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Essential Security Programs for Windows 98SE, NT, Windows 2000 & Windows XP

Remember: Any Internet Service Provider that requires client software to be installed should be avoided at all costs. Do not install ISP software, only use Dialup Networking and the browser you already have instead. If your Internet Service Provider requires you use their software, get another ISP if possible.

Note: DO NOT use any Security Port Scanner that tells you to: "Disable all protection software to avoid false alarms." They are a scam and leave you with a false sense of security. With your protection disabled they are able to penetrate your computer and make it look like an attack (in some cases they can implant a trojan or virus onto your computer). Keep your protection ON at all times.

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GFI Security Products   PuterGeek.Com   BOClean
TomCat Internet Solutions   CERIAS   PurgeIE   AnalogX
HOSTS File   WebWasher   Spy Checker   Parasite Checker
News Groups

Microsft guidelines and checklists for basic security and privacy on the internet:
Microsoft Guidelines


GFI provide a wide range of windows security products, including the following freeware tools.

GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server

GFI WebMonitor is a freeware utility for ISA server that Monitors HTTP/FTP connections in real time.

GFI LANguard System Integrity Monitor

GFI LANguard System Integrity Monitor is a utility that provides intrusion detection by checking whether files have been changed, added or deleted on a Windows 2000/XP system.

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PuterGeek.Com

PuterGeek.Com


Need some 'puter help? Then go to Peter Crockett - Webmaster PuterGeek.Com - An excellent start to find that particular answer to your Computer problem, lots of Network answers.

Moggies comment: An excellent source of help, well worth a visit.

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Comodo BOClean Common Sense Internet Security

Moggies gives this program the highest recommendation.

Hundreds of thousands of "hackers" and information seekers are lurking on the internet, just waiting to get a trojan horse installed on your PC, access it and find what's on your system. BOClean is your best defense against them. No wading through dozens of false alarms only to discover that you're unable to remove a trojan that's deeply seated in your registry, while realizing your system's contents have already been accessed.

No complications in installing "firewalls" that end up slowing down your connections and offer very limited protection. No needing to logoff, ever.

With BOClean, any (covered) trojan horse will be automatically detected and deleted within 10 seconds of its execution (using standard manufacturer's configuration). Which is well within the time it takes to find your system and access it, so no information is ever likely to leave your system without your knowing. With no effort on your part (well, OK, a mouseclick).

BOClean enables you to:

  • Destroy trojans and remove registry entries.
  • Delete all traces of trojan without requiring rebooting.
  • Disconnect the threat without disconnecting you.
  • Generate optional report and safe copy of evidence.
  • Automatically sweep and detect in the background.

Comodo BOClean will protect itself from trojan horse tampering or shutdown, so there's no worry about being left unprotected. BOClean comes with a money-back guarantee, if you're not happy with how BOClean works, they will give you your money back. All support is by Privacy Software Corporation (via email) at no charge. There's also no subscriptions or other "gimmick" charges to pay later. FREE weekly trojan database updates are available from their website.

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TomCat Internet Solutions

TomCat Internet Solutions Addresses privacy and security concerns of the individual Internet user, assisting in the prevention of intrusions whether from a virus, trojan, malicious script, hacker, or the obscure gathering of your personal private information.

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http://www.cerias.purdue.edu/ "CERIAS" - The world's foremost university center for multidisciplinary research and education in areas of information security (computer security, network security, and communications security), and information assurance.

"CERIAS" Hotlist

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Website: http://www.aandrc.com/purgeie
FTP download: PurgeIE.Zip

PurgeIE deletes cache, cookies and other tracks left by Internet Explorer that reveal your surfing habits.

Cache files (offline and online), unprotected cookies, the record of 'Visited URLs', the Typed URL Address dropdown list, the History folders, strays, and recent links (Documents) are among the categories you can choose to purge.

The purge functions maintain the integrity of Internet Explorer's "Index.dat" files. A function is provided for purging 'Stray' URLs and 'Stray' Cookies/Cache Files. These can occur if the "Index.dat" files and the data file get out-of-sync.

For IE-5+, you can purge the Auto Complete Forms and Previous Searches. The new version includes purge of the Windows Recycle bin.

You can designate Cookies to protect. For safety's sake, PurgeIE can also provide a preview of the cleanup.

This is Shareware with a 10 non-contiguous days trial. Registration is $14.95 (US).

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AnalogX

AnalogX - Looking for free software?

A site with plenty of freeware programs, some essential for Windows 95/98, NT and Windows 2000.

Just one of the many freeware programs:

AnalogX Script Defender - With all the script viruses being emailed around these days, and virus authors getting more clever by the minute, it's important to do everything you can to ensure you aren't their next victim.

AnalogX Script Defender intercepts all requests to execute a variety of different script types that are commonly used to infect your computer - Visual Basic Scripting (.VBS), Java Script (.JS) and Windows Scripting (.WSH) are the most common and can all be intercepted by SDefender. Best of all, you can add other scripting extensions later on when virus authors figure out how to exploit something else.

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HOSTS File

For an explanation of what the HOSTS File is and how it works please see the Websites below:

Gorilla Design Studio Presents: Using the Hosts File

www.smartin.addr.com/ This site contains a listing of many different Internet servers that can be placed into your hosts file for blocking ads and other means of unknowingly tracking you while you surf the net.

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WebWasher

Website: http://www.webwasher.com

Surf hassle free: WebWasher®

More intelligence for your browser

WebWasher is a powerful filter program for Web pages, originally developed by Siemens: it is installed on your PC or server as an add-on to your browser. Unwanted content - such as advertising - is not even loaded via the network. WebWasher also avoids unnecessary reloading of web objects and de-animates images. This saves you up to 45% of the data which are transmitted. Your browser displays Web pages practically free of advertising.

The result is a considerably faster page display, shorter search times in the Internet and savings in provider fees. One click on the program symbol switches WebWasher on or off as you need it.

WebWasher makes your browser an intelligent assistant.

WebWasher controls the datastream between user and web in both directions: Incoming cookies from the Web server and outgoing cookies that are sent by the browser to the server.

WebWasher recognizes advertising banners by their characteristic graphic dimensions, special HTML patterns, with the aid of an URL exception list and other analytic methods. Therefore the program is able to recognize most Java/JavaScript stealth mechanisms and deactivate them.

The filter functions can be freely configured. With just a click of your mouse you can add selected objects on the current Web site to your filter list. From then on, they are no longer loaded or displayed.

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Spy Checker - Spychecker.com is a public database of Spyware products. The database is maintained on a daily basis and new software is added or removed as needed. Information is gathered from Internet sources, ad companies and reliable sources in the software distribution industry.

Are you wondering whether you have any Spyware products installed on your system? Do you want to remove them or prevent them from calling the "mothership"? There are free tools available to detect and remove unwanted spyware applications.

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Parasite Checker Website - What are parasites?

There are a lot of dodgy programs out there that may get installed on users' computers without their knowledge or consent. Many applications described as "freeware" come infested with parasitic software that latches onto the web browser, provides little or no benefit to the user and can:

So be careful what you install - you may be getting more than you bargained for!

Shouldn't anti-virus software detect this stuff?

Maybe, technically they are not viruses, but 'trojan horse' code. Sometimes they are even installed with the "consent" of a user who hasn't bothered to read the small print or does not understand what they are. Often they come completely without warning.

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News Groups

Protocol: Since these newsgroups are intended to host textual discussion, posts are limited to 20kb and should not include binary images or files. A more complete description of the protocol can be found at: http://grc.com/discussions.htm

News Reader: grc.news
News Reader: grc.news.feedback
News Reader: grc.privacy
News Reader: grc.security
News Reader: grc.security.hardware
News Reader: grc.security.software
News Reader: grc.shieldsup
News Reader: grc.spyware
News Reader: grc.techtalk
News Reader: grc.techtalk.localproxiesgrc.techtalk.packetsniffing

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