The "HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF" thread Reply #15 – September 09, 2006, 09:51:24 AM I am going to add a few things here, and some are just a refresh. (I know it is a year after the last post)I have found the following to work very well:1) AdAware with both messenger plug-ins set to blocked/disabled.2) Spy Bot (immunization enabled)3) Spyware Blaster (with all blocks enabled - works w/ Fire Fox too)4) Spyware Guard - keeps your browser from being hijacked: as in changes in home page, search page, etc. (BHO - Browser Help Objects)5) Keeping Windows updated (ofcourse)6) Plain text e-mail ONLY!7) Do not hide known file extensions (you would be supprised at what scanning software can miss when the extensions are hidden) Show all files & folders9) A good AV program (ofcourse)10) Ditch Windows Defender, it is a resource hogg. Use only in case of emergency then un-install!12) Go to http://www.grc.com and test your ports! You might be supprised at the results (especially if you are using AOL).13) Use Fire-Fox! AND use a pop-up blocker too!14) Ditch Outlook Express. Use the corporate version of Outlook or some other program like Thunderbird.15) Put your kids on a restricted diet. WinXP and 2K will allow you to set their login account to "Restricted". This means that much of the stuff that trys to install itself will fail, even if your kid clicks "ok".16) Close those pesky pop-ups that do get through using the "Task Manager". More often than not, cancel = ok, and no = yes. The "x" icon to close the pop-up can even be used to trigger a silent install.17) TC's excellent advice on e-mails and fishing :D 18) HijackThis for the advanced users. If you have no experience working with the registry, or have experience but are not comfortable in there, find someone who is!In addition:1) If you are on DSL/Cable and are not using either a router w/ hardware firewall or a stand alone hardware firewall, get one or get off the net!2) Get a good software firewall. Zone Alarm is good for noobs. For the more advanced user, grab Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro (Novell uses the core code as the base for their Enterprise Level "Border Manager" product).3) Use your Junk Mail Filter!