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Spyware Removal and Virus Removal - How To Cleanup Your System

  • First off, one of the most common spyware programs that people get is called about:blank. You will know when you have this as your IE browser will begin pointing to about:blank no matter what you do. For simple step by step instructions to remove this, you came to the right place. See the instructions for about:blank removal.

  • As mentioned earlier, one of the best ways to prevent spyware, is to be familiar with your program startup list. These include the programs that run whenever your pc is shutdown or rebooted. Since viruses or spyware need a way to begin running again, they put entries in your startup list so they can restart when you reboot. Click Start-Run and type "msconfig" in the box and hit enter. Click the startup tab to view your startup list. These are all the programs that run whenever your pc is rebooted. Become familiar with this, it can save you alot of trouble in the long run. Most people run spyware removers, but spyware changes so quickly that its difficult for any one program to find all of them, so you need to take it to the source. Monitor your startup list and become familiar with it, this will allow you to remove spyware and reboot so it cannot startup again. I would also switch to a browser that does not allow activex, like Firefox. It is free, fast, and you have both Firefox and Internet Explorer both on your system.

  • Some spyware/adware/malware arrive as a hidden "add on" when you install free software "gimmies". Remember that free software (called freeware, freeware is different from shareware, as shareware usually costs money after a free trial period ends and includes full support, while freeware is always free and normally has no support or limited support). Normally freeware is free for a reason. Most companies will not spend all their time supporting and writing something to give away free, unless they have a way to get some money in return (can't blame them, it makes business sense), so they get paid to embed hidden programs in with your freeware. These programs (called spyware or adware) track you, display ads to you, create pop up windows, or use your machine resources, among other things. The best thing you can do is become familiar with programs that run in your task list, and become familiar with programs that run when you reboot your computer, as all spyware/adware/malware need a way to reactive in case you shutdown. This will always lead you to the source of your popup windows, or advertising popups that are being caused from adware or spyware. You may also want to use a program like Disk and Registry Alert, which allows you to track and view all programs added and their hard drive location when you install software.. Note also if you want to know what all those tasks are showing in your ctrl-alt-del task list, view the windows task list directory here.

    Wireless Internet Security - Routers and Firewalls

  • Routers - You absolutely must be using a router if you have broadband internet access (through cable, dsl, etc., anything access except dialup). This is the simplest and most effective security measure anyone can take. Routers are small boxes, can cost anywhere from $20 to $80 depending upon many factors, and can be found in any electronics or computer store. There are some simple steps everyone can take, some more advanced then others, but even doing the basics can make your security far better then most, and keep intruders out of our computer. More detailed information on these is listed in the link below.

  • Firewalls - By default, if you already have a router as mentioned above, then you already have a firewall too. Software firewalls (software that you install on your pc to keep intruders out) can be found all over the internet, but a hardware router is one of the best firewalls you can get. If you have a router, then by default you also have a firewall already. More detailed information on these is listed in the link below.

  • Wireless connections must be made secure, if you are using a wireless router as most are, make sure you have done a few simple steps to keep your information from being stolen out of the airwaves. You can password protect your router by setting up encryption. This should be done by everyone who is using a wireless router. Thats why you can see your neighbors computer, its because they haven't bothered to set this up. If password encryption is setup, your neighbors will not be able to see your computer or access it. You can also setup remote access by only allowing only specific computers to access your router. This means you tell the router which computers can access your connection, anyone else (or any new laptop, etc.) would not be able to access it unless you say so. If you have done either of these methods, then you have a secure system (at least far more secure then most would do!).

    Continue reading more about router setups with WPA vs WEP.

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    Computer Software Help
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