How can I improve my Windows XP security settings?

jack February 15, 2011

I’m using Windows XP with one anti-virus software, one anti-spyware tool and one (Windows default) Firewall. Would it be wise to have another anti-spyware and Firewall software, e.g. ZoneAlarm installed?

  1. Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I suggest you do not reinstall your Windows XP or take it to an computer expert for repair, it may cost you some time or result in losing data, or cost some money.

    You can totally reset the password by yourself by creating a bootable cd with these Windows password recovery tool, such as Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 , Ophcrack, Windows Password Key .

  2. Harindudilshan95
    February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    windows security essentials run perfectly on windows XP. It contains anti spy ware and an anti virus. I recommend to use security essentials. You can also use another firewall like comado. But security essential upgrade the normal windows firewall

    • Aibek
      February 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Another vote for Microsoft Security Essentials here. Highly recommended
      for Windows users.

  3. James Bruce
    February 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Since Windows XP is officially expired in terms of support from microsoft, you really ought to upgrade to Windows 7 and apply regular security patches. Sorry if thats not the answer you are looking for, but no amount of anti-virus software is going to protect you from gaping holes in the operating system.

    • Susendeep dutta
      February 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

      But Microsoft is continuing to provide security updates till 2014 for windows xp sp3.And some editions of Windows 7 comes with original windows xp sp3, which is used in Microsoft virtual machine integrated to run older programs.

  4. Mike
    February 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Instead of using multiple Firewalls, AV software etc. I would try to find one which works fine for you.

    For example if you have a decent software Firewall there is no need to have the Windows Firewall running ~ security doesn't really stack. In contrast it might just give you a hard to to set everything up.

    If you have a desktop computer and usually surf from home it's questionable if you even need to use one since all current Routers have decent Firewalls included which work fine unless you have some kind of an archrival who is eager to hack into your network.

    Pretty much the same applies to AntiVirus (with a few exceptions). Most of the time having multiple AV Tools installed they will interfere with each other, might use up all system ressources or even detect each other as malicious software.

    To find out which AV Tools has the edge at the moment I suggest to look at the following link:

    As mentioned by ha14 the free version of Immunet is also worth to check out. It's (kind of) the new official ClamAV for Windows and is one of the few exceptions since it perfectly works alongside Microsoft Security Essentials and some others.

  5. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

    you can instal a cloud antimalwar like Immunet the free version
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    Immunet is up to 35 times lighter than traditional antivirus solutions
    Immunet provides cloud-based protection that is always up-to-date against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, trojans, and keyloggers without slowing down your PC. No need to download any virus signature files!

    February 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Hello, it is recommended to have only one antivirus and one firewall installed on any system. With regards to the default firewall included with xp, I would advise you to use a different firewall. The default firewall included with xp, is not as configurable as the default firewall included with vista/windows7. Also, by default the default firewall of xp, is only configured for incoming connections, not outgoing. You have to manually
    change the setting for the xp firewall to cover outgoing connections. A good choice would be Comodo firewall. Comodo firewall is free and once you download the package, you have a choice of installing it with in three different configurations. The first option is only the firewall, the second option is firewall and intrusion detection and the third choice is the firewall with intrusion detection(ids), and host intrusion prevention system (hips). I have not used Zone Alarm in a long time. It used to be really good, but I can not give you any info on it now.

    With regards to antivirus software there are many choices available. There are a few free choices that do the job. Microsoft Security Essentials is the antivirus provided by microsoft for free. It is a good antivirus scanner and it is light on resources. Avast free edition is pretty good too and light on resources.

    If you want to buy an antivirus, nod32 and kaspersky are pretty good. Both the freeware choices and the these paid ones include antispyware protection. Karspersky and nod32 provide trials of their software if you want to try them before buying:

    With regards to antyspyware I have no hesitation on recommending the free versions of Malwarebyters and SuperAntiSpyware. They have the same options as the paid versions except with the free version you do not get the real time protection.

    You can install both of these softwares on your computer. That way, you can double check that the other did not miss something. The reason you can install both of these, is because if you have the free version, you do not have the real time protection enable. If you were to have a paid version of either of these two, you still can install them as long as only one is running real time protection and the other one is for manual scans. Hope it helps.

  7. Susendeep dutta
    February 16, 2011 at 4:59 am

    In order to improve your security of windows OS, you must install only one antivirus and use no other security suite.You must turn on windows update,windows firewall.

    If you want the features of firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware , then you must take a commercial antivirus like Avast internet security , being light on resources and easy to use.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:14 am

    i can read my e-mail but can't go to any web sight because of a password but don't know the password

    • Tina
      February 16, 2011 at 4:31 am


      I recommend that you post a new question.

      To help us answer your question, please specify where exactly you are being asked to enter a password. What do you do? Do you try to open a link from within an eMail? If so, where do you read your eMail? Which browser are you using?

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