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    You read a lot about malware downloads being installed without consent to hijack computers. Is surfing as a Guest, with its limited privledges, when combined wiht something like Zone Alarm, enough to prevent such attacks? TYIA

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    It may be contributory when one looks at an overall security picture, but it's not the say all and do all of good security practice.
    I don't run my set up or use my browser in any limited user account and I can't recall having any problems with malware infection from purly a browsing point.

    Security, essentially, will always come down to the behavior of the user.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torquemada View Post
    Is surfing as a Guest, with its limited privledges, when combined wiht something like Zone Alarm, enough to prevent such attacks?
    Do you mean using a Windows "Guest" account rather than logging in? If the Guest account cannot install software or change the registry, that is, if it has very limited privileges on the system, then that would be better than surfing with admin privileges. Of course, either way, you should ensure that Windows and your browser and your browser plugins (e.g., Flash, PDF) are fully patched up, your antivirus software is current, and consider using a web reputation service to avoid known badware sites.

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    As Clint mentioned, user browsing habits have a lot of bearing on malware attacks, that is if you often go to sites that are known bad sites for these sort of problems (i.e. porn sites, etc) then your chances of attack are much greater. Having a good up to date AV and AM and occ. scanning with other products is key. I use MSE because it's free and includes both AV and antimalware in one product. I have this running in real time with a weekly scan. In addition I weekly scan with Spybot Search and Destroy and MalwareBytes I find that more than one AV and AM should not be running in real time (running in the background) at the same time as they may conflict with each other. With a little work you can keep your PC safe. Keep everything up to date and have fun. It does not consume a lot of time to do these weekly tasks.
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    I use MSE & Spybot Search and Destroy.

    Lately I've been running into this "TrojanDownloader:JS/Renos", MSE has always caught it though.
    Found while doing random web searches. Run MSE from the taskbar and close out browser window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I use MSE & Spybot Search and Destroy.

    Lately I've been running into this "TrojanDownloader:JS/Renos", MSE has always caught it though.
    Found while doing random web searches. Run MSE from the taskbar and close out browser window.
    There are many of these nefarious s/w products that want us to click to download them, and then have to work very hard to get rid of them. The best answer for many is to delete them, through Task Manager without allowing them to get onto your PC. I personally have not seen one in a very long time, but I fear it's only a matter of time. That's the biggest reason I keep all our PCs up to date as much as possible. It only takes me an hour or so once per week to do everything. I consider this time well spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    The best answer for many is to delete them, through Task Manager without allowing them to get onto your PC.
    By the time something shows up in Task Manager as a running process it is already on your PC and has had plenty of time to do whatever it wants.

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