Computer FAQ
February 20, 2013

More help with viruses

If 2013 is going to be the worst year ever for viruses, I thought looking for programs to help protect our PCs would be the most proactive response on my part. TrendMicro, a very good antivirus company, has several free programs to help protect both your PC and your Smartphones. In your browser enter and scroll to the bottom of the main page and click on “Free Antivirus Tools” or enter This page opens to the Apps for Smartphone; to get to the PC programs, click on the “Clean up and Protection” tab. TrendMicro has six programs to help protect your PC or to check for viruses on it. First is RootKitBuster. Root Kits are a type of virus that hides in your PC, serving as a backdoor to it for a hacker; with it, he/she can do anything on your PC that you can from the keyboard, and more. They can capture keystrokes, and this virus will go looking for other viruses to install on your PC for other hackers. This program scans your PC for any known Root Kits. The next is “RUBotted,” and this program scans your PC for “Bots.” Bots can turn your PC in to a “Zombie,” a PC that floods some company’s servers with data to cause a “Denial of Service” condition. This program also starts when your PC is started and continuously looks for Bots trying to hack your PC. Next is “HouseCall.” This is a standard antivirus scanner, with the advantage that its virus definition file is as current as possible at the time it is being run, while other programs require updating manually or waiting for the nightly update to be current. I use this one after I have used “Microsoft Security Essentials” and “Malwarebytes” scanners. I feel between these three programs, the PC is as clean as possible. The “Browser Guard” does the same thing most all browsers do now and checks every web site viewed and makes sure they have not been found as being dangerous. “Email Encryption Service” Codes your email in a non-readable form while being transmitted, a good idea if you email sensitive data.

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December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
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December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!