this setup for e-commerace and nothing else. When I'm done, I reboot into linux to web surf.

    Linux partitions are not visable in Windows. Windows partitions cannot be accesed in linux without 1st being mounted. It's not perfect, but it is effective.

    My main editing system is not connected to internet for obvious reasons.
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    The single most secure browser out there as of this writing is White Hat's Aviator. Quote from one on the developers on another website:
    With every website you visit, you’re vulnerable to malicious hackers out to steal your surfing history, passwords, email access, bank account numbers, medical info, and more. And the “big browsers” don’t do enough to stop it.

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    Discussion: https://blog.whitehatsec.com/introducing-whitehat-aviator-a-safer-web-browser/

    Download (free): MAC OS X:
    https://updates.avia...com/Aviator.dmg

    Download for Windows:
    https://updates.avia...Win/Aviator.msi

    More information:
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    I have been using it for a couple of weeks, and admittedly it take a bit of getting used to. It seems to have been developed by some geeks who are totally paranoid about security (that's not a knock at them, just an observation). Now that I have been using it I am quite comfortable with it. For those who like the standard ads and flashies may not like the somewhat sterile-looking page opening up.
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    How about using the top antivirus software like Immunet, Comodo, Bullguard and AVG? They can easily detect keyloggers.
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    Originally Posted by peterdavidson99 View Post
    How about using the top antivirus software like Immunet, Comodo, Bullguard and AVG? They can easily detect keyloggers.
    Antivirus s/w can be disabled by scripts downloaded through your browser. The browser and user become the weakest links, but in reality there is no such thing as total security when connected to the internet. You need to manage your vulnerabilities........
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    Originally Posted by peterdavidson99 View Post
    How about using the top antivirus software like Immunet, Comodo, Bullguard and AVG? They can easily detect keyloggers.
    None of these is a top antivirus. Comodo's firewall is decent but their antivirus is crap. Bullguard is worse crap. Immunet is total crap. AVG's performance is uneven and varies from good to rubbish from year to year.
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