What Should I Do? My Computer/Web Site Has a Virus?

By Jim Rush  

STEPS TO TAKE IF YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM HAS MALWARE.

Last week we discussed what we should do if we have come to believe that we have malware. What signs we look for in our computer system, etc. Now we need to go a little deeper into what to do when we come to that conclusion.

Before we dig into that, let me mention the little known fact that if you have a screen pop up saying something like:"virus detected,"that doesn't mean you necessarily have a virus in your computer system. It could mean that you downloaded a file and your anti-virus software detected a virus and removed it before it could become a problem. It also could mean that a malicious file on an infected web page could have been detected and was dealt with. If you see that screen, don't worry, a lot but you might want to go into your anti-virus program and check its quarantine or its detection logs to view more information about the exact viruses and what action was taken. Do this as an educational experience. You can't know too much about the dangers to your computer system.

So today let's talk a little about what we should consider when we come to the firm conclusion that we have, indeed, become infected with a virus or viruses.

This doesn't seem to be common knowledge, but I have found out from extensive reading that while many viruses and other types of malware are designed because the sender loves chaos, more and more malware at this time is being used by organized crime in order to steal credit card numbers from you as well as other sensitive data.

I know a number of people who purchased fairly good quality anti-virus software and then let it expire. Not too much you can do more foolish than that.

Many people I have known found viruses and then purchased appropriate software and considered the problem solved, as the software would detect and destroy the infection. Actually if I had a virus on a program I cared about I would immediately, after clearing my machine, install a new version of the program. Why would you take a chance? I can't imagine why someone would. These are sensitive pieces of equipment and should be treated with respect.

If you are not going to care for them, why should you expect them to care for you and all you've built.

Possibly you have an anti-virus program but you get the idea that you have viruses that it is not detecting. Possible? Sure. But you can get another opinion on this malware with another type of product. A variety of providers make a one-time scanning tool. These programs will download into your computer system and do a quick scan without a long installation process. You might not know that you cannot have multiple anti-virus products operating at the same time so this allows you to scan with another anti-virus software without the hassle of uninstalling your current anti-virus program. See?


Now what happens if you are right and the viruses are in your computer system and were not detected by your current software? Perhaps your anti-virus software is not up to the job. Maybe you obtained one of those free anti-virus programs widely available on the internet and you took it thinking you were crafty and thereby saved some money. Sorry, it was not crafty, at all.

But back to the problem: You might want to uninstall your thrifty-bargain software and purchase something that will actually protect what you've worked for.

You need to decide what you need; not what others think you need. Or what others want to sell you. But you need knowledge to make that decision.

You might find that some viruses and other types of malware tend to dig their hooks deep into your system, making them very difficult to remove from your computer system. This can be the case especially if the viruses have infected your system earlier and has had time to run crazy and possibly download types of malware. The competent and appropriate software you have now purchased is not always able to root out infections already in the system.

There is another method you can use with the "safe mode" from your Windows programs but if you're not really knowledgeable about the program I would suggest an IT person or just skip it and go on to the next idea.

The best thing here is to obtain a new, clean version of the program. Then you have no worries about the program.

I feel I have to mention the "Nuclear Option." This is a possible procedure but I would suggest this done only by a IT person. Not your nephew who is eleven but works really well with computers.

Anyway, this is it: If the malware has so damaged your computer system that Windows still isn't working properly after the viruses have been successfully removed, you might want to revert your computer to its factory state. Many computers come from the factory with what are called "restore partitions" that you can access by pressing a certain key during your booting process.

You probably received a Windows installer disc when you purchased the computer system and you can use this here. Please keep in mind that this will delete the files and programs on your computer so be sure important data is backed up prior to any reinstall.

Probably enough data for today.

How to Clean and Optimize Your Windows PC/Laptop

By Baxy Singh  

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There are times when you might feel that your PC is running slow, web pages are taking too long to load and folder are opening after some time. All of these are signs that your PC is struggling with something that is not usual to happen. These things can happen to any new PC as well if it has been used for few months as well. Do not blame your PC for this kind of stuff, there are chances it might have collected lots of junk items or files that's why it is taking too much time to process your request. This is the time to optimize your PC.

Although there are many PC optimizers available on internet these days and most of them are paid software but you really don't need to pay for those software, you can do PC optimization by yourself without paying anything. It's very easy to clean your PC without any kind of technical knowledge. You just need to do few things mentioned below and your computer will be back to normal as it was, its matter of few clicks only.

Remove Unnecessary Programs: Go to Control Panel and them Programs and Features and this will pop up a list of currently installed software on your PC. Look at the list closely and remove any program that you are no longer using. This will also free up some disk space on your hard drive that you can use to store important files.

Disk Cleanup: Click on Start button then Accessories then System Tools and look for Disk Cleanup Utility. This little tool will help to delete junk items and temporary Internet files from your PC, this will also free up some disk space for you.

Optimize Startup Items: If your PC is taking too much time to start consider reviewing startup items. Press Window+R to open run box, type MSCONFIG command and go to startup tab. Carefully check all startup items and disable unwanted application from being run at startup.

Hard Disk Optimization: Click on Start button then Accessories then System Tools and look for Disk Defragmenter Utility. This might take some time to complete to relocate files and optimize your disk drive.

Windows Update: Make sure Windows Updates are turned on and your computer is checking for new updates regularly. This will fix most of security issues on your computer as well as will keep your computer up to date. Your computer should be able to check for new updated at least once a week.

Antivirus Scan: Make sure you are using a reputed antivirus protection and it is also being updated with virus definitions regularly. Most of the good antivirus softwares today have built in PC Optimizer utility to optimize your computer time to time. You should run a full scan of your computer at least once a week.

Apart from the above things you can also increase virtual memory on your PC if your PC is low on RAM, this might also affect performance of your computer. You might also consider optimizing windows registries but remember incorrectly editing registry item might cause damages to operating system, if want to do so consider using a good PC optimizer or registry cleaner utility.

The Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe

By Adams Smith Thompson  

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Every year we have more data with us as compared to the last year. On the off chance that you can trust it, 90 percent of the information on the planet today was made in the most recent two years alone. So individuals are unquestionably wising up to the estimation of distributed storage, and we can expect that increasingly of them will start to store their most significant advanced belonging there in the coming years.

As we progressively make more photographs, music, recordings, messages, and archives, reinforcement and recuperation turns out to be more imperative than any other time in recent memory.

In that soul, we are sharing our main 5 tips for guaranteeing that your advanced information is sheltered and secure now and later on:

Schedule Regular Backups

Reinforcements ought to be made consistently. After an underlying full reinforcement of the whole framework, ensure you set up programmed, incremental reinforcements. Incremental reinforcements are basic since they store just what has been changed or included subsequent to the last full reinforcement, permitting you to spare plate space, and additionally diminishing the time every reinforcement takes.

Invest In A Good External Drive

Your first-line reinforcements ought to be put away on removable media or removable drives. This will guarantee your information is sheltered, regardless of the fact that your gadget is lost or stolen.

Double-Protect Your System

Obviously, outer reinforcement alone isn't sufficient. You ought to likewise give a second layer of security for your most vital information by support it up to the cloud. With the right programming, you can likewise scramble the information to keep it safe in case of a hack endeavor. A second reinforcement in the cloud can likewise shield your information from physical harm coming about because of a mishap, characteristic calamity or other episode.

Test Your Recovery Plan

Try out your reinforcement framework. It's greatly improved to discover your framework isn't impeccable now, before something terrible happens. At that point you can adjust your methodology until you're sure that, even in a most dire outcome imaginable, your information will be recoverable.

Check Your System Prior To Any Installation

Before introducing any new projects, programming redesigns or drivers, we prescribe that you finish a full reinforcement. Thusly if something turns out badly with your hard drive, you will abstain from losing valuable information. Any progressions or misfortunes can then be turned around by introducing from your reinforcement.

This may seem like a considerable measure to handle, yet our advanced information, particularly photographs, recordings and other wistful documents, are fantastically significant. On the off chance that you have some time over the occasions, attempt the progressions above and give yourself a little significant serenity by guaranteeing that your frameworks are calamity verification.

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