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emeraldnzl

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Do I really need to keep that defragmenter software?

 

 

No you don't and you can always use your machines own utility. It's just that the Auslogics one is quick, simple and doesn't get interfered with by other programs.

 

It's really up to you. I have it on my machines and run it probably twice a year.

 

I think you are good to go now. :thumbsup:

 

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A reminder:  Remember to (re-install if uninstalled during cleaning) update and turn back on any anti-malware programs you may have turned off during the cleaning process.
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Here are some things that I think are worth having a look at if you don't already know about them:

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It is good security practice to change your passwords to all your online accounts on a fairly regular basis, this is especially true after an infection. Refer to this Microsoft article Strong passwords: How to create and use them.

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So many of us use Facebook nowadays. Go here for a guide to Facebook security.

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Java warning

Java is a popular point of entry to your computer for malicious programs. Unless you need it to run an important software the safest approach is to completely uninstall Java. Where you do require it, then the next safest option is to disable it in your browsers until you need it, then enable it.

How to disable Java in your web browser and How to unplug Java from the browser

If you do still need Java then regularly check that it is up to date. Older versions are the most vulnerable to malicious attack.
 

  • Download Java for Windows

    Reboot your computer.
    You also need to unininstall older versions of Java.

       
  • Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
       
  • Remove all Java updates except the latest one you have just installed.

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CryptoLocker Warning

There is a particularly nasty infection out there at the moment.

Go here for information about CryptoLocker Ransomeware

Download CryptoPrevent free for home use.

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Hola users warning.

If you use the Hola VPN (Virtual Private Network) you should be aware that you might be compromised. See here.

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To help protect your computer in the future:



If you do not already have automatic updates set then it is recommended that you do set Windows to check, download and install your updates automatically.

    * Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update
    * Under Windows Update click on Turn automatic updating on or off
    * Check items shown to ensure you receive updates automatically. Click OK.

Be aware of what emails you open and websites you visit.

Go here for some good advice about how to prevent infection.

For some common sense advice about protecting your computer read How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC

A fun way to check your online safety literacy.

Quiz - getsafeonline

Have a safe and happy computing day!

 


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I guess we can wrap it up now. I appreciate all of your help. I will donate a small tip. Please don't laugh because it is the best I can do at this time. Till next time!


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I will donate a small tip. Please don't laugh because it is the best I can do at this time.

 

Not at all, it's not necessary to donate although it is nice to be appreciated. It's the thought that is the important part. :)

 

 

I appreciate all of your help.

 

You are very welcome. :happy:

 

I will keep this topic open for a day or two in case any issues arise.


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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

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