Advantages stops nigel and his student mates in there tracks
Disadvantages none, as long as you keep up to date
Advice on antivirus software and computer protectionFirstly, i have to say that I couldn’t find anywhere else on ciao to place this piece of writing so, as I had spent some time writing it, I thought I’d place it right here, just so I could give my honest advice on protecting your PC from rogue hackers, who, in this case, goes by the name of Nigel…
Anyway… here’s my piece of work…
Nigel’s still living in his mummies house, spending most of his time in his bedroom, staring at the many monitors which surround him whilst his fingers poke at the keys on the keyboard, patiently and quickly uploading yet another program onto the world wide web… only Nigel’s programs aren’t the sort of programs that you want to have downloaded onto your home PC… Nigel’s programs are designed to install onto your system and monitor your every movement, from your daily download to your lively chat… but worst still, checking and copying you’re more personal detail, such as you latest bank transaction when you paid that latest gas bill, or when you innocently check your actual bank account.
You see, Nigel’s programs are intent on persuading you to download and then open up one of his ‘programs’, only his program is cram packed with more viruses than an NHS surgical ward on a hot day…
And this is all Nigel and his student mates do all day long… they sit in there bedrooms, creating PC busting software for there own entertainment, (apart from his monthly intake of internet porn of course).
It is up to us, you and me, to stop Nigel and his virus programs from getting onto our computers, keeping our personal details ’personal’ so that Nigel doesn’t get rich as he empties our bank accounts from under our noses….
This protection normally entails installing over priced anti- ‘everything’ software, such as anti-virus, anti-spy ware, anti-spam and maybe even anti Maureen from Birkenhead…Firstly, let us go into what sort of PC protection you really need to keep Nigel out of your life…
There’s the well known name of McAfee, who offer several different programs, for example, there Anti-virus sells for £20.00, there Internet security goes for £25.00 and there total protection sells for £30.00, (These prices are offers at the moment and are all these are for one year only)Secondly, and as well known as McAfee, there is Norton, who too offers a few different programs, such as 360 version, selling for around £50.00, whilst its internet security is a little cheaper at around £40.00, then there’s the anti-virus which can be bought for around £20.00...
There’s also something called Panda internet protection which can be bought for around the £50.00 region…
Plus many others, such as Kaspersky, Zone alarm and more…. The list does go on.
But the one thing that all these have on common is that they will all cost you money and will need to be paid annually to keep up the protection…Anyway, those are a few bits of software which will cost you a few quid, (once any trial period is over of course, if a trial period is offered that is), and many of those programs I have used on several different PC’s, both laptop and desktop… all doing the job they are designed to do.
But, after paying out many pounds and pence I have actually come to the conclusion that it is not that necessary to have to buy all you PC protection software as there are so many good quality one out there that are free, and they work just as well as those costly ones mentioned….It is those free ones that I am going to tell you about now as I have also used them and feel they are well worth mentioning.
Firstly, my favourite has to be the good old Avira anti-virus program which, considering it is free, has the ability to sit quietly on your Hard drive whilst constantly protecting you PC from viruses.
It allows you to update it when ever you want at the touch of a button, although sometimes updating can take a few minutes to do.
It warns you if you have not updated or performed a scan so that you never forget.
Another anti-virus which is free is called Avast, (again Avast do sell an Internet security suite for around the £35.00 mark).
I have used Avast and do like the way it runs quietly on your PC although I did find that it could be a little bit of a ‘hogger’, just like AVG.
My favourite freebie for anti-spy ware has to be the one called Spyware terminator which offers ‘real time’ protection and a good form of built in internet security built in the form of something called web security guard and ‘Crawler‘ toolbar, (which is optional of course).
The reason I like Spyware terminator is that it sits in the background and blocks any attempt of spyware from getting onto your system. Plus, if you choose to install it, there's the crawler toolbar which protects you whilst your surfing the web by informing you of sites which 'may' be trouble.
For me, this is one of the few bits of software that I would recommend actually spending money on as it’s real time protection is second to none, even protecting your on line surfing with its ‘website’ blocking’ option, which flashes up if the programs data base feels that a site is unsafe, allowing you the option of blocking access to the site.
Plus, apart from the ’freebie’ scanning options, the paid version offers a ‘flash scan’ which scans the important parts of you PC in a flash… hence ‘flash scan’.
For that non real time protection software, which is free, I can highly recommend such programs as SuperAnti-spy ware, which as it boasts…‘remove all the spy ware, not just the easy ones…’Then there’s Advanced system care, which will manually scan you entire system and repair most faults.
In addition there is a beautiful bit of software which will clean you system and keep it running almost as good as new, this bit of software is called CCleaner… (Crap Cleaner), which, as the name says, cleans all the ‘crap’ from you PC, even cleaning you registry.I know this piece of writing may have gone a little passed the mark so I’ll try and steer back onto the right track, trying to give a little advice on how to keep your PC safe from Nigel and his motley student friends…
Install a good anti virus, anti spy ware and anti malware software, but remember that just because it cost a fortune it doesn’t necessarily make it the best one. I use many of the free ones and have done for years now without a hint of trouble.
Once you’ve installed those programs make sure they are running in ’Real time’, this means that they are running on you PC the instance you start your PC up, this will help keep you informed as to whether you have made contact with any form of virus/malware/spy ware.
And remember to check for updates on all your software on a daily basis.
One way Nigel may try and infiltrate your PC is through the way you actually connect to the network with most people these day using a router of some kind, with many, if not all routers claiming to have in built firewalls. Sadly though these firewalls can be ‘hacked’ with some ease, as they are common and Nigel can spend all the time he wants working on cracking it, using software that can be easily found online.
To solve this possible little problem you can simply install an ‘extra’ firewall on your PC itself, either a paid for version or opt for the like of Comodo, which is, in my opinion, well worth having on your PC as it just sits there protecting your privacy and you wouldn’t even know it was there, plus it really does protect you from Nigel and his mates.
Also, to keep your system running smoothly, although this is nothing really to do with protecting your PC, there is the option of defragmentation…
If you want to defrag your system, and for those that don’t quite understand the defrag system, well, when ever you uninstall a program it leaves a ‘gap’ in you Hard drive, the more you uninstall the more gaps are left. This then slows your system down as you hard drives has to search through these gaps whilst trying to find that program you’ve asked it to.
When you defrag your system this closes those gaps and speeds up your system as your Hard drive has less space to look through whilst searching that program you’ve asked it to.
Anyway, I recommend using a free program called auslogic disk defrag, which does the job a lot better than MS own built in defragger… I know this isn’t anything to do with PC security but I thought it is well worth mentioning.
In all, if you use the free software version of any of the ‘Anti…whatever’ then why pay for the more expensive ones?
As I have mentioned Avira, AVG and Avast offer free software which are as good as any paid for software and do a great job to keep Nigel and his mates at bay. Then there’s ‘Spyware terminator, another freebie which offers real time protection and I highly recommend using Malware Bytes, the paid version in fact, as it’s real time protection is remarkably brilliant.
Thanks for reading…© blissman70
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