and yepper, I surely was using an admin account. I've set up a non admin account, made a few other changes (described inside), hoping to find out from The Hive Mind if I am now safe enough to breathe easy(er).
Ya'll put the fear of computer death into me, I finally decided to check and yeah, I was doing it wrong wrong wrong
. So I set about trying to get my mind (and puter) right in the eyes of The Hive Mind.
I set up an account without Admin rights, and will use this for most everything from now on.
I left both accounts without passwords because of reading this post
-- is this a good plan, or is this guy off the wall?
I am using a fairly fresh XP install (maybe two months) and I'm pretty sure I'm still clean -- I've run Spybot and AdAware, updated as needed, maybe every couple weeks.
I'm using AVG Anti-Virus Free and update it as it says it's needed.
I'm using the ZoneAlarm free firewall -- I LOVE that it allows me to determine when software decides to 'call home' and I get to decide -- Apple is pretty determined with this, I've found, and so is Open Office, a few others.
I've got Windows Auto Update turned on but not to auto download and install -- I want it to prompt me and let me decide if and when.
I'm using MS Windows Defender and upgrading as it suggests.
I'm using Firefox 3 upgraded automatically any time they suggest, and running AdBlock Plus and NoScript, updated when suggested.
If any site gives me problems in Firefox, I first try Opera (updated as needed) and then IE7, last resort. I run IE Tab through Firefox rather than firing up IE7, and I only use it on sites that demand IE7 (NetFlix, Sprint, a couple of others) -- I'm hoping this helps me but I don't actually know if it adds safety or not. I update IE7 as Windows Update suggests, pretty sure I'm always current.
I'm using Foxit PDF rather than Adope bloatware.
"Aye" suggested Disabliing all AutoRun and AutoPlay options with TweakUI
(a Microsoft PowerToy) is this needed/wanted?
What have I missed? Where have I gone overboard? I want safety but don't want to live locked down so hard I cannot move.
Thanx in advance.