Windows Edition
Other edition for Previous versions of Windows
System type
32-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Windows UAC
Default - Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
Firewall protection
Custom - Provided by a third-party security vendor
Account privileges
Account type
Exposure to malware
Malware samples are downloaded on my Computer
Real-time Malware protection
Periodic scanners
Browser and Add-ons
Firefox;bitdefender online scanner
Privacy tools and VPN
Password manager
Password Exporter
Maintenance tools
File Backup schedule
Once or multiple times per month
Backup schedule
Once or more per month

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 Win7 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.


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.


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.


Level 85
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?
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