Random Tip Of The Day - *No: 101* - Run a Virus Update/Check Everyday (but..)
Update Your Virus Protection and Run A Virus Check Each Day
Now, I would like to hope that most people do run virus updates and checks on a daily basis. I would say that anything less than twice a week is playing with fire. This belief may seem protective and slightly paranoid perhaps but once someone steals your password or someone manages to get some of your sensitive data, it can be quite hard to regain control of the data or even your computer system.
Daily virus checks really need to be done if you are dealing with online banking and/or email accounts that need to be kept secure. Just run it while you are doing something else in the same room but not on the computer. It is not such a bad task and it will keep your system secure!
The Best Free Virus Checker (Your Protective Arsenal)
The best free virus and malware protection programs I have and use are the following:
Zonealarm is like a safety net and it catches things that are trying to sneak in (like the SAS program will) and it also will not let ANYTHING connect to the Internet secretly and it will request your permission each and every time something new wants access.Indispensable!
SUPERAntiSpyware is a great free program that finds a lot of low grade suspicious files and removes them (upon your request). It also finds a lot of very nasty things if they are lingering and it also protects your homepage setting and it will not allow it to be changed without your approval.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is good to have as a back up. Sometimes viruses and malware are set to render a piece of virus protection useless or blind to its presence. This piece of software is very thorough and it is good at ridding a system of persistent virus that return even after a reboot.
Sometimes you can use programs to find viruses hiding on your system but viruses are not the best hiders. It will mainly be malware hiding on your system, undetected, hiding within your system's start up programs. More accurately speaking, they are running along with systems other programs. I am not sure why but most (free and paid for) virus checkers do not spot or deal with numerous "harmless" programs running without purpose upon your system. Now, there are many different ideas as to what these programs/processes are and what they are secretly doing. I am not going to talk about what they actually are, all I am going to say for sure is that these programs are not needed to run any of the other programs on my computer and they do not effect the running of Windows at all. All I do know is that they are using up computer "head space" and slowing machines down.
In order to spot these little lovelies, you need to visit the following website:
After you have that web page open, press Ctrl, Alt and Delete and open up your Windows task Manager. A little window should open and you should see five different tabs. We are going to need to have a look in the second tab which is called 'Processes'.
Once in here you can see a list of all the processes that are currently being run upon your system. Sadly it is not easy to tell what is what so we need to rely on the list we have open in our web browser.
If you click on the far left heading (within the Windows Task Manager window) called 'Image Name' the programs running will be put in alphabetical order and you can the see if these programs are on the list that is within you have on the tasklist.org web page.
I think like me you will be surprised at how much junk has attached itself to your computer, slowing it down and draining its resources.
If you find a matching name on the tasklist web page and within your Windows Task Manager I would advise you look to see how serious the threat is (it tells you on the website what the different programs do and how bad the threat is) and remove it by highlighting the program and choosing 'End Process' at the bottom of the window.
This is not the end of it I am afraid. Your have stopped the program from working at the present moment but if you want to stop it for good, every time you start your computer (these programs will return when you restart your computer) you will have to manually shut them off.
The process of shutting them off for good is much like the process we have just been through. It sounds very daunting and scary but in fact it is quite easy and a little repetitive.
I will be going through how to remove these undetectables in part two of this tip. For now, I would just make a note of all the programs that are running on your computer and on the TaskList and when you come to part two your can get them off your system for good.
You could, while you wait.. go through the task list and processes in your WTM and click 'End Process' for each one you spot. Just to see if the world ends. It won't. If you make a mistake and stop the wrong process, just restart your computer and everything will be as you left it before... Before you made the removal mistake!
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