Anti-Virus for Windows XP?

08-20-2014, 02:32 AM
I have to admit I've found most solutions to be a pain in the seated place, I used to go whole hog but business practices seem to have changed these days and I would have trouble recommending anything that isn't an irritant. I do allow MSE to do its thing (but can't help with the XP question sorry) and regularly do scans.
08-20-2014, 04:04 AM
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My real problem with Antivirus is probably based on my past I used to write my own Remote Access Server/Client programs when I was learning to program and tested them against various AntiVirus just to see what would happen.

Basically absolutely nothing they didn't detect it that then led to me playing with available ones that were detected it became apparent it was very easy to turn them undetected using various exe packers like UPX or simply changing a byte or two in a hex editor.

Before that I did use Antivirus a lot like everyone else but found it pretty useless the single time I did get a real nasty virus was way back on Windows 95 and it was a pretty destructive one it basically added itself to every exe file on the whole system which broke most of them including Norton which refused to run. I'll add I did manage to fix this one using a dos virus scanner run from a floppy then re-installing a lot of the broken programs so not even that forced me to reinstall windows.

My honest advice

Use one if it makes you feel better maybe it may even save you one day I personally don't think it's worth it but if you do though make sure to get one with good heuristics as the rest only go by known signatures I think the best is NOD32 but that's personal opinion.

Use chrome or firefox as internet explorers always been a weak link

If you really want be extra safe run a scriptblocker like noscript

Don't ever install Java if you can help it if you do update it a lot.

Don't ever install Adobe PDF Reader use an alternative like Foxit.

Use common sense when installing things and be very wary of anything bundled in the installs basically be ready to untick toolbars etc oh and avoid all installs from cnet I've heard a lot of bad things about those lately if you can always get the installer from the programs actual site.

Try to learn what should actually be running on your system and what starts with it maybe take a few screenshots of the start up in msconfig to refer back to them if you need to.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
08-20-2014, 05:28 AM
I still prefer to have one installed on my PC. I just based which on the reviews I read online, mostly tech sites. Currently using Avira.
11-19-2014, 09:53 PM
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11-21-2014, 11:57 AM
An application control program will offer more protection than a standard antivirus so i'd go with something like

What ever free antivirus. Bitdefender, Avast etc. Lots of decent options but don't pay for it

Malwarebytes free as an on demand scanner

Appguard or something like it. This is the crucial part as it wont allow anything to run beyond what you let it. You could also go full paranoia and use something like Shadow Defender which will freeze your pc, resetting all changes on reboot but it's kind of a hassle

For browser use HTTPSwitchboard with Chrome or Noscript with Firefox (though Firefox is falling increasingly behind on security, at least on modern windows versions). If you can run Internet Explorer 11 on XP that's also fine, just enable enhanced protection mode and subscribe to the tracking lists which will also double as an adblocker

No java. No. Baaaad. Same with Flash unless you absolutely need it in which case don't and use Chrome's built in flash player instead. Get an open source PDF reader as well

All that being said, since XP is no longer supported i'd definitely advice to update your OS instead. If it's just an internet and office machine get an easy to install linux like Ubuntu. It's very easy to install, it can run alongside XP and you'll be much more secure than you'll ever be on XP
11-21-2014, 07:17 PM
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Location: Upstate NY/USA
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Highly recommend buying Kaspersky also as it blends right into a pc without notice and detects the most current virus's. I value my pc's so its been worth the price to keep them running for years mainly from quality antivirus program's. Knowing how to avoid malware, virus's sites using good web surfing skills helps but a quality antivirus program will add to the security of any pc.
I don't just feel good about being secure but Kaspersky actually does the job.

Last edited by Coldar; 11-21-2014 at 07:21 PM. Reason: word correction