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great information for protecting your PC
If you have been on the internet for any
length of time you will know that viruses, spyware, malware is out there. In
order to combat these issues you should protect yourself by taking steps to
ensure safe, reliable surfing by using anti-virus software, and teaming that
up with anti-spyware programs. Below you will find information regarding
these issues and more, plus links to some free downloadable tools. As we are
in the computer repair business we see that so many folks are unaware to
these issues, so we would like to share this information with you!
is Ad ware & Spyware?
Learn more about spyware
Unexplained computer behavior
Virus removal tools The did you know
One more thing to keep in mind, if a box
pops up asking you to install something, and you did not click on something
to ask for the download, be very aware that it could be on of these listed
above. Also watch out for those pretty screen saver downloads, if you did
not go out looking for a screen saver download, chances are you wont need
this screen saver download either as it may contain a problem too.
Ensure that your computer is
protected by a firewall. All computers connected to a network should be
protected by a firewall. If you use a computer at home which is connected to
the internet, use either a hardware or software firewall such as ZoneAlarm. Or,
if you have broadband and you use an ADSL modem, consider replacing it with a
router that includes a firewall.
Install Antivirus software and
update it often. Around 50 new viruses are written every week. If you don't
update your virus scanner, it will be ignorant of new viruses and thus
completely unable to prevent them from infecting your computer and accessing
your personal files.
that Windows is configured to automatically download and install critical
security updates as soon as they are released. If you don't do this, and you
fail to install a critical patch, your computer will be vulnerable to all
newly-discovered security problems. For example, the recent Sasser worm managed
to bypass all antivirus software, and infect millions of computers which did not
have the latest security patches installed. If you'd rather install
updates manually, click on Windows Update from the Start menu on a regular basis
(at least once a week).
The best way to protect your
computer from disaster is to back up your important data regularly. If your
computer has a Zip drive or CD writer, copy your important documents,
spreadsheets and other files every so often. If you don't have these, use
floppy disks or consider buying a USB data stick, which is a "no moving parts"
disk drive that you simply plug into the USB connector and can then carry around
on your key ring.
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