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Article Date: 08-07-2014
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There are a few things every computer user can do to ensure that their computer runs safely and stays virus-free. The first step to keep your PC secure is to have an adequate anti-virus program and an anti-malware program installed.
Anti-virus and anti-malware software will help defend your computer against attacks and intrusions. It's always best to keep one of each type of software running on your computer, since often times malware is not considered a virus and will not be stopped by anti-virus software alone.
There are many different types of computer safety programs to choose from on the Internet, so we've narrowed down what has worked best for us, and are the easiest to use, versus programs which don't work well, or tax your machine's resources. These recommendations are based on our experience repairing PCs in the shop.
|Anti-Virus Software We Recommend||Anti-Malware Sotware We Recommend||Virus Termination Software*
Note: use if your computer might already be compromised.
|Programs We DON'T Recommend
These DO NOT tend to keep your PC safe.
|Microsoft Security Essentials||Malwarebytes||rkill||Mcafee Anti-virus|
|ESET Nod32||Spybot||TDSS Rootkit Removal Tool||AVG Anti-virus|
|Norton Anti-virus||Superantispyware||Reg Doctor, Registry Repair, Free Registry Cleaning Software|
(*Note: If your computer is currently infected, run virus termination software first, and then all of the anti-virus/anti-malware software programs mentioned above.)
Preventing viruses and malware from infecting your PC is much easier than removing them. Start with good anti-virus software and anti-malware software on your computer, but also take some general precautions.
The Internet abounds with programs that promise to fix all of your problems. Registry cleaners, driver finders, and all manner of fix-it utilities which promise to solve all of your computer problems. Truth is they will almost always require you to pay for the full-version before taking action. What's worse is that often times these programs contain malware, or can harm Windows, leaving your PC in worse shape than it was originally.
The Internet is a dangerous place for an unprotected PC. Always use reputable software downloaded from trusted websites.
Above all else the best way to keep your PC is to keep plenty of backups.
We cannot state this enough: backup, backup, backup.
In PART TWO of this series, we will be looking into ways of keeping your computer preforming fast.
As always, we're here to help. If something has already happened to your machine and you're not sure what it is, contacting a technician is always a step in the right direction. Feel free to contact us at (360) 687-8883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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