How to avoid your PC from being getting affected with malware ,viruses , trojans,keyloggers and other nasties taking control of your PC ?
Prevention is better than medication , in other means prevention is better than detecting and removing the infections .
The traditional way of adding additional protection
Securing your PC through multiple secuirty layers based on anti-virus,anti-spyware,anti-trojans,HIPs and other secuirty software costs too high , one hundred full proof solution will be getting not guaranteed .
Here cost means financial as well as by adding more secuirty layers in the PC , hampering performance on your PC .
So how do you prevent infection?
1.Download latest fixes of windows and ms office from microsoft update service
2.Stay away from sites offering commercial software serial numbers, keygens and other hacked material. Avoid accidentally wandering to hostile sites by installing McAfee Site Adviser ()
3.Make sure your other software products are also fully updated, particularly popular products like anti virus, anti spyware, and other security products and browsers like Firefox, Opera, the Adobe Reader, Sun Java, Flash plug-ins and media players. The easiest way to do this is to use the free Secunia Software Inspector ()
4.only download files from trusted sources and never install programs that friends give you on removable media(cd/dvd/pen drive/floppy) unless you have verified that are clean by either submitting them to free web based testing services such as Jotti (/) and Virus Total (), or through scan through in built security software on your PC.
5.Install a robust firewall to ensure worms can’t secretly enter your PC via the internet. My current favorites are the free Comodo firewall Pro (http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/) and ZoneAlarm Pro but there are several other excellent choices including Jetico and Netveda to name but two.
6.Stop Using Internet Explorer, instead use Firefox or Opera,It’s no secret that Internet Explorer is filled with security holes. While Internet Explorer 7 is a huge improvement over it’s predecessor but it still is no where near as secure as Firefox.When it comes to patching vulnerabilities found, According to the Washington Post ,Microsoft has been notorious for not releasing patches in a timely fashion. According to the Washington Post, Internet Explorer was known to have exploit code for unpatched critical flaws for 284 days of 2006. The article goes on to compare this with 9 days for Mozilla Firefox. For safer internet browsing is,For safer browsing, do not use Internet Explorer
7.No Toolbars Allowed, ALL Toolbars. Starting from Microsoft, Google, Symantec or whoever. No toolbar till this day which is a absolute necessity . They open another gateway into your PC to allow ugly things into your PC.For each toolbar added, you are opening a window of opportunities for bad things to enter into your PC.
8. Don’t Use File Sharing Programs such as Limewire, Kazaa, Shareaza, Edonkey, Bearshare etc. I would say 1 out of every 10 files contains a virus/worm/spyware. it is nice to be able to download that new song you heard on the radio or download the latest software, all for free. But realize that by doing this, you are playing with a loaded gun, when it comes to the security of your computer.
9.PrivBar is a free Internet Explorer add-on written by Aaron Margosis that displays in a toolbar the privilege level under which the current instance of Internet Explorer is running.
10.If you are a Firefox user check out the free IsAdmin extension that provides similar functionality to PrivBar .
11. Software products to be fully updated , and these should be used from very reliable sources .
12. Use commodo firewall which also provides services of HIPS (ost Intrusion Prevention System)
13.Never install programs unless you are fully confident they are clean.
14.Don’t open file attachments unless you are absolutely sure of the source. Email file attachments are one of the most common vectors for system viruses. Modern antivirus software will scan incoming email as a matter of course, but you still have the possibility of a new virus that has yet to be added to t
the list of scanned-for viruses.
15.Install the Backup Utility in XP Home/Pro or Vista.
16.Scan your computer for vulnerabilities with Microsoft’s free security scanner (MICROSOFT BASELINE SECUIRTY ADVISER ), Download and run the device to test your local computer (you will need access to an administrative account you wish to scan). The MBSA creates a security log which contains easy to read info on any vulnerabilities that may exist and how to correct them.
The software is available here.
17. Test your PC with online secuirty probe :
Each will investigate your system for security vulnerabilities which could be used by a malicious hacker or virus or for trojan activities to compromise and steal your PC and data. Use these services to ensure that you are well secured .
18. Relocate My document folder
If you wish to direct the data stored in your ‘my documents’ folder to a different disk location/partition , you can do this very easily without advanced registery alterations. By default, this data is stored in ‘c:documents and settings(username)my documents’.
To change the location of My Documents folder right click the ‘my documents’ icon on the desktop or the start menu, and select ‘properties.’
In the ‘target’ tab, enter the path to the folder location you wish to use, or press the ‘find target’ button to browse to the folder. Prior to that open a folder in the new target location and rename it as My Documents and copy its path and paste it in the find target box .You will be asked if you wish to move all existing data to the new location.
19. Remove ads from webpage .
If you are Internet Explorer user then use IE7Pro not only provides ad blocking but also tab management, proxy switching, mouse gestures and more including a very valuable crash recovery feature. Download from this link:
http://www.ie7pro.com/ Freeware, Internet Explorer 7, 985KB.
If you are using Firefox then , can effectively remove ads from web pages using the marvelous free free Ad-Block extension .
20.See one of my article on registery How to back up and restore the registry in Windows XP and Windows Vista
from the following location
21. If you are internet explorer users then fix this :
22. Windows XP SP2 a Must for security enhancement .of your operating system and also Microsoft support for Windows XP SP1 ends on October 11. If you have had problems with installing XP2 then sort them out by consulting this site [http://winhlp.com/WxSP2.htm] or Microsoft’s special SP2 support site [http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=windowsxpsp2].