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    HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    By:-Om Prakash Nayak, www.omitsolutions.co.uk,email: info@omitsolutions.co.uk


    1. Install Anti-Virus Software - This should not even have to be listed, if you donít have anti-virus software installed, youíre asking for trouble! And if your reason for not installing anti-virus software is because itís too expensive, then that can reason can be shot down because there are several free anti-virus programs out there that are considered better than commercial software packages. Here are two of the most popular ones:

    AVG Anti-Virus - Very good and completely free.
    Avast Anti-Virus - Almost on par with AVG.
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus - Not free, but one of the best detection rates.

    2. Update All Software - Installing an anti-virus program by itself is not enough. There are hundreds of new threats that are found daily and the anti-virus programs release updates regularly to combat the new threats. Make sure you anti-virus program is set to update automatically so that you donít have to rely on your memory to do it. Also, this goes for all the software on your computer. The most important software to keep up to date is your Windows operating system. It is essential to have Automatic Updates turned on and set to download and install updates automatically.

    3. Install only Trusted Software - If youíre not sure what a piece of software does from itís name, then donít install it. Also, donít install anything you didnít intend to install in the first place. Sometimes programs will ask you to install other programs during the install of the first application. Be careful of that because itís usually spyware. Install software from big names sites only, such as Microsoft or Adobe.

    4. Avoid P2P File Sharing Software - If used with great caution, P2P software is quite useful for movies, songs and software, but if youíre not very technically savvy, you might end up downloading a song that has a keystroke logger attached to it that will send anything you type to some other computer over the Internet. Itís almost impossible to tell that this is occurring unless your anti-virus or anti-spyware programs pick it up in their scans.

    5. Delete Unknown Emails - If you receive emails from random peopleís names, do not bother to open the email, just delete it. If you have any doubts after reading the name and the subject, itís probably not someone you know. Never download or open attachments unless you are sure itís from someone you know. Give the person a call quickly and ask them if youíre not sure. Most large companies that you create online accounts with will not send you attachments unless you specifically ask for them through their web site. Also, be wary of any emails from sites pretending to be banks, auction sites, etc asking for you to verify bank account info or address info. No bank ever does that.

    6. Do not click on Ads - Avoid clicking on ads if you can. Especially those ads where something is flying around and if you shoot the duck, you win some prize! Ads have become more sophisticated in that they try to make the ad interactive so that youíll be tempted to play it like a game.

    7. Run Virus Scans Regularly - If youíre not in the mood to scan every day, at least run a scan once a week. Actually, setup a schedule for your computer in your anti-virus software to run a scan late at night or whenever you donít use your computer and that way you wonít be bothered with a slow computer.

    8. Be careful what you attach to your computer - This is a more common way to transfer viruses than you might think. Everyone now has a USB flash stick that they carry around on their key chains, ready to snap into any computer. But who knows what your viruses are on your friends computers and what accidentally got transferred to their USB stick. A lot of virus programs will auto launch right when the USB stick is put into the computer, so you donít even have to open or download any of the files to be infected.

    9. Avoid Shady Web Sites - If you need to look at porn, then make sure you do it in a virtual environment. You are DEFINITELY going to get some virus or spyware if you browse porn sites on your computer. Virtualization basically allows you to run programs like Internet Explorer in a virtual environment that does not effect your current operating system. If you want to find out more, search for ďVirtual PCĒ or ďVM WareĒ in Google. Otherwise, simply avoid going to shady web sites!

    10. Turn On or Install a Firewall - If youíre running Windows XP, make sure Windows Firewall is turned on. A firewall prevents hackers from gaining access to your computer by limiting the number of ports that are open to the public. Also, when buying a wireless router, make sure it has a built in firewall. Having a software and hardware firewall is better than just having one or the other.

    11. Secure Your Wireless Network - Most wireless routers are set to no security when you install them. Be sure to log into the router and at least set the basic security that requires a password. There are stronger encryption options, but if you donít understand those, then simply set a password on the router, otherwise anyone can connect to your home network and access everything.

    12. Use a Complex Password for Login - This means that you should already have a password to login to your computer. Not having a password at all is not a good idea. Create a password for all user accounts and make sure itís complex. Complex means it should have numbers, upper case characters, lower case characters, and symbols. This makes it way more difficult for a hacker to get into your computer.

    Anything else!?!? Please email me : info@omitsolutions.co.uk
    By:-Om Prakash Nayak, www.omitsolutions.co.uk

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    Re: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    thanks for the info..

    btw do you know how to overcome VUNDU Torjan??? my pc is infected by it.

    c u

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    Re: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by manepali
    thanks for the info..

    btw do you know how to overcome VUNDU Torjan??? my pc is infected by it.

    c u
    for Trojan.Vundo
    -download this vundu removal tool frm here to ur desktop http://www.symantec.com/content/en/u...s/FixVundo.exe
    -disconnect the internet wire
    -run this tool
    -once finished restart the pc and re-run again to make sure there is non any vundu left.
    -connect the internet wire and update ur antivrus soft and scan whole pc.
    when you are behind the current technology, remember google!!!!!!!!

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    Re: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by omitsolutions
    HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    By:-Om Prakash Nayak, www.omitsolutions.co.uk,email: info@omitsolutions.co.uk


    1. Install Anti-Virus Software - This should not even have to be listed, if you donít have anti-virus software installed, youíre asking for trouble! And if your reason for not installing anti-virus software is because itís too expensive, then that can reason can be shot down because there are several free anti-virus programs out there that are considered better than commercial software packages. Here are two of the most popular ones:

    AVG Anti-Virus - Very good and completely free.
    Avast Anti-Virus - Almost on par with AVG.
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus - Not free, but one of the best detection rates.

    2. Update All Software - Installing an anti-virus program by itself is not enough. There are hundreds of new threats that are found daily and the anti-virus programs release updates regularly to combat the new threats. Make sure you anti-virus program is set to update automatically so that you donít have to rely on your memory to do it. Also, this goes for all the software on your computer. The most important software to keep up to date is your Windows operating system. It is essential to have Automatic Updates turned on and set to download and install updates automatically.

    3. Install only Trusted Software - If youíre not sure what a piece of software does from itís name, then donít install it. Also, donít install anything you didnít intend to install in the first place. Sometimes programs will ask you to install other programs during the install of the first application. Be careful of that because itís usually spyware. Install software from big names sites only, such as Microsoft or Adobe.

    4. Avoid P2P File Sharing Software - If used with great caution, P2P software is quite useful for movies, songs and software, but if youíre not very technically savvy, you might end up downloading a song that has a keystroke logger attached to it that will send anything you type to some other computer over the Internet. Itís almost impossible to tell that this is occurring unless your anti-virus or anti-spyware programs pick it up in their scans.

    5. Delete Unknown Emails - If you receive emails from random peopleís names, do not bother to open the email, just delete it. If you have any doubts after reading the name and the subject, itís probably not someone you know. Never download or open attachments unless you are sure itís from someone you know. Give the person a call quickly and ask them if youíre not sure. Most large companies that you create online accounts with will not send you attachments unless you specifically ask for them through their web site. Also, be wary of any emails from sites pretending to be banks, auction sites, etc asking for you to verify bank account info or address info. No bank ever does that.

    6. Do not click on Ads - Avoid clicking on ads if you can. Especially those ads where something is flying around and if you shoot the duck, you win some prize! Ads have become more sophisticated in that they try to make the ad interactive so that youíll be tempted to play it like a game.

    7. Run Virus Scans Regularly - If youíre not in the mood to scan every day, at least run a scan once a week. Actually, setup a schedule for your computer in your anti-virus software to run a scan late at night or whenever you donít use your computer and that way you wonít be bothered with a slow computer.

    8. Be careful what you attach to your computer - This is a more common way to transfer viruses than you might think. Everyone now has a USB flash stick that they carry around on their key chains, ready to snap into any computer. But who knows what your viruses are on your friends computers and what accidentally got transferred to their USB stick. A lot of virus programs will auto launch right when the USB stick is put into the computer, so you donít even have to open or download any of the files to be infected.

    9. Avoid Shady Web Sites - If you need to look at porn, then make sure you do it in a virtual environment. You are DEFINITELY going to get some virus or spyware if you browse porn sites on your computer. Virtualization basically allows you to run programs like Internet Explorer in a virtual environment that does not effect your current operating system. If you want to find out more, search for ďVirtual PCĒ or ďVM WareĒ in Google. Otherwise, simply avoid going to shady web sites!

    10. Turn On or Install a Firewall - If youíre running Windows XP, make sure Windows Firewall is turned on. A firewall prevents hackers from gaining access to your computer by limiting the number of ports that are open to the public. Also, when buying a wireless router, make sure it has a built in firewall. Having a software and hardware firewall is better than just having one or the other.

    11. Secure Your Wireless Network - Most wireless routers are set to no security when you install them. Be sure to log into the router and at least set the basic security that requires a password. There are stronger encryption options, but if you donít understand those, then simply set a password on the router, otherwise anyone can connect to your home network and access everything.

    12. Use a Complex Password for Login - This means that you should already have a password to login to your computer. Not having a password at all is not a good idea. Create a password for all user accounts and make sure itís complex. Complex means it should have numbers, upper case characters, lower case characters, and symbols. This makes it way more difficult for a hacker to get into your computer.

    Anything else!?!? Please email me : info@omitsolutions.co.uk
    By:-Om Prakash Nayak, www.omitsolutions.co.uk
    Yeah...these tips can very useful for most of the PC users. Tips given like these are very useful. Installing the anti-virus software is the first step i would recommend most of the people especially when there are many freeware anti-virus software out there. Om has listed some of the names already. Remember that there is a differences between a freeware and shareware
    Quote Originally Posted by omitsolutions
    HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    By:-Om Prakash Nayak, www.omitsolutions.co.uk,email: info@omitsolutions.co.uk


    1. Install Anti-Virus Software - This should not even have to be listed, if you donít have anti-virus software installed, youíre asking for trouble! And if your reason for not installing anti-virus software is because itís too expensive, then that can reason can be shot down because there are several free anti-virus programs out there that are considered better than commercial software packages. Here are two of the most popular ones:

    AVG Anti-Virus - Very good and completely free.
    Avast Anti-Virus - Almost on par with AVG.
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus - Not free, but one of the best detection rates.

    2. Update All Software - Installing an anti-virus program by itself is not enough. There are hundreds of new threats that are found daily and the anti-virus programs release updates regularly to combat the new threats. Make sure you anti-virus program is set to update automatically so that you donít have to rely on your memory to do it. Also, this goes for all the software on your computer. The most important software to keep up to date is your Windows operating system. It is essential to have Automatic Updates turned on and set to download and install updates automatically.

    3. Install only Trusted Software - If youíre not sure what a piece of software does from itís name, then donít install it. Also, donít install anything you didnít intend to install in the first place. Sometimes programs will ask you to install other programs during the install of the first application. Be careful of that because itís usually spyware. Install software from big names sites only, such as Microsoft or Adobe.

    4. Avoid P2P File Sharing Software - If used with great caution, P2P software is quite useful for movies, songs and software, but if youíre not very technically savvy, you might end up downloading a song that has a keystroke logger attached to it that will send anything you type to some other computer over the Internet. Itís almost impossible to tell that this is occurring unless your anti-virus or anti-spyware programs pick it up in their scans.

    5. Delete Unknown Emails - If you receive emails from random peopleís names, do not bother to open the email, just delete it. If you have any doubts after reading the name and the subject, itís probably not someone you know. Never download or open attachments unless you are sure itís from someone you know. Give the person a call quickly and ask them if youíre not sure. Most large companies that you create online accounts with will not send you attachments unless you specifically ask for them through their web site. Also, be wary of any emails from sites pretending to be banks, auction sites, etc asking for you to verify bank account info or address info. No bank ever does that.

    6. Do not click on Ads - Avoid clicking on ads if you can. Especially those ads where something is flying around and if you shoot the duck, you win some prize! Ads have become more sophisticated in that they try to make the ad interactive so that youíll be tempted to play it like a game.

    7. Run Virus Scans Regularly - If youíre not in the mood to scan every day, at least run a scan once a week. Actually, setup a schedule for your computer in your anti-virus software to run a scan late at night or whenever you donít use your computer and that way you wonít be bothered with a slow computer.

    8. Be careful what you attach to your computer - This is a more common way to transfer viruses than you might think. Everyone now has a USB flash stick that they carry around on their key chains, ready to snap into any computer. But who knows what your viruses are on your friends computers and what accidentally got transferred to their USB stick. A lot of virus programs will auto launch right when the USB stick is put into the computer, so you donít even have to open or download any of the files to be infected.

    9. Avoid Shady Web Sites - If you need to look at porn, then make sure you do it in a virtual environment. You are DEFINITELY going to get some virus or spyware if you browse porn sites on your computer. Virtualization basically allows you to run programs like Internet Explorer in a virtual environment that does not effect your current operating system. If you want to find out more, search for ďVirtual PCĒ or ďVM WareĒ in Google. Otherwise, simply avoid going to shady web sites!

    10. Turn On or Install a Firewall - If youíre running Windows XP, make sure Windows Firewall is turned on. A firewall prevents hackers from gaining access to your computer by limiting the number of ports that are open to the public. Also, when buying a wireless router, make sure it has a built in firewall. Having a software and hardware firewall is better than just having one or the other.

    11. Secure Your Wireless Network - Most wireless routers are set to no security when you install them. Be sure to log into the router and at least set the basic security that requires a password. There are stronger encryption options, but if you donít understand those, then simply set a password on the router, otherwise anyone can connect to your home network and access everything.

    12. Use a Complex Password for Login - This means that you should already have a password to login to your computer. Not having a password at all is not a good idea. Create a password for all user accounts and make sure itís complex. Complex means it should have numbers, upper case characters, lower case characters, and symbols. This makes it way more difficult for a hacker to get into your computer.

    Anything else!?!? Please email me : info@omitsolutions.co.uk
    By:-Om Prakash Nayak, www.omitsolutions.co.uk

    Yeah, these types of computer tips are very useful for all users.......i like information sharing...Good to know that we do have these in this forum. I would like to add few more advices on what has already been given....out here.

    1. I would definitely recommend the users to install the Anti-virus software the first thing when they get their pc, after all OM has already mentioned that there are already so many free anti-virus software out in the web. He has already listed some of the few good company names. What users need to know more about free software is the difference between the freeware and shareware. Freeware can be used by urself as long as u want but as for shareware, they do give you a certain usage and function limitation. Also, enable your anti-virus as realtime so that it can detect any virus realtime...

    2. Updating software application and system OS is also very important. No application or OS programmed are free from flaws. Manufactures put up updates on the websites for theirs users to update their OS or applications. Have weekly update your application or OS if you do not want to do it automatically. And do the updates when you are not busy doing your work on the system, but it all depends on your CPU processor, RAM..etc....

    3. Installing software you are not aware of can be dangerous. My advice is search the website for past users review who had already tested the application(s). Put some time on your research as reviews can set aside your headaches later on....

    4. I would not recommend a basic system users to use P2P. Understanding how P2P application function is very important...with advance control functions to choose from...slight miss configuration would do a lot of damage to your system. Be very extra cautious if you want to install and use these type of P2P software applications. There are many P2P application for free...but avoid them if possible.

    5. If you do not know the sender, don't open that attachment(s). Some updated anti-virus do detect virus when opened but leave no chance for that...prevention is better than cure.... Also, some anti-virus application like Norton has this phishing option enable to prevent you from going to fraud sites. Have it enables as toolbar in your browser. Mozilla firefox has add-on tools such as WOT for checking these types of sites and will give you warning if you visit any fraud sites. WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Internet explorer 8 is out as beta version and this browser has build-in application like WOT does. Download it and try it out...but remember...IE8 is only in beta version...meaning...it is not fully...for use yet...but only for testing.....

    6. Some online ad are ok but some are not. As mentioned on section 5, have the WOT enabled to block these sites....

    7. Full system scan can detect any hidden (dormant) virus....if you are lazy......scan your system files...and the folders that are actively been used. But i recommend...a full scan anytime you prefer.....

    8. Scan your USB drive before using it..ALL THE TIME....

    9. With WOT enabled....it will prevent you from entering these types of websites.....update your WOT too...once in a week....remember section 2?

    10. Windows has build-in firewall so enabled it....and the default setting will be in place to ward off most of the hackers... You can also install this freeware software called "spy terminator". It has many features...spyware detector, internet security, HIPS (host intrusion prevention system)...etc. Of course, i would not recommend you to use any applications that can do all. One small mis-configuration, and the tunnel is open....you know what i mean....

    Hope this add more spice to what Om has already given to you guys.....good luck...

    Good to be in UK....
    cheers..
    UKbound's Husband......

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    Re: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    This is a very informative post. I can only imagine how the number of people who experience virus in the pcs or laptops. prevention is still better than cure.
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    Re: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM VIRUS,SPYWARE

    Thank you very much

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    Good one Omit. Quite a lot of information though !

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    In my point of view followings are the best anti virus to protection of your computer.
    Comodo Internet Security Plus 2013.
    Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013.
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013.
    Avira Antivirus Premiums 2013.
    Norton Antivirus 2013.
    F-Secure Antivirus 2013.
    AVG Antivirus 2013.
    G Data Antivirus 2013.
    Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus 2013.
    Avast ! Pro Antivirus 7.

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    OP no disrespect but you should quote source

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    There are many ways to keep your computer clean from viruses and malware. I think using a updated antivirus and Cc-Cleaner is very necessary for making your computer virus free. Don't use virus affected External data transfer sources like Pd's and Hard-drives without scanning them properly.

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