I was helping someone with a laptop issue the other day which involved verifying whether or not their antivirus programs were authentic or not. Not so easy when you work on a lot of people’s computers. What I should have done and I recommend that you also do is this: open Notepad or a similar word processing program relevant to the operating system that you use (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux etc.) and write a quick list of the names of your antivirus, firewall and of any additional security software you may have installed on your PC. This is extremely useful for if you suspect that you have a virus and maybe don’t recognise the behaviour of your antivirus, firewall etc as being normal. One of the things some sophisticated viruses are capable of doing is making themselves look like and mimic security software! A typical scenario would be that the fake antivirus sends you a bunch of pop-up warnings that tell you to click here and there until it’s taken over your PC and you have seemingly no control of anything that the computer does,except for maybe, the last resort of switching it off from the mains supply. Not a good place to be. So next time your antivirus or firewall seems to be acting a little strange – which they do anyway sometimes – just check that little note you made previously 😉
Hi! Are you still here? Great! Now onto the good bits 🙂 Ok, so I’m going to assume that the majority of readers know what an antivirus program is. Good. For the Grandparents among us I will simply say: If you have a computer you NEED one and it can be thought of as a tool that stops your computer becoming ill. The first “tool” I will suggest is:
This will cost you the exact price of nothing as it’s completely free! The Emergency Kit is great for if your computer has already become ill and needs repairing but as with most things, prevention is better than cure. If you don’t have a decent security package already in place to prevent infection then your PC may become unrecoverable from it’s sickly state. This is where the use of something like this becomes a very good idea:
30 Day free trial EMSISOFT INTERNET SECURITY (click here)
The reason I feel the need to recommend Emsisoft’s software first is that I believe it to be pretty damn good at detecting malware. Back in my younger days, when I was still new to PC security and using a few cracked programs, I thought I was being smart by first scanning the acquired software before installing it, believing that if the antivirus found nothing untoward then all was good. Not the case. A long story short, my computer begun to slow down, crash (computer term for when it closes down by itself) and generally become horrible to use. That’s when I thought more about my previous activities with installing non-legit software. I basically made it my mission to rid my computer of it’s viruses and in so doing found that Emsisoft’s software was capable of finding threats that many other antivirus company’s tools were incapable of detecting.
Over the years, I have successfully used Emsisoft Emergency Kit on several different people’s machines, and removed threats, that would have at worst stolen their online banking information and emptied their accounts. Now you can see why this article is important 😉
To all those that read this I have a confession to make: I have used “cracked” software in the past – to those that have no idea what this means – the software was not payed for. That’s all you need to know for now.
Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why the hell’s this person confessing this crap and why the heck should I keep reading?”. Ok. Valid question. The reason why you should keep reading this blog is because I understand more than most when it comes to PC security, and the measures that should be in place to make using your PC that bit more relaxing and stress free.
Your second question I telepathically “hear”, “Oh great! Another PC tutorial, 10000000,111110…infinity.” Ah. Can I stop you there? This is unlike any other PC security lesson you will have ever witnessed. Yeah really.
Firstly, this blog is to be written in a way that even your Grandparents could understand. Secondly, I have real World experience of teaching complete newbies on PC security measures both in their homes and in using highly confidential data within the workplace.
What did you say? Why did I start this introduction with a confession? Stay tuned, all will be revealed shortly 🙂