Computer security is no joke. Aside from the obvious inconvenience of having a computer virus, there is a lot at stake regarding privacy, financial loss and the loss of critical data. The scary viruses are the ones that pop up and claim your computer is infected and prompt for you to click a button to download the fix. The truly terrifying ones are the viruses you never see or hear from, the ones that sit quietly on your system watching where you go, all the while taking screenshots or recording your keystrokes. We’re listing some of our most important articles on computer security in case you missed them in hopes they can help bolster your security habits.
Computer Security and Virus Articles
Create A Secure Password – It all starts with a secure password. Learn if your password is secure and some easy tips on how to create a password you can remember. Learn how to create sentence passwords or use special utilities to help you out. Either way, a secure password is the key to any system’s protection.
Can’t Connect To Internet After Virus - One of the most common side effects of removing a virus is not being able to connect to the Internet afterwards. Viruses will attached themselves to important system files, and upon removing the virus, those system files are sometimes deleted or corrupt. This article will also help you uncover dangerous proxy servers used by viruses to alter your Internet surfing.
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper – Anyone who has every tried to manually remove a virus knows how difficult it can be to remove it once the system has booted into the Windows environment. This is because once the virus loads into memory, it has the ability to turn off the Task Manager, System Restore, and antivirus software that might be used to remove it. Create this disk and boot to it to remove viruses before they get a chance to load.
Antivirus Removal Tools – You need a special tool to remove an antivirus program? Sometimes. If antiviruses were not hard to remove, viruses would remove them first thing. If you’re planning on changing antiviruses programs, use these utilities to make sure you safely remove all of the previous antivirus’ files.
Develop Good Security Habits – Here are some common sense security habits we want everyone to live by. It’s easy to become complacent when we haven’t been hit by a virus for a while, and hackers are becoming increasingly resourceful in their attempts to catch us with our guards down. Follow these security habits to remain vigilant in the fight against malware.
Free Online Virus Scanning Sites -At the end of the day, it’s great to have a second opinion. Use our favorite online virus scanners occasionally to make sure your system is clean. We specifically recommend you use one of them following the removal of a virus to make sure you got all of them. Online scanners will often need to be run from Internet Explorer.
Our Computer Security Best Practices
If you’ve learned anything about computer security here, great! Computer security is a moving target. Stay on top of Windows updates and always update third-party software like Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader if prompted. In addition to the information above, never trust links in emails and always be suspicious of sites where you enter in personal data or financial information.
Let us know if you have any other great tips for computer security.