Tutorial 5 easy tips to avoid infections

1. Don't run unknown programs on your computer.

Before clicking the 'Run' button make sure you know what the program is and always keep in mind from where you got it.

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Everyone has seen this type of alert however most of the user for some reason decide to ignore it and allow the file to run without any kind of restriction.
Files that don't have a digital signature or were downloaded from a unknown source should always be treated as dangerous.
I strongly recommend that you check each file before allowing it to run :
1.Scan it with your installed AV engine
2. Scan it with an on-demad scanner like Hitman Pro or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
3.Submit the file virustotal.com to be scanned with 43 AV engines
4.Submit the file at threatexpert.com in order to see how it behaves and what system changes performs
Even so it's strongly recommended that you run the file in a virtual environment like Sandboxie or Bufferzone until you can decide if the file is malicious or not.

2. No keygen = No infections
Keygen , cracks and patches are the most common ways of getting your PC infected.
I strongly advise you to avoid them, as there is little quality control in the world of illegal software, and it is easy for an attacker to name a piece of malware after a popular movie, album, or program to tempt you into downloading it.

3. Download files only from trusted sources.
You can drastically reduce the risk of an infection by knowing what and from where you are downloading a file.
As a general rule it's recommended that you download files from known and reputable sites that have confirmed that the download is malware free.
If you are unsure about the quality of a download, leave the site and research the software you are being asked to install. If it is OK, you can always come back to site and install it. If it is not OK, you will avoid a malware headache.

4. Use common sense while online
If it's sounds to good to be truth then most likely is!
You'll not win the lottery and you'll not get an amazing prize on the Internet so don't fall for this type of scams.
Ignore emails or websites who promise you a great prize as there is always a catch behind this type of promises.
Completing a survey will not grant you a iPhone or 1000$ instead it will give the cyber criminals your personal details.

5. Keep your PC up-to-date and secure
Always update your OS or software when an update is available as this can greatly reduce the chances of an exploit.
Also keep in mind that a simple antivirus engine doesn't do the job anymore, you need to have a layered system protection as malware threats are constantly changing and improving thus making the antivirus engine obsolete.
An antivirus engine, firewall , HIPS , site advisor and sandbox are security layers which every computer needs to be safe in today's world.
Another common mistake made by Windows users is to disable the User Account Control.
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I strongly advise you to let this Windows feature enabled and pay a very close attention to this pop-ups , as this could save your PC from an infection.

Other Quick Security Tips :
- Uninstall Java if you don't really need it as this is one of the most exploited programs.
- Use complex passwords for you online accounts - Passwords should be a minimum of eight characters and contain a combination of letters (uppercase/lowercase), numbers, and special symbols (!,@, #, &, %,*)
- Do not open email attachments from unknown sources or files sent through an instant messenger
- Don't give out your details to people who don't have a legitimate need to know them.
- While on social networks it's best to be reserved when allowing people to see your profile or updates.
- Use a Limited/Standard User Account (LUA) - When using a Limited/Standard User Account , your user profile might still getting compromised, but not Windows 7 basic operating system in the background. Even your profile got hit, all your pictures, MP3 files or documents can be restored easily by logging in to another account that is not yet compromised.
 

jamescv7

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RAT, Keygens and other form of bypass tool should care them intensively since the behavior will definitely link to malicious because of highest privilege that can execute in the system.
 

Quent

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Thank you so much for these hopeful tips. I believe that when it comes to Internet security better to take all necessaries steps. No one wants to be cheated and have personal information stealing.
 
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JHomes

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Here's another one: Back up your data.

What pisses me off more than anything are these people with no backups then they get an infection, then they think that there's got to be some ultimate solution, like you press one button and all of your files are restored, issue is gone. People, this doesn't exist!

If you're not running a regular backup, start. Great thing (in my eyes) is that you can go different routes. Say you want to back up your computer and you want it not stored locally, you can run a disk imager like Acronis True Image and put it somewhere like external HDD, cloud storage, USB, etc. If you don't want to pay for that kind of stuff, or you just want something fast, you can go with a snapshot tool like Ax64, Comodo Time Machine, or Rollback Rx. Or you can do both! It's a free world people, you have options.

Either way, come up with a plan, so the next time you get an infection because you downloaded cracked photoshop, instead of looking aimlessly around for a solution, you just restore and you're good to go. If you back up, think of all the time you save having to write a post on forums like this. You could do so much with that extra time

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On Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit,
browsing with Mozilla Firefox, is there any reason to do this?
I have IE and Chrome on my computer.
Do the two browsers get infected easily?
chrome is most secure
firefox is okay
IE is not so secure
all browsers need to be kept updated
 
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shmu26

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I'm not too experienced with keygens etc...i've always been told that lots are false positives and are harmless is this true at all?
virus total will often tell you if it is just a hacking tool, or a real threat, if you read the details.
 
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I'm not too experienced with keygens etc...i've always been told that lots are false positives and are harmless is this true at all?
if you want to find keygens that are malware, let's say for testing purposes, so don't go to thepiratebay and search for your favorite pirated program. Instead, just google it, and download it directly from an unknown site.
And even if you do go to thepiratebay, don't choose a torrent from a known uploader, which has user comments indicating it is clean. Choose the torrent from an unknown uploader, and it was just uploaded today, and it already has much more seeders than all the clean torrents put together. Obviously, someone is trying to scam the system...
That's how to find the malware. And the reverse holds true if you want to find clean keygens, for instance, if you need to study it for research purposes.
 
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Nich11

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I get the kind of pop which you showed. sometimes I accidently click yes. Thankfully, they were are advertising pop ups.
 
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jamescv7

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Luckily on Android, those popups that may contain malicious may not be infected unless you will install upon permission; compare to Windows where possible drive by dwnload will occur.

So that is why always be vigilant and check your defenses regularly.
 
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Sandboxie is great but it is expensive and I don't have it.
Sandboxie is freeware since the unregistered version allows you to get almost all the features found in the full version. Performing a paid registration you get a key that allows you to remove the nag screen after 30 days and use more of the sandbox at the same time and other functions.
 
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KeZa

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I download a lot and I have come across a lot of hacks, keygens and so on and I can tell you that I have saved a lot of money. A couple of 1000$ surly because I do not pay for software and I have +400progs on my pc. Not all to buy but a lot and if you know how to do it than it can do no harm. The first rule is after downloaded a torrent, newsgroup,... with a hack or so on, is to check it on Virustotal with Winja. Get you no red alerts than it's fine most of the time and get you a few and the biggest AV's like Kasper and BitDefender give it green, then it is most of the time a false positive and you can go on but get you a lot of red and these AV give it red then it is 90% of the time garbage. Let say it's is more green and these AV's give it a green light, than you can check it on a backup drive with sandboxie and there you get you key and you copy that key in your source OS and voila you have safed safely money. I do this for more than 10 years know and no probs here on the good old Xp. And if there was a little red but the good AV's give it green light you can always put it in a zip-folder with a password for extra security.
 
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