I'm glad to hear that your computer is up and running.
For antivirus program I would recommend you Microsoft Security Essentials
. Please install it as soon as possible.
For antispyware program I would recommend you Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
. Please run a scan on regular basis, let's say once per week.Updates for Windows
- One of the essentials is to keep your computer updated with the latest operating system patches and security fixes. Windows Updates
are constantly being revised to combat the newest hacks and threats, Microsoft releases security updates that help your computer from becoming vulnerable. It is best if you have these set to download automatically.How to turn on Automatic Updates for Windows:Updates for other installed software
A common attack method for hacking attempts and malware installs is to exploit known vulnerabilities in programs
that are commonly installed on a person's computer. These vulnerabilities could allow a remote user
or malware developer
to install malware
, and backdoors
on to your computer without your knowledge or permission
Some of the programs that are commonly exploited include Adobe Shockwave
, Adobe Reader
, Sun Java
, Adobe Flash
, and even Windows
itself. Therefore it is crucial that everyone remain vigilant as to when a security vulnerability is found in our installed programs and to update it when a security update is released
. Unfortunately, no one has the time to stay on top of these updates, which can happen frequently.I highly recommend you
to install Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
that can be used to scan
your computer for known vulnerable programs
, provide information on the vulnerability
, and provide a location to an update
for the vulnerable program. A tutorial on how to use Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
can be found here: Keep Software Updated with Secunia PSI
- Picking the right internet browser is very important. You need to find one that suits your needs but that is also safe. All browsers listed below are far more secure than Internet Explorer, immune to almost all known browser hijackers, and also have the best built-in pop up blockers.
Although, if you prefer staying with Internet Explorer I highly recommend you do this :Make Internet Explorer more secure:
Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:
- Click Start > Run
- Type Inetcpl.cpl & click OK
- Click on the Security tab
- Click Reset all zones to default level
- Make sure the Internet Zone is selected & Click Custom level
- In the ActiveX section, set the options Download signed and unsigned ActiveX controls to Prompt, and Initialize and Script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable.
- Next click OK, then Apply button and then OK to exit the Internet Properties page.