December 31, 2012

Because I keep hearing about this - part 2

So we are moving along after yesterday's post about basic AV protection. Let's go to the next step which would be the current best anti-malware protection.

That would (of course) be Malwarebytes. They do have a free version that you can use to scan your system. However, this is one piece of software I consider well worth the money ($24.95) for the Pro version.

Why?

Well, first of all because it's a one time fee. Unlike AV vendors that want this money every year, these guys only ask for money once then you are set. There is some minor upkeep: Please be aware they do periodically require you to download and install a "new" version. You don't have to pay, but if you don't install the newest version, you aren't covered for future threats.

Also, the pro version has the ability, if you do happen to pick up any malware, to be run, even if the malware tries to block this.  That's a great thing indeed.  It means you might be able to get your system restored more easily.  For this alone, it's worth the price.  You can try it for free for 14 days.  All in all it's a good deal. (let me mention once again, that just like basic AV software, malwarebytes will not catch everything - it will get most stuff, but it's not perfect either)

In the comments yesterday VW mentioned ZoneAlarm and Net Nanny

I used to use ZoneAlarm back when the Windows firewall was not very well done (WinNT) to non-existent (Win98 ). The problem with ZoneAlarm is that it is a PITA to "train" it.  Once it's trained it's not bad, although I had periodic trouble with it when using my VPN for work.  I'm not sure how much it slows things down these days.  I haven't kept up with it because it's not really necessary on newer systems.

Then there are programs like Net Nanny that keep your kids from surfing to sites they shouldn't.  Depending on your kids and your needs, these programs might work for you or they might not. 

Some of it depends on how computer savvy your kids are.  Any program running on your computer can be circumvented by an industrious, smart, kid.  That's one reason why parents need to keep a weather eye on kids when they are online.   Check histories, log files, look over their shoulder periodically, that kind of thing.

Another way to do it is to set up Open DNS on your system.  To effectively use it, you need to set it up on your router and lock your router with a good password.  Then set up an account with them and determine the level of protection you want.  You might even use this in conjunction with Net Nanny or some of the other programs of that type and use Open DNS for logging purposes so you can really see where they've been and what links they are clicking. 

Open DNS has managed to stop some malware from getting to their clients by blocking it before it reaches the machine.  So it's worth a look even if you only use the basic DNS feature alone.  And if you are a Comcast customer (where there have been frequent DNS outages) Open DNS will keep you online and connected. 

I think that covers this little bit.  Tomorrow we'll be onto the browser and what you can do there.

Posted by: Teresa in WebTech at 02:02 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Malwarebytes slowed me down quite a bit, wanting to browse through my links on Firefox as they loaded... I've been using Spybot for quite some time and it's good... but who knows how good... so I keep NoScript and other mods on FF just for grins.

Hope 2013 treats you well, Teresa!

Posted by: Pam at December 31, 2012 04:29 PM (VZULe)

2 Love OpenDNS but it has some limitations for me.  Netnanny slows it down a bit as well as Zone Alarm but for my kids I do not consider that a big deal.  I do randomly go in and check my kids but it is nice to get those emails on sites they went to that had inappropriate ads blocked.  Sites label 'G', kid friendly, ect.  Amazing what people will do.

Posted by: vwbug at December 31, 2012 05:16 PM (FPOeI)

3 Pam, I have no slowdown with malwarebytes.  You could be running into problems from spybot not playing nice with malwarebytes.  Spybot no longer has the reputation it used to have.  In any case, I'll add this bit to the next post so it's at the top. 

Posted by: Teresa at January 01, 2013 08:45 PM (hJwgq)

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