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#1 Chris

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:31 AM

Hey there, so my new laptop will arrive in the next few days and I want to ask for advice again. Is there a good tutorial for setting up windows 10 (especially updates), which firewall programs can you recommend (I use avast with my old one), are there good strategies to keep all the programs/files organized, what browser do you use, what programs can you recommend for further protection and so like https everywhere and no script?

#2 Jamian

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 09:03 AM

Windows 10 should set itself up, and it already comes with a firewall (Windows Defender).

 

You only need to make sure a website uses "https" when you have to enter sensitive data (like a password).


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:10 PM

I hear a lot about issues with automatic windows updates making problems. And is Windows Defender itself enough? I didn't use extra stuff like VPN or so with my old one, just avast. I also never had an issue with avast hindering me, so I am not against it from that standpoint.

"https everywhere" and "no script" are two add-ons Saffith recommended in another topic I asked for advice.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 04:53 PM

After my Avast (I think?) free trial ended, I just used Windows Defender. So far it's fine. No annoying popups asking you to buy, no scans 24/7....a lot easier to deal with and forget imo.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:31 PM

Honestly, the best thing you can do is not go on suspicious sites, download only from links you trust, etc. etc. i.e. just the advice everyone gives. As far as I'm aware, there are no perfect antiviruses out there, and I've heard of people going without any.
Although, there are some free malware removal programs (I feel like CCleaner worked for that, but I can't remember entirely) which are pretty good.
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#6 Chris

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 02:40 AM

No way I'm completely staying away from suspicious sites, I'm a guy after all ;)

I actually just use free avast and and it helped me more than once. Same goes for McAfee WebAdvisor. Though no idea, how Windows Defender compares to it.


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