|My son has a couple of laptops, one of which is located in the living room, in front of the bigscreen TV, so that any of us can use it to go online, or whatever.|
He's a young, idealistic guy, who doesn't like anything on his computer that slows it down. As a result of this care-free attitude, he eschews anti-virus programs, and even rarely, if ever, does Windows updates. He, however, has given me permission to spend time securing his computer, as long as I don't install something that has "realtime protection", which he feels will slow things down.
He has also told me that he's fine with updates and such, as long as the above rule is not broken.
So, I just downloaded and installed 17 Windows Updates, to bring that up to date.
Now, I'm looking at his "Security Center" (He's using Vista), and seeing that the only thing that is active is "Windows Defender". I'm not sure yet what that does. I'll have to look it up.
We are using a wireless router, and sharing the network between two or three computers here.
What about MSE? Will that conflict with Defender? Are they both antivirus programs?
My plan of attack? Since I've done the Windows Updates, I think next I'll begin using some of the tools I was introduced to in another thread here.
I'll firstly install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and use it.
Then, perhaps, MSE, and another scan.
Then, AdwCleaner, and another scan.
Then, perhaps, ESET, and do a scan.
Not experiencing any particular problems, except perhaps a bit of slowness at times, I'm hesitant to go further than these, unless I know something is amiss.
I'm just trying, here, to strengthen what I consider to be the weakest link in our LAN security, and preserve the health of his laptop, for the good of all, my wife included. She spends most of the time on this laptop, immersed for hours at a time in Facebook and Pinterest, "liking" and "pinning" things 'til the cows come home.
I just downloaded and double clicked on the setup file for SIW (recommended by OTHill), in order to get a look at his system, but can't find where it installed to. I'm thinking maybe it didn't install, since I can't find it in 'add-remove programs' or doing a search. He might have this set up for admin only.?
Requesting help. TIA.
Also, I noticed that when I tried to update the system info on this post, for HIS system, it didn't "take". It's still showing MY system, upstairs.