Pretty simple. I have to open an email attachment from a vendor I dont trust. Well I do trust them but they just got hit with ransom ware so I need to be absolutely sure I dont Bork my own system.
Thanks for the Input!
First, save the attachment to drive.
DO NOT OPEN IT FROM EMAIL!
If they give you a web link, be very careful.
Then check the extension. Is it what you expected? PDF, XLS, ZIP?
Scan with what ever you have.
Windows Defender is pretty good.
Most AV allow you to upload file to scan on their web site.
I use Avira and Zonealarm Firewall.
Zonealarm will ask for permission before any new program do anything.
Thanks! I sent it to total virus first and I'm about to scan with Mbam now
I wish to know whether you need a separate anti-virus software if there is embedded Windows Defender available.
You don't need to.
Unless you're looking for something specific.
Something specific ???
I do lot of online purchase and online banking as well. Therefore I should to whether Windows Defender is enough for this purpose.
I use Avira Prime.
It has VPN and Password manager.
VPN for using internet on public wifi.
It will go on sale all the time. Don't pay full price.
Avira antivirus has free version.
I also use Zonealarm firewall. Its free.
It can detect and block background activity.
But it maybe too complicated for you.
I usually go through every year consumer report and decide which one to buy. This year it is “TOTAL AV” last year it was McAfee before that it was KASPERSKY and so on. I haven’t seen yours before.
Top 10 Best Antivirus Software (2020)
Great you're way ahead from lots of people.
Let just say I have very special needs
I have a Linux image on VBox for various reasons, when I have an email I'm skeptical of I'll fire up that VM and open the email there. If that VM gets snookered I'm not out much. A bit unhandy is getting to the emial in a client, my work email is not set up in the VM. I usually sign into the webmail from browser and open from there.
Maybe not a good suggestion for everyone, but it works for me.
That's like using SandBoxMe right? I remember that from when I was kid for, Ahem, Scientific Research
Windows has VM, depend on the version (Pro).
Most don't know and don't use it.
Justin Pires wrote: That's like using SandBoxMe right? I remember that from when I was kid for, Ahem, Scientific Research
Justin Pires wrote:
I've been using Oracle Virtual Box for a few years, used to be VirtualBox OSE when it was from Sun IIRC. There may be better out there I don't know, it works for me and I don't have to constantly puts with it, just a tool. There's some other programs in Linux repos that I like to use now and then so it's handy to have access to them at work when needed. It allows sharing/mapping folders from the Host to the Client and bidirectional clipboard so I can move stuff back and forth as needed. Still do the antivirus scan in windows if you move the file to windows, I don't know much about scans in Linux, haven't needed them yet. What I like is I can follow links in the email with less chance of disaster or contained exposure. I would avoid forwarding or replying to the email from any client.
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