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Windows 8.1 - Good security software?

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    WINDOWS 8.1

    Windows 8.1 - Good security software?


    Hello all,
    We recently got a new laptop - HP Envy with Win 8 on it and did the upgrade to 8.1. Then, I installed Team Viewer on to help my Dad out when he got his new computer with 8.1 on it.

    I wasn't too concerned about ours but then he ran into an issue with getting in his e-mail account and contacted his provider - Century Link, to help out. The fellow there was awesome and spent hours with Dad - apparently he had some Trojans already on his new computer. The fellow installed a few things for him, CCleaner, Malwarebytes, ran Windows Defender and I think 1 other thing.

    So, this morning, I installed malware and CC. I've got malware bytes doing the full scan right now.

    My question is, what all do I want to run on our laptop to keep it as safe as possible?

    We had Webroot installed on our previous laptop that died this fall and I just went ahead and loaded it on our new one but now I'm wondering, our paid subscription runs out later this spring.

    Do I want to continue using it? Do I want to include anything else as far as the CC & Mbytes?

    And no, I can't get Windows Defender to go from off to on, can't find where to turn it on, so I am guessing that Webroot has made it go into off mode?

    The quick scan with bytes showed a few things but believe from a quick glance that they are all combined with 2 things, the one is an open candy? Anyhow, once I get the full scan completed, I'll let you know what all popped up and if anything seems really bad, hopefully you can help me get it out.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated as we absolutely love our new laptop and my husband has ordered me to keep it healthy and happy My husband thinks I can work miracles in computer land, LOL little does he know I come here to learn.

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    Posts : 33
    WINDOWS 8.1


    ok, the full scan completed and the 2 things are a bunch of pup.optional.wecare and open candy. I would think it would be quite safe to eliminate those, correct?
    Other than those things, nothing else showed up. I think that is probably a good thing.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Here are a few tips I use..

    1) Uninstall EVERYTHING you don't need. New computers always come bundled with software that no one will use. This will cause unnecessary startup entires, slow performance, and often conflicts with newer software you might want to use.

    2) Install all available updates through Windows Update.

    3) Check the manufacturer website for updated drivers.

    4) In my opinion, Windows Defender is sufficient as an Anti-Virus. Extra's such as CCleaner, Malwarebytes are a plus if the situation calls for it.

    Aside from that, safe browsing habits are always your first line of defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ectech View Post
    Here are a few tips I use..

    1) Uninstall EVERYTHING you don't need. New computers always come bundled with software that no one will use. This will cause unnecessary startup entires, slow performance, and often conflicts with newer software you might want to use.

    2) Install all available updates through Windows Update.

    3) Check the manufacturer website for updated drivers.

    4) In my opinion, Windows Defender is sufficient as an Anti-Virus. Extra's such as CCleaner, Malwarebytes are a plus if the situation calls for it.

    Aside from that, safe browsing habits are always your first line of defense.
    so instead of duplicating, I totally agree with what you typed, the only thing I would add is get the Malwarebytes Pro version. It is not expensive, it runs fine along WD, and you can set it up to do scans and it is watching over you in real time
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    Windows 8.1


    The best security for any Windows machine is to have the PRO sku and then to implement a Limited Account with Software Restriction Policies.
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    I agree Malwarebytes Pro is a good investment.

    Newegg has it for $14.99 with Coupon code "EMCPHPC47" this is for the Lifetime license. These will not be available for much longer as they are going to a subscription rate of $30. a year.

    Newegg.com - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro Lifetime - 1 PC

    The other one I would suggest is WOT (Web of Trust) it is free and will give you advanced warning of a bad site you are trying to go to.

    https://www.mywot.com/en/download

    Yes, Windows Defender is turned off by Webroot. You will have to remove it before you can turn on Defender.

    This Tutorial will show you how to turn on Defender : Windows Defender Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Last edited by COMPUTIAC; 07 Feb 2014 at 20:26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terazbox View Post
    ok, the full scan completed and the 2 things are a bunch of pup.optional.wecare and open candy. I would think it would be quite safe to eliminate those, correct?
    Other than those things, nothing else showed up. I think that is probably a good thing.
    Yes, delete everything Malwarebytes find.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    The other one I would suggest is WOT (Web of Trust) it is free and will give you advanced waring of a bad site you are trying to go to.

    i cant imagine using this instead of WD
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    Posts : 70
    windows 8.1


    1) updated OS
    2) configured firewall
    3) secured browser(s)
    4) EMET (configured)
    5) SRP (if possible)
    6) strict download/visited sites policy

    I don't have any AV anti malware installed. Why? Because OS is compromised already if you need to remove anything. It always amazes me when users with several AV anti-malware and some very sophisticated firewalls (HIPS and whatnot) still have problems with system security
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Michal View Post
    1) . It always amazes me when users with several AV anti-malware and some very sophisticated firewalls (HIPS and whatnot) still have problems with system security
    because nuttin is 100% secure
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