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  1. #1


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    security suite


    I have a combination of programs to protect my pcs, namely; Win 8.1 Defender, SpywareBlaster, MBAM behind a router.
    I know no pc is totally secure but I was reading about a free security suite which, if it does what it says, is impressive.
    It reads that you do not have to install all the features if you do not want to do so.
    Because everyones' product is the "best" one has ever seen, I was curious if anyone has used or is using it.
    I do not know if I can mention names here so will hopefully get a response that I can either post the name or use a pm.
    I do not want to load up my pc as what I am using does not take up much room and is adequate, but am open to new ideas. The latest poor reviews about 8.1 Defender is what prompted me to look at options.
    Defender and MSE used to be pretty good but seem to have slipped with 8.1
    Thank you
    Peter.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You can post a legitimate referral.
    (I'm always skeptical of the word 'free'!)
    Native Windows security tools working fine for my purposes.
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  3. #3


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    It is Comodo Security Suite, just for reference and I agree about native M.S. tools.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Peter, can you post a link?
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    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    R
    Thank you
    Peter
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  7. #7


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    If you like tweaking a firewall and trying different security strategies, CIS is a good option, but I think, that it is way too good. Its HIPS is so strong, that it might lead to some BSOD and HIPS generally is pain to use even when set to auto and then you are not really using its full potential. Its AV is weak, it is there, just so it could be called a suite, it relies on HIPS detection. I would recommend to go for some cloud solution instead. HIPS is too complex to use, not that it would be a bad choice, and standard AVs are dead.

    1. Firewall - is there any reason, why do you want to use some else rather then Windows Firewall? Indeed, its hard to use, just google: windows firewall control, there are some nice applications to use it easily. If you still insists on using something else, try Private Firewall,, it has HIPS as well, but it will work just fine without it. I like, that it does not hide behind the name suite, it is basically the same thing like CIS.

    2. AV - if you want it light Bitdefender Free is the best choice, if you want it hard 360 TS has 5 AV engines.

    3. OnDemand - MBAM is great for scanning, you can also try HitmanPro, its free version scans at startup. You can also loose SpywareBlaster, I believe it still uses HOSTS file for prevention, that can be easily replaced with DNS like OpenDNS or NortonDNS, which does not slow down PC like HOSTS and it is way more effective.
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  8. #8


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    security


    I too like native tools. I may have been influenced by some articles speaking negatively about the Defender for 8.1
    I have had no problems with my current set up and in view of your comprehensive reply will leave things as they are.
    Thank you
    Peter
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  9. #9


    Peter, remember, "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't after you ― Joseph Heller"!
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  10. #10


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    I may have been influenced by some articles speaking negatively about the Defender for 8.1
    Microsoft itself recommends other AV than Windows Defender.
    It is only included in Windows, because people "forget" to install AV.
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