New Laptop, Security First
Just picked up a Lenovo ThinkPad T500. Just trying to get all the crapware uninstalled and get security tight before anything else. However I am relatively unfamiliar with firewalls etc. My old desktop I was running Avast! for anti-virus duty, and Comodo Firewall with the standard Windows Firewall disabled. However, I am under the impression that some of the "pay" programs do a better job. So I have decided to go this route with the new laptop. So far, I have the McAfee 60 day free trial that came with the computer taking care of the anti-virus side of things.
In the McAfee Security Center, the list of protections for "Computer & Files" is as follows:
With these protections running, am I sufficiently guarded from virus's and other spyware? Anything else I should add? Any of these processes that I dont need?
The list of protections for "Internet & Network" are as follows:
-Windows Firewall Enabled
Again, I am under the impression that the standard Windows Firewall isn't the most effective. Would I be better off disabling this and using the McAfee Firewall? If so, I installed just the anti-virus software for now, and then the McAfee Installation Icon disappeared. Is there a way I can go back and install this?
The list of protections for "E-Mail & IM" is as follows:
-E-Mail Virus Protection
-E-Mail Spyware Protection
-IM Virus Protection
-IM Spyware Protection
With everything that is running so far, am I sufficiently protected from virus's, spyware, and other malware? Thanks in advance for any advice.