Keeping Windows XP secure

Discussion in 'Windows XP Security' started by gingertommy, Apr 8, 2014.

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    gingertommy

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    Hi,

    Now that Microsoft stopping XP support is upon us, can anyone suggest ways to help ensure that their machines stay secure? I manage a small number of PCs running XP, and we don't have the money to upgrade, so I want to take every step possible to protect the systems going forward.

    Is antivirus and internet security sufficent?

    Many thanks,

    Tom
     
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    Elizabeth23

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    you can surf wisely, use malwarebytes as an on demand scanner, get a good antivirus, Kaspersky paid is still supporting xp, the free 360 Internet security from Quiho is very good, and there is avast that will supprot xp for 2 more years I believe.
    And you could also run in a Sandbox environment, available from Sandboxie and Quiho.

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    One antivirus running in real time
    Ondemad scanners for malware and spyware
    use ad blockers
    have a software updater if you can not remember to check for updates to your programs
    Run daily quick scans and weekly full scans
    There are also online one time scanners from Kaspersky , google for some others.

    And anytime a pc does something you do not want it to do, and you suspect infection, then get it cleaned.
    A good forum for this is Geeks to Go, and there are other malware removal forums.

    The best way to clean infections is to wipe and reinstall, If you could afford Acronis true image, then you can always restore a complete image of your pc.
     
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    I've been using a product call AppGuard from Blue Ridge Networks. It's NOT an AntiVirus product. What it does is stop bad behavior. So even if you do catch a virus, it won't be able to execute.
     
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    Elizabeth23

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    @xp_advocate, I really hate to correct you but it IS an antivirus:

    from here
     
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    I used Panda for a while, on a recommendation. It slows the machine terribly.

    Currently using ZoneAlarm.

    Incidentally, does anyone else rely upon their hardware firewall in their router?
     
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    I use windows built in firewall, I believe there is another firewall in the machine I plug into to get dsl service. Also running avast free on one xp, and 360 internet security from Quiho on two other xp's

    also have mbam and mbae, and spywareblaster installed.
     
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    Hello-
    I hope that my post falls within the current topic of this thread --

    I have a Model EL1200-06w e-machine on which I have two operating systems:
    1. (C: )
    a. Windows XP, version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp3_qfe.130704-0421 : SP3)
    b. ZoneAlarm firewall, set to stop all internet activity except when it's absolutely necessary to have access to the internet or my home network
    c. Avast anti-virus - I keep my virus definitions up and scan regularly despite the fact that I no longer surf the web or download anything on this side of the computer other than updates for this program
    d. Malwarebytes - I keep the definitions up and scan regularly despite the fact that I no longer surf the web or download anything on this side of the computer other than updates for this program

    2. (D: )
    a. Windows Vista Home Premium, version 6.0.6000 Build 6000 *
    c. Avast anti-virus
    d. Windows Defender
    b. Windows firewall
    e. Definitions are kept up-to-date on the above programs, though I do not always allow the optional updates from Window. I am usually only doing artwork or word processing on this side of the computer, and usually only use the internet because I just happened to be logged in to the Vista side. Otherwise, the majority of my online surfing and downloading is done on another machine.
    f. Preferred/Default browser - Mozilla Firefox

    *Whether I do Start>Run>winver or [right-click]>Computer>Properties or open System Information, I cannot find what service pack I am working with.

    Before anyone starts crucifying me for still working with WinXP, I keep it, and will continue to work with it until it become impossible - I have programs (especially art progs) that I have used for years that will not funtion properly, if at all in some cases, on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

    I do not surf the web on the XP side of the computer. I allow internet access only when I need to access a file in another area of my home network, or when I must update ZoneAlarm, Avast or Malwarebytes. If I need to download something from online for the XP side of the e-machine, I do it on my laptop or on the Vista side of this e-machine, save it to an external drive, then access what I was after from that drive the next time I boot to the XP side.

    That brings me around to my question: When I am booted to and working on the Vista side of the computer as described in 2e above, is the XP side of my computer vulnerable to attacks that are alleged to become inevitable for those who take the chance and continue using XP in a normal way? And when I say "normal," I mean the way in which many people use a computer: surfing, downloading, blogging, vlogging, word processing, shopping, chatting/messaging, paying bills, etc.

    Thanks in advance for anyone's help and input.
     
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    from here

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    I believe it comes down to being safe in what you download

    updates and scans with what you have installed on xp should be okay since you do not go to surf the internet with xp

    if you insert or copy data from the vista to xp, always copy to desktop and scan before ever clicking on it to open and do not allow your usb to be opened automatically, always open from My Computer, this way you can right click on usb thumb drive in My computer and scan the thumb drive before opening, that is why Windows came up with an update to halt autoplay, but this can be bypassed if there is an autorun .ini on the drive, then you will have to alter the registry to stop it from opening automatically.
     
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    ALSO on your sp's for vista:

    from here

    so I suspect you have no service packs installed and should be at 2 .
     
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    Additionally, the new updates via POSReady 2009 should be mentioned (at least for the sake of completeness). I know most of you dismiss that practice, but I think there needs to be a change of attitude here towards the reg hack that allows this, as the updates receives are binary compatible and provide patches to known loopholes.

    It buys you updates that will come until 2019
     
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    Hello Gingertommy from Aunty Jack,

    I gave up with Avast, AVG, and Defender a while ago. Have a look at Immunet 3. It is a cloud based antivirus, free or upgrade to full from about $25.00 Aussie dollars. It may handle small network set-ups.

    Cheers, Aunty Jack.
     
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    hi to increase you security turn off remote assistance go to start right click compter, properties, then click remote, uncheck allow remote invitaions to be sent from this computer, this will stop hackers accessing your computer without your permission. You need to be an administrator to do this.
     
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    @mattrundle - good tip, but that was posted in five threads that I've seen so far. A little spam like dontcha think? :)
     
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    thanks
     
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    Here are some generic tips to keep your Windows XP operating system safe:

    • Install up-to-date and working anti-virus software. If you need a free antivirus which offers basic protection and low system resource requirements, try Microsoft Security Essentials 4.4.340.0 XP, and install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware as a secondary scanner.
    • Keep Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player up to version 8 and 11 respectively, and install the latest updates for these programs. Software that downloads or receives information from the internet uses Internet Explorer, for example.
    • Install only software you can trust or has been recommended by respectable people, such as from this community.
    • Keep all your hardware and drivers up to date. This is small but necessary.
    • Don't think 'Turn off Windows Update as support ended over a year ago', because the Malicious Software Removal Tool is still updated for Windows XP for some reason, and very rarely, updates are issued.
    • Use an alternative browser such as SeaMonkey or Qupzilla. Avoid Google Chrome or Safari, the former is known to collect everything you do on the internet (it's adware, but antimalware systems don't classify it as one, because Google would sue them billions of pounds), and Safari is not updated anymore for Windows.
    • Make regular backups of your system (I recommend once every month) in case any malware compromises your computer and stops you from using System Restore.
    • Add a password to all of your accounts, including the hidden Administrator account.
    • Alternatively, you could use a limited account for everything unless you need to do an administrative task.

    Funny enough, I don't follow nearly every single one of these tips myself, but these tips are common sense but useful.
     
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    And good free av that work on sp2?
     
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    Continuing to use your PC with the XP operating system can be risky. Which is why we wanted to offer a few tips to keep your device as secure as possible.

    Be sure you are using a security solution that offers application whitelisting technology. This will not patch the security holes, but if malware is attempting to execute on your system, a solid security platform will help to prevent an infection. PC Matic offers application whitelisting technology, and is compatible with Windows XP.
    Remove all programs that are known for security holes on their own. A few of these programs include Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader and Java. If you use these programs regularly, it is best practice to be sure they are updated to avoid any security holes that may need to be patched.
    Since your operating system cannot be updated, it is important to mitigate the risks of other security holes. Be sure all applications that you are using are up to date.
    Back up your data. Realistically, you are at a higher risk of a malware infection due to the security holes within your operating system. If you are attacked, it will be much easier to recover if you have your information backed up.
    Using XP offline will also significantly decrease the risk of malware exposure. You could also use XP on a virtual machine, which if infected would then impact only the virtual machine.
    Overall, it is important for XP users to understand the risks of using an operating system that is not only outdated, but not able to have security patches. The above steps will help mitigate the risk of a malware infection; however, in no way replace the security found on an operating system that has security patches available. If you choose to continue the use of XP, please proceed with caution.

    Ethan Stark
     
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