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Re: Windows Protection Suite

Post by Whimscycle on Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:33 pm

Wow! Well, that is that.

I am now on a library computer in town as my own computer won't even do anything past start-up and display of the desktop.

Everything is frozen. My internet provider opens up at boot, but I cannot even click on it. I can't even get it to shut down so I had to pull the plug on it to turn it off.

The computer is almost 10 years old. I was planning to get another one real soon and have this one used for only games and word processing, not the internet. Now I am thinking this would be a waste of money to install an operating system on this and repair it.

This computer came stock with Win ME. When I enrolled in internet service through my cell phone company to use an "air card" they uninstalled ME and installed Win 2000. It never seemed "right" after that.

My thought is that I saw no evidence of any installed anti-virus, anti-ad/spyware, anti-malware, etc. on it.

Is that verifiable by what you see when you view these files? (that is my first question)

The other question is for future...which/what programs do I need to put in place on my next laptop to avert a disaster like this? What do you recommend?

Thank you for all your help...

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Re: Windows Protection Suite

Post by Dr Jay on Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:02 pm

Hi

I do not see any evidence of any security programs. Here is what I usually recommend:

Software recommendations

Antivirus

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-Free anti-virus software for Windows.
-Detects and removes more than 50,000 viruses. Free support.
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-Anti-virus program for Windows.
-The home edition is freeware for noncommercial user.
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- Free edition of the AVG anti-virus program for Windows.
- Available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.

It is strongly recommended that you run only one antivirus program at a time. Having more than one antivirus program active in memory uses additional resources and can result in program conflicts and false virus alerts.

Firewall

  • [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]: the free version is just as good as the premium. I have linked you to the free version.
  • [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]: the free version is just as good as the premium. I have linked you to the free version. The optional security suite enhances the firewall by 40% increase. If you would like to install the suite that includes antivirus, then remove your old antivirus first.
  • [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]: free and excellent firewall.


AntiSpyware

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    SpywareBlaster is a program that prevents spyware from installing on your computer. A tutorial on using SpywareBlaster may be found [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
  • [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
    Spybot - Search & Destroy is a spyware and adware removal program. It also has realtime protection, TeaTimer to help safeguard your computer against spyware. (The link for Spybot - Search & Destroy contains a tutorial that will help you download, install, and begin using Spybot).


NOTE: Please keep ALL of these programs up-to-date and run them whenever you suspect a problem to prevent malware problems.

Resident Protection help
A number of programs have resident protection and it is a good idea to run the resident protection of one of each type of program to maintain protection. However, it is important to run only one resident program of each type since they can conflict and become less effective. That means only one antivirus, firewall, and scanning anti-spyware program at a time. Passive protectors such as SpywareBlaster can be run with any of them.

Rogue programs help
There are a lot of rogue programs out there that want to scare you into giving them your money and some malware actually claims to be security programs. If you get a popup for a security program that you did not install yourself, do NOT click on it and ask for help immediately. It is very important to run an antivirus and firewall, but you can't always rely on reviews and ads for information. Ask in a security forum that you trust if you are not sure. If you are unsure and looking for anti-spyware programs, you can find out if it is a rogue here:
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Securing your computer

  • [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft. To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
  • [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well known ad sites and other bad sites. This prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to 127.0.0.1, which is your local computer's loopback address, meaning it will be difficult to infect your computer in the future.


Please consider using an alternate browser
Mozilla's Firefox browser is a very good alternative. In addition to being generally more secure than Internet Explorer, it has a very good built-in popup blocker and add-ons, like NoScript, can make it even more secure. Opera is another good option.

If you are interested:


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