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The Guide to Locking Down a PC

By: Brett Leahy

Blog: https://tysonmax20042003.wordpress.com

First of all, you want to get a list of security programs that you want to implement and do research of new and old variability’s on the OS that you can change manually. First of all windows variability’s are now and not changed on XP to this day but I don’t know about Vista is. UPNP (Universal Plug & Play), Windows Raw Sockets, Windows Messenger Service (NOT MSN), Windows MICE Detection, DECOM Modulator (Taming Windows’ Dangerous DCOM / RPC System), Also, you should try some free programs from GRC.com (Gibson Research Center) (Steve Gibson) to get rid of all the variability’s listed above. And other programs such as

Windows XP Critical Variability fix

<  Patch Work (Finds holes in windows that hackers used and holes found that can be used)

Securable (finds how secure your CPU is and vendibilities in 32 or 64 bit version of windows and variability’s in motherboard)

Windows MICE Detection

Noshare/Letshare (allows or does not allow NetBIOS traffic on local network )

Or you can also add

Secunia (finds software on the PC that has vendibilities and also your operation system, also free for home users but businesses have to pay a small fee.)

MSAL (Microsoft Security Assessment Tool) (this gives you a survey you answer to see how secure your network or PC security is.)

MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) (for IT Professionals) (Scans for vendibilities in windows and windows settings and more)

Now you are done the basic of protection, now you can:

Virus protection and threat protection:

You can now pick one of the fallowing Anti-Virus programs:

Norton (I had bad experiences with Norton…Great firewall when it works and does not conflict with OS firewall)/MacAfee/AVG/Zone Alarm/Panda/Eeyed (Commercial)

avast! antivirus Home Edition (Avast! Is free for home use but you have to pay if it is for small to large businesses)

Moon Secure/ClamAV (Free open source)

Spybot Search and Destroy (Stops spyware and also adds rouge internet sites to the Windows host file)

Free AVG (Grisoft)/ Lavasoft Stuff Paid

AVG offers programs such as anti-virus and other features for home use but for extra protection you have to pay for.

Ad-Aware (this stops pop-up’s and adware)

Anti-rootkit (stops rouge viruses or software that is doing harm to your system)

Now the following is a program that is used to track and block bad IP’s and IP’s from governments and schools, research facilities and MPAA and Anti-Piracy IP’s.

Peer Guardian (monitors all internet traffic from UDP and TCP communication and Stops traffic from rouge internet sites)

The following is a program from grc.com called leaktest it tests your firewall to see if any non authorized programs like itself and viruses can access the web without your permission.

Leak Test (Finds if your firewall will stop internet activity from rogue programs or viruses)

Other Software you Might Need:

Tor (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP traffic through 3 random tor nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption)(Free and Open Source)

I2P (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP and UDP traffic through 4 random nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption) (Free and Open Source)

Firefox (Very secure FREE open source Web browser with many web extensions that can make your web experience more safe and convenient at the same time. ) (Free and Open Source)

True Crypt (encrypts your hard drive so no one can open it without the password) (Free and Open Source)

Defraggler (rearranges files to free up room) (Freeware)

CCleaner (Crap Cleaner)(Gets rid of temporary files that you don’t need and takes up unneeded room)(Freeware)

Links for items you see on this page!

avast! antivirus Home Edition

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

Windows XP Critical Variability fix

Patch Work (Finds holes in windows that hackers used and holes found that can be used)

Securable (finds how secure your CPU is and vendibilities in 32 or 64 bit version of windows and variability’s in motherboard)

<!  Windows MICE Detection

Noshare/Letshare (allows or does not allow NetBIOS traffic on local network )

Leak Test (Finds if your firewall will stop internet activity from rogue programs or viruses)

And more…

http://www.grc.com/freepopular.htm

Secunia (finds software on the PC that has vendibilities and also your operation system, also free for home users but businesses have to pay a small fee.)

http://psi.secunia.com/

MSAL (Microsoft Security Assessment Tool) (this gives you a survey you answer to see how secure your network or PC security is.)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d79df9c-c6d1-4e8f-8000-0be72b430212&displaylang=en

MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) (for IT Professionals) (Scans for vendibilities in windows and windows settings and more)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f32921af-9dbe-4dce-889e-ecf997eb18e9&DisplayLang=en

Moon Secure/ClamAV (Free open source)

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=169560

Spybot Search and Destroy (Stops spyware and also adds rouge internet sites to the Windows host file)

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

Peer Guardian (monitors all internet traffic from UDP and TCP communication and Stops traffic from rouge internet sites)

http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

I2P (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP and UDP traffic through 4 random nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption) (Free and Open Source)

http://www.i2p2.de/download.html

Tor (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP traffic through 3 random tor nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption)(Free and Open Source)

http://www.torproject.org/download.html.en

Firefox (Very secure FREE open source Web browser with many web extensions that can make your web experience more safe and convenient at the same time. ) (Free and Open Source)

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.0.1&os=win&lang=en-US

True Crypt (encrypts your hard drive so no one can open it without the password)(Free and Open Source)

http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php

Defraggler (rearranges files to free up room) (Freeware)

http://www.defraggler.com/download

CCleaner (Crap Cleaner)(Gets rid of temporary files that you don’t need and takes up unneeded room)(Freeware)

http://www.ccleaner.com/download

Anti-Rootkit (stops rouge viruses or software that is doing harm to your system)

http://download.grisoft.cz/softw/70/filedir/inst/avgarkt/avgarkt-setup-1.1.0.42.exe (Direct Link)

Ad-Aware (this stops pop-up’s and adware)

http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

AVG (Home Edition/Business)(Full Protection)

http://www.grisoft.com/ww.home-and-office-security

AVG FREE Edition

http://free.avg.com/ww.download?prd=afe

Eeye (Free Edition but have to sign up)

http://free-antivirus.eeye.com/

Eeye (Commercial)(Full Protection)

http://shop.eeye.com/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayHomePage&SiteID=eeyeinc&Locale=en_US&Env=BASE

Zone Alarm (Free!!!!!!! Firewall ONLY!!!!!)

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/zonealarm_free_firewall.jsp

Zone Alarm (Full Protection)

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/catalog_main.jsp

Panda (Full Protection/ Free) (requires registration)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/activescan/register/

Norton (I had bad experiences with Norton…Great firewall when it works and does not conflict with OS firewall) (Full Protection)

http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=new-2008

McAfee (Full Protection)

http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=276&cid=25636

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