Protect Your PC against Malware Using Microsoft Security Essentials

On September 21, 2012, in Spyware, by Chris Yost, M.C.S.E. C.C.I.E.

Figuring out whether your PC is damaged with Malware or not, is not always such an easy job. The most common symptoms of a Malware infection are: computer running slow, crashing. and/or not responding. There are also many cases when such problems have nothing to do with Malware, because they are actually pointing to a hardware or software issue.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free and easy to use security service. Even if it is built for individuals and small businesses, Microsoft Security Essentials is based on the same technology used for the giant businesses, applied on products such as Microsoft Forefront, Windows Defender or the Malicious Software Removal Tool. The software is more than enough for those people interested in acquiring basic protection for their computers. The program runs quickly in the background, without hurting the PC performance, and it only alerts the user when there are specific actions waiting to be completed.

The way Microsoft Security Essentials functions is really simple. It uses a color code meant to designate the security status of your PC. Therefore, if the color is green, then everything goes fine with the PC. If it is yellow or red, the antivirus software will release an alert and will explain you what to do. Besides that, Microsoft Security Essentials is compact and extremely efficient. Updates and scans are programmed to run only when the computer is idled, so that it will not disturb you at all. It is also a friendly software for almost every kind of computer: Personal Computer, Laptop, or even with the little netbooks.

In a world that has become more and more interested in Internet services, it is absolutely necessary to protect our computers from the malicious cyber-criminals, who are constantly developing new malware strategies. From this approach, Microsoft Security Essential is a good choice, helping at the protection of the basic and most common malware software. However, apart from installing this program, Internet users should also take into consideration other important aspects. Therefore, if you want to maintain a clean PC and avoid any kind of malware, you should also use strong passwords and keep them secret, use flash drives carefully in order to prevent your PC getting contaminated by another hard drive with a virus, never turn off the firewall, because it also represents a wall of protection against malware, and, of course, keep all software up to date.

Resources:
Antivirus Software Reviews | Best Antivirus Software – Antivirus-Software-Reviews.com
Microsoft Security Essentials – Wikipedia.org
Fake Microsoft Security Essentials software on the loose – WindowsTeamBlog.com

 

Malware Infection: Windows XP Recovery Virus

On September 28, 2012, in Malware, by Chris Yost, M.C.S.E. C.C.I.E.

If you are using a Windows Xp recovery program in your system then you might have seen that it’s not easy program to be uninstalled. It gives a lot of problems till the time it is removed from the computer completely without any traces of it. Windows Xp recovery malware changes the desktop screen of your computer, will not allow the task manager to run properly and will help other malware programs to infect your computer such as Trojan programs etc.

Errors from Windows XP recovery malware:

The very first error one can expect from having a Windows Xp recovery malware running in their computer would be the failure message of hard disk drive. It normally appears as a genuine message sent from windows due to the failure. The message provided will be that your hard drive has failed and you are required to perform a restart and scan the computer.

In any case, if you try to run the task manager or admin control options there will be another pop up message saying all such features has been disable by the admin and hence you cannot use them but in fact it would not be the case. It would be the message sent by the Windows Xp recovery malware again. If you fall for this trick and restart your computer then the malware will start to cause real problems in your computer.

Tips to easily delete the Windows Xp recovery malware

  • Soon after you see the false message all you need to do is restart the computer in safe mode the next moment itself. If you by any chance enter regular mode then everything will change in your computer. All your programs will be disabled.
  • To enter into safe mode all you need to do is hit F8 on startup screen it is while the computer is still on black screen and right before it displays windows image screen.
  • Once you are in safe mode, you must search and stop the malware program from running. The malware program will hide all your files and icons so you need to search over task manager. To open task manager you can hit ctrl + alt + Del key simultaneously and hit process tab in it. You need to search for the file with the names like hkfddff1 or hkdffd executable files (.exe) which are not real names for any genuine program and stop it from running.
  • Once you stop them, now you need to search it in your computer and delete them from every possible path. You can search the name windows recovery and delete all files with that name.
  • You also have to scan your registry before switching into normal mode. If you don’t have any registry cleaner then download and scan your registry to delete all such contents.

Now that your computer is free from Windows Xp recovery malware it is time to scan your registry for errors.

 

Reasons Why You Should Protect Your PC from Malware or Spyware!

On September 20, 2012, in Windows Security, by Chris Yost, M.C.S.E. C.C.I.E.

Malware or Spyware could cause an irreversible damage to your PC. In fact, Spyware is the most severe problem facing internet users nowadays, a problem that is constantly expanding and creating more and more victims. The Spyware problem has lately developed into a range of formats, such as adware, porn servers, sneakware, key loggers, browser hijackers, worms and many others, now being considered as part of a larger category of dangerous software that appears also with the names of Malicious Software Programs  or “Malware”.

However, we have not answered yet to the main question, which is “Why you should protect your PC from Malware or Spyware?”. How exactly are these nasty programs affecting us and our PCs? In fact, there are plenty of ways throughout which malware programmers manage to harm our Personal Computers:

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