10 Steps To Follow For A Malware - Virus Free Computer

Are You Secure

How much time and money have you spent in having your computer repaired because you have become infected with viruses and malware ?

Infection from virus’s , malware can be avoided if you follow some simple BEHAVIOURAL rules.

Remember if you get infected it is YOUR fault not your computer's.

The first point to remember is that running antivirus software will not prevent you getting a virus.

Antivirus software is only there in the hope that once you have a virus on your computer it maybe able to remove it.

Here are 10 points to follow that should mean an infection free computer.

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NUMBER 1

  • Update your operating system regularly.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates on Windows and apply all critical updates immediately.
  • Check optional updates on a regular basis , they can in some cases trigger off critical updates.
  • Microsoft issue updates on the second Wednesday of every month so check on the the third week of every month
  • Windows 10 will ensure that updates are done

NUMBER 2

  • Update your software
    PDF readers , Office , Adobe Flash & Adobe Reader and Java are responsible for numerous infections unless patched.

NUMBER 3

  • Don’t open email attachments unless you know that the person sending it to you , really sent it.
  • Viruses and Malware will more often than not come from someone you know.
  • Email attachments are the number one way that viruses , trojan horses and malware can get onto your computer
  • Beware of zip files - do not open them unless you are 100% certain they have been sent from a known reliable source

NUMBER 4

  • Make sure HTML in e-mail is turned off as just by previewing these e-mails you can be infected especially if your computer is not fully patched.
  • HTML e-mail can hide the actual destination of that link so this is another reason to turn off HTML in your email.

 NUMBER 5

  • Don’t click links in e-mails.
  • You could be taken to a phishing site and this may lead you to install malicious software.You should copy and paste the link into your browser or type the link into your browser.
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NUMBER 6

  • You should only download files from places you know are absolutely safe.
  • The use of file sharing software often means you will download malware and Trojans without knowing.
  • If you download files you should quarantine them in a folder and then scan them a few days later with an updated antivirus software.
  • Beware of downloading " Free " software as most sites that host " free " software are a hotbed for malware infections

NUMBER 7

  • Have a firewall , your broadband router is the best firewall and there is a built in firewall to Windows Vista and Windows 7/ 8 / 10 which is turned on by default
  • There is no need to buy an additional firewall solution

NUMBER 8

  • You should browse the Internet with the latest editions of browsers Google Chrome , Internet Explorer or Firefox

NUMBER 9

  • Switch to a web based e-mail program such as G Mail / Outlook.com which will scan your emails before they arrive on your computer.
  • Gmail is probably the best solution on grabbing spam

NUMBER 10

Have an antivirus solution , the FREE one I recommend is the Microsoft Security Essentials program or Defender in Windows 8 , 8.1 or 10 ( built in ) and the PAID one I recommend is NOD32

However Norton , Kaspersky , Trend are just fine to use but you really do need to run one of the above.

Remember if you get infected it really is your fault.

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How To Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 10

Windows 10

Windows 10 is a great operating system but sometimes things can go wrong so you may want to boot into "safe mode".

Booting into safe mode is very similar to Windows 8 and essentially there are 4 ways to do this.

Details of booting into " safe mode ' in Windows 10 can be found here ; 4 Ways To Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 10

How To Run The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft have software to remove malware and virus infections and is updated every month through Windows update.

However there are no indications of how to run it through the program menu.

If you suspect you may have an infection it is worthwhile running it.

So how do you run it?

First you need to enter - MRT - in the search of either Windows 7 , 8 , or 10

 

Windows 10 

Windows 10 

Windows 7 start

Windows 7 start

A description will then appear

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

Then choose the type of scan you would like .

I would pick the full scan which can take several hours to run.

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

At the end you will see the results.

Remember this is not a replacement for your antirus software or for not keeping your operating system and software up to date.

Stop Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading & Disable Automatic Updates

Windows 10

Stop Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading

So you do not want to go to Windows 10 as you are happy with Windows 7 or 8 but the Windows 10 upgrade keeps nagging you or downloads when you don't have the data to cope with the download.

Here are links to explain how to stop the upgrade from downloading:

How To Stop The Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading On Your System

Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates

You may be on an internet connection that only has a small amount of data but Windows updates are using all your data.

Even though I strongly believe you should leave Windows Updates to download you can prevent Windows 10 from doing this automatically.

How To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates

How To Prevent Windows 10 From Automatically Downloading Updates




2 Apps & 1 Piece Of Annoying Technology

The Leaving Work App

Let’s say you like to let your spouse , partner or family member know when you’re on your way home from work.

It’s easy enough to send them a text, but Leaving Work can do this for you automatically.

You download the app, allow it access to your location, then save your recipient’s phone number. The app figures out when you’ve left work by accessing your GPS location.

When it detects you’ve left work, it will automatically text the number you’ve saved.

You can customise the text of the message, and you can also set the hours during which the app works (helpful if you leave the office for lunch).

You can also pause it whenever you feel like it. There’s no need for the recipient to have the app installed, either; they will just get your message as a regular text.

App Store link 

The Sip & Slide Whistle Spoon 

he soothing sounds of music. When paired with a nice meal, the notes waft through the air, mingling with the scent of the food, creating an atmosphere that is at once delicate and intimate.

And then there is the slide whistle. The comedic counterpart. 

The Fred & Friends Sip & Slide ($12) is a combination slide whistle and a spoon. The novelty utensil has all the things you would want from a spoon, It also has something one might not expect from a spoon: a whistle

Pooductive

A new chat app called Pooductive aims to create a miniature social network specifically for anyone who gets bored while they are doing a number two, and want to talk to people in the same position.

The free iPhone app, facilitates one-on-one or group chats based on your location. You can choose to message people nearby or be connected with users in other cities or countries.

"The fact that there is only little to do whilst tending to ‘number two’ is common knowledge, and truly a first world problem," the developers write on Pooductive's website.

"Think of it as a magical place where people from around the globe can anonymously meet to enjoy their time of zen, peace and tranquility together, by conversing, philosophizing and sharing ideas with each other. You could simply call it a messaging app if you wanted to, but it’s so much more."

App Store link

Is The Link I Click Safe To Click ?

Cybercrime - malware

Many people are concerned and with good reason that when they click a link on the internet it may lead to a " malware infested demon ".

So what can you do ?

First have a look at the ' Web Of Trust " extension that you can install for all your browsers , IE , Chrome , Firefox : Web Of Trust

WOT displays a colored traffic light next to website links to show you which sites people trust for safe searching, surfing and shopping online: green for good, red for bad, and yellow as a warning to be cautious. The icons are shown in popular search engine results, social media, online email, shortened URL’s, and lots of other sites.
— https://www.mywot.com/

If you are after more suggestions here is an article that may assist you further:

8 Ways To Make Sure A Link Is Safe Before You Click it