(Guide) How to safely use Windows without Anti-virus security

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by micman, Oct 10, 2010.

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  1. NumLock

    NumLock Notebook Evangelist

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    Nope; you can't (in firefox 3.6 anyways).

     
  2. usapatriot

    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    To be honest, all it takes is a few years computer experience and know how to run Windows with anti-virus. I did it on XP for a few years and NEVER got a virus. All it takes is some common sense and a more secure browser such as FireFox.

    Everything else such as messing with UAC, NoScript for FF, etc is just secondhand stuff to make it a bit easier.
     
  3. micman

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    It's too bad those settings can't be saved. I was thinking you might be able to transfer the profile over to another computer, but that also saves all your bookmarks, history, password data, etc. If you only wanted cookie data there's no way I know of to pinpoint just that :/

    I also remembered you can do something similar with Ccleaner. If you wanted Ccleaner to remove all the cookies except for a certain few, you can just add those cookies to the exception list. That's obviously not as safe as denying cookies altogether, but it's pretty close.
     
  4. micman

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    The guide just got some updates to include more timely information on browsers, plus new links. Also added a section on cloud storage, which is one of the ways I safeguard against losing files/data to a virus.
     
  5. Bearclaw

    Bearclaw Steaming

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    I think it's common sense that's the most important thing of all.

    I haven't used Anti-virus in 2 years and don't do any virtualization or any special gimmicks, and haven't had a virus.
     
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    Common sense is much more restricting than any software on my computer.
     
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    Not necessarily.
    One can easily set up an admin account in Windows so you could browse the net without an AV.
    Common sense in it's basic form is hardly restricting.
     
  8. Hungry Man

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    A user account is, by default, restricted. Common sense dictates that you won't go to a site if you suspect it's malicious. Common sense in and of itself forces you to second guess actions.

    That's no fun.

    I'll take a nice light security setup and no common sense.
     
  9. ikovac

    ikovac Cooler and faster... NBR Reviewer

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    Good stuff in guide - general knowledge that many can benefit from.

    And yes - most users should still use AV. It usually protects them from themselves. :)
     
  10. Matt is Pro

    Matt is Pro I'm a PC, so?

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    I agree. Well said.
     
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