and Internet Security Tips
Useful information to help your
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Computer Security Alert
: Updated 5-25-2011
A new very damaging "Fake Computer
Recovery" program seems to be circulating the Internet which
can be very destructive to your computer files. Quite
possibly one source is Google search results. (the infection
does not come from Google itself, but from ads designed to
pop up when popular search terms are entered into Google.
For the time being, (May/June 2011) I am suggesting using
Bing or Yahoo for Internet Searches.
The first indication of
infection is a Windows error message concerning the Hard Drive. This
error looks surprisingly real. For the time being, I would not
trust any message concerning a Hard Drive, SATA, or IDE problem.
The "Fake Anti-Virus"
and now the Fake System or File Recovery program
is one of the most common malicious software infections the
average computer user will be exposed to. This requires
heightened awareness by all Internet users.
Click Here To
Find Out How To Recognize This New Virus, and Protect Your
Computer From Infection.
Protecting Yourself and Your Computer From Malicious or Unscrupulous
Software Infections, Scams and Cyber-Crime
As our computers become more
and more integrated into our daily lives, it is more
important than ever to be aware of how to protect your
computer, your personal information and your pocket book
from those people who have found the computer a great tool
for criminal and unscrupulous behavior. You can easily
protect yourself from Cyber-Crime by being aware of how it
occurs and the tools that you have at your disposal to
protect your computer. The good news is these tools are
free. You can easily keep your computer secure without
spending additional money.
1. Software Updates:
It is very important that you
allow new software updates to be installed as the
software in your computer announces that an update is
available. The manufacturers of the software in your
computer regularly write updates to the programs to fix
security problems and patch vulnerabilities in the
software that the bad guys use to do bad things to your
computer. The most important programs to keep up to date
- Microsoft Windows (your operating system).
Regardless of which version of Windows you have,
Windows comes with a feature called "Automatic Update". Microsoft issues
updates almost weekly.
you will often see a message pop up that "Updates are ready for your
computer, Click to install".
You should have these updates added as often as Microsoft announces that
they are available.
To check if your Windows is up
to date Click Here
- Internet Explorer or any
other Internet Browser that you use. Microsoft makes
to Internet Explorer every couple of years. Installing this update is
usually optional, but it is
important that you don't let the version of Internet Explorer that you
use get too old. Internet
Explorer version 6 is no longer safe Internet Browsing. IE versions 7 and
8 have enhanced security
features that protect your computer from malicious attacks and hackers.
- Adobe Reader. The bad guys have found ways to
deliver malicious software by inserting the viruses
PDF files which many computer users use every day. Adobe
frequently updates their program to
guard against these
types of infections. Apply these updates as Adobe
announces that they are
available. At the time if this
writing Adobe Reader version 9 is the latest. If you are
using an earlier
version click here to get the latest.
- JAVA is a common
Internet language that makes websites work. Updates to
JAVA are issued every
couple of weeks. Let your computer
install these updates as they come available.
2. Anti-Virus Software: (the
links below will allow you to review and download the
if you need Free Virus Protection)
The cost of anti-virus software
is no excuse to go without protection because there are
many free anti-virus programs available to you. Many new
computers come with a trial version of popular
anti-virus. Typically after 30 to 90 days the trial ends
and the program requests a payment for the next 12
months of automatic protection. If this cost keeps you
from having up to date virus protection, then you should
un-install the trial software and download one of the
many free anti-virus packages available.
My favorite is
"Microsoft Security Essentials". This is program
that I use myself. I've seen this program stop most
virus infections dead in their tracks before they have
an opportunity to infect the computer. It is the most
effective virus prevention program that I have ever
AVAST is another good Free anti virus program. Avast
only requires that you register the product with a valid
email address in order to keep the program free.
"AVG Free Anti-Virus". AVG free automatically
updates every day and automatically scans for viruses
weekly. AVG does not slow down the computer as some of
the more popular "paid total security" packages do.
Click the link above to download this program, choose
the "Basic Free Protection"
AVIRA offers a highly rated free antivirus program.
Although highly rated and very effective, AVIRA's free
protection includes up a pop up advertisement to
purchase it's "Comprehensive Protection" once per day.