Operating System
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Edition
    Other edition for Previous versions of Windows
    System type
    32-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    User Access Control
    Network Security (Firewall)
    3rd-party Firewall app by a trusted vendor
    Device Security
  • No device security
  • User Account
    Sign-in Accounts
    Malware Testing
    I participate by downloading malware samples onto my host PC
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • No security settings changes
  • Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    Browsers and Extensions
    Firefox;bitdefender online scanner
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    Password Managers
  • Password Exporter
  • System Utilities
    Frequency of Data backups
    Frequency of System backups

    Deleted member 178

    1- Update XP to sp3 if you didnt.
    2- add a Firewall, XP one is very weak, and easily bypassable.

    Deleted member 178

    ESS would be a better choice, i like its FW.

    You dont want or cant upgrade to Windows 7 or higher?


    Community Manager
    Staff member
    I would definitely upgrade your OS before anything else
    I agree that ESS is a better choice however EAV with Windows Firewall is not a bad combo either.
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    User Account Control on XP ?

    Windows XP has security vulnerabilities that will never be resolved because of end of official support.
    At the moment you should at least add Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit free or paid to mitigate exploit attacks.
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    Level 12
    Just add a Firewall Comodo (can be configured as per your need) or Private Firewall for example to beef up your system security. Like @Klipsh recommended, add an Anti-Exploit like malwarebytes anti-exploit free or paid to harden internet related exploits.
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    Level 61
    Since you will upgrade Windows 7 in a few weeks

    Then your system setup can leave same as possible, just add either Bininsoft Windows Firewall Tool or Tinywall to enhance the functionality of built in WF.

    Add a backup browser with same extensions as possible.


    Staff member
    Upgrade your Windows OS (Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10), or switch to a free linux distribution - if suitable to do so.

    Windows XP does not have UAC, so choosing "Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer (default)" is false information.

    You don't visit malware or phishing sites, but you were infected than one month ago?
    Recommend to read: Your Mouseclick Matters Guide

    You can Learn [MUST READ] How to update your security config without creating a new thread! (Fill in all required fields, otherwise it'll throw up an error).
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