What's in a Name? wrote:
> Bob after much thought,came up with this
> jewel in
>> I'm running the following on my PC:
>> - ESET NOD32 3.0
>> - Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5 (not the version with anti-virus)
>> - PCTools Threatfire 3.0 (free, not paid)
>> I'd appreciate feedback on how much overlap and/or possible
>> conflict (although I haven't seen any sign of problems) there is
>> between these. In particular, I'm wondering if Spy Sweeper is
>> redundant with the coverage provided by the other two programs.
>> Thanks in advance.
> I thought that SS slowed my system down. ThreatFire is a good addition.
> I see you are on RoadRunner and using Thunderbird. Are you using a
> router/firewall? Do you have some security extensions installed in
> Firefox(like NoScript,AdBlock Plus)?
> The best protection is an Educated User.
> Prevention is Key.
> Test your setup.
SS definitely slows my system down while it's doing a scan; Tetris becomes
But oddly, if I pause the scan and then bring up Process
Explorer (which I use in place of Task Manager), it kind of looks like it's
using more CPU than while it's scanning. Otherwise, I see no impact.
My cable modem is a Toshiba PCX2500, which I've read I should have RR replace
with newer model with DOCSIS 2 instead of 1.1. Connected to that is a SunRocket
(now Teleblend) "Gizmo" for VoIP. Last, I connect my PCs to a NetGear WGR614
router/firewall. To secure it, I:
- changed the default SSID and password
- turned off SSID broadcasting, UPnP, and Remote Management
- use WPA-PSK with the longest Passphrase it would take
(question: I'm using the default Key Lifetime = 60 minutes, is that too long?)
- use MAC filtering for WiFi connections
[Anything other settings I should give attention to?]
I do use AdBlock. I haven't added NoScript yet, but I should and will.
The results of the testing were very interesting:
- When I tried to run leaktest1.exe, Thunderbird and Firefox both shut down;
Threatfire displayed an Alert window saying it detected & quarantined the
- With EICAR, NOD32 blocked all three versions -- .com, .zip, and double-.zip
- Shields Up! gave good results for almost everything. But it says I have port
23 Telnet and port 80 HTTP open, which doesn't seem good. Should I add those to
Blocked Services in my router?
BTW, I used to run ZoneAlarm Pro. I was going to switch to Comodo 3.0, but
between various things I read plus advice from the IT networking gurus at work,
I decided that a software firewall was unnecessary with the hardware I have.
Is that good, bad, or neutral?
Thank you very much for the excellent input. I feel less vulnerable now.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you! >> Stay informed about: NOD32 + Spy Sweeper + Threatfire