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September 1, 2015 at 5:55 AM #21667September 1, 2015 at 6:20 AM #789061CoronitaParticipant
I don’t use antivirus software…bogs down the computer too much. I like osx, and am growing accustomed to it. If I need to use windows, I’ll run it as a virtual container..though until recently, vmware didn’t seem to work well with it…September 1, 2015 at 6:35 AM #789062XBoxBoyParticipant
Might be something unique to your settings. I used to use Security Essentials and when I updated to Windows 10 it automatically switched to Defender and enabled it.September 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM #789069DoofratParticipant
Using a single, common, virus scanner is pretty much a waste of time anyway. If you’re writing a virus, you’re going to assume someones using Windows Defender and write around it by default. You’re also going to write around the most common scanners out there.
I always tell people that if you’re going to rely on a single scanner, then the best scanner out there is the one with the lightest footprint because it’s probably not going to work anyway, so you might as well not use too many cycles on it.
I hate to admit it, but I’m a total PC (Newer Macs are PCs too BTW, I mean Microsoft) guy. I’ve worked with them since I was a little kid. I work with them at work. I use them at home (they are a great platform for gaming)
That said, even I have a hard time trusting a PC. I use mine for secure online transactions, but I have to do the following before I trust it:
I run each of the following scanners:
security.kolla.de – Spybot S&D
malwarebytes – This is too popular now, so it probably doesn’t work anymore
Trend OfficeScan – I get it free from work, so why not?
Periodic runs of ComboFix – This is a cleaner, not a scanner. Has the potential to blow up your system.
I boot the system clean and check all external calls across the network
I check all the processes running – I know what should be there. I also spot check the locations and dates of the running processes’s files to verify they’re in the right place and are not newer files
I look for any new files created in specific system directories and then trace each one down
I also try to avoid installing anything on my system that isn’t from a large trusted company (like Microsoft snicker snicker)
I know what you’re thinking, suuuuuure he does all this, but I really do. I know what I’m looking for and it only takes 5 minutes of my time each week (the rest of the time is just launching the scanners and letting them finish)
So what’s the gist of all this? I’m either really paranoid, or the PC platform isn’t all that trustworthy. I prefer to believe the latter. They’ve improved the security a lot, but I still don’t trust it all that much. I definitely would not trust a PC that just has Windows Defender and a single scanner running on it. Use your PC with caution!September 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM #789070anParticipant
[quote=XBoxBoy]Might be something unique to your settings. I used to use Security Essentials and when I updated to Windows 10 it automatically switched to Defender and enabled it.[/quote]Defender is the Windows 10 built in antivirus and is on by default.September 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM #789074moneymakerParticipant
Those claiming Defender is on by default may want to double check because that is what I read as well, but it wasn’t. So either a virus turned it off or it was never on by default. I personally feel that windows 10 saw McAfee on my system and therefore did not enable Defender. Only problem is I was not using McAfee and even if I was it is not compatible. I now have Defender turned on and scanning, it is taking forever to do a full scan! Microsoft doesn’t even make a registry cleaner, those don’t really work and will most likely just screw things up, I assume Combofix is a registry cleaner. 6 hours later my scan is about 2/3 done.September 1, 2015 at 1:51 PM #789078anParticipant
[quote=moneymaker]Those claiming Defender is on by default may want to double check because that is what I read as well, but it wasn’t. So either a virus turned it off or it was never on by default. I personally feel that windows 10 saw McAfee on my system and therefore did not enable Defender. Only problem is I was not using McAfee and even if I was it is not compatible. I now have Defender turned on and scanning, it is taking forever to do a full scan! Microsoft doesn’t even make a registry cleaner, those don’t really work and will most likely just screw things up, I assume Combofix is a registry cleaner. 6 hours later my scan is about 2/3 done.[/quote]I just double checked and it is on for me without me manually turning it on.
You’re right, it might have something to do with your system having McAfee there. You’re also right that McAfee is not compatible. Neither is Norton. However, how can you have McAfee on your system and Windows 10 not telling you to uninstall it? It would be work as design if your system have McAfee, even if it’s not working properly. Since, I would expect Windows to turn off Defender when I install a 3rd party Antivirus software.
BTW, are you using mechanical HDD or SSD? I find that antivirus scan is drastically faster with SSD vs mechanical HDD.September 1, 2015 at 2:57 PM #789083DoofratParticipant
Combofix is a rootkit detector/cleaner. You should only download it from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com The organization that makes it is somewhat guarded about how it actually works and what it looks for, but it works best if you run it soon (several weeks) after infection is suspected. It can cause your computer to not boot if you actually have an infection because it just removes the suspect driver if it is infected. A lot of times, a virus/rootkit will replace legitimate system files with one “augmented” with their code. Although it has a virus in this file, your system will not run without it. Combofix does create restore points, but you will need the knowledge to revert to one of these restore points should the system not boot.
I’ve had a lot of luck with ComboFix where someone has a rootkit that is causing a virus to keep returning.
I run ComboFix periodically as a precaution (you’re not really supposed to use it this way) and also to look at the log it generates which can point to infections it cannot detect. As an example, it will tell you that logsp.dll file was installed and set to run on boot on June 6th 2015. A lot of times it’s up to you to research what the data mean and search for the dll and find out that it’s related to that Logitech mouse you installed in June.September 8, 2015 at 9:13 PM #789210moneymakerParticipant
I guess combofix does not run on Windows 10.
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