Best practices to protect your computer

March 27th, 2010

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The problem with viruses is that once you get one it is hard to clean the computer. You have to install windows again.

Installing windows again and again is a pain. You have to save all your personal documents, files, etc. And that's not all: bookmarks, saved passwords. Some of the info can't be preserved.

That is why it is much better to prevent that to suffer consequences. Better safe than sorry. Read the rest of this entry »

What anti-virus software does people use ?

March 14th, 2010

In a poll i ran on i asked my visitors what anti-virus software they are using. The results are good, only 14% of visitors are not using any anti-virus software. 17% of them are using Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 which i consider the best anti-virus around.

Another good part of my users are using Norton Antivirus, which is also a good one but the load it generates to the computer is higher. Read the rest of this entry »

How often you reinstall windows on your pc ?

March 12th, 2010

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An article with this name  was written by me back in 2007, you can read it here . I was always proud with the ability that i can keep the windows operating system clean. It is not easy, but it was easier than installing windows every 2 months. Bookmarks, settings, documents, desktop, browser cache, everything is lost when you install windows again.

Is there a way to clean the windows to prevent reinstalling ? Yes, there it is, if you keep it clean you can keep it as long as you want. My windows, before he died lasted 4 years. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Reasons you need an anti-virus

March 10th, 2010

If you are new to computers and Internet, or if you just brought a new computer it is certain that you would ask yourself the question: "Do i need an anti-virus software on my computer ?". We will take the case where you use Windows operating system, if you have Linux or Mac this is not something that should concern you.

It was a time when the viruses were made only by executable files that you must run in order for the system to get infected, and that file was copied from a floppy disk. Times changed and i will list 3 reasons why you should get an anti-virus software. Read the rest of this entry »

Be careful what software you run on your computer

March 4th, 2010

If you are not careful about what you install on your computer, not even an anti-virus can help you out.

I kept my old computer for 4 years without re-installing the operating system, and it was windows XP. What ? You can keep windows XP for 4 years without re-install ? Yes, i can. I clean-up every month, run virus check, defragment, delete old registry entries, remove unused programs, keep directories happy and i kept the same windows installation from 2004 to 2008.

What happened then ? Well, i had kaspersky anti-virus installed, and i wanted to play online poker. I played before that many times, with different poker software, but they keep updating them every week so i had to download a new version. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you protect your mobile phone ?

March 1st, 2010

Have you ever thought about your mobile phone security ? Probably not, and this is because too many devices phones have limited features so they don't support 3rd party applications to get viruses. Neither java application helps the virus creators. Java creates a virtual machine on the phone, so if that something bad happens it will stay into that virtual machine, he can't access other parts of your phone.

What about smartphones ? Are they vulnerable to viruses ? The smartphone creators are much more careful about security, they really invest some time in it, but that can't ensure that the viruses will never come. Read the rest of this entry »

When was last time you had a virus ?

February 28th, 2010

How often you encounter problems with viruses ? I'm curios what precaution methods you use, how you find when you have a virus and how do you handle it.

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I did not encountered problems with viruses recently. I'm using Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and it should tell me if a file is infected. To maximize protection i set the anti-virus to tell me whenever an application wants to modify system data or to modify registry files. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you protect yourself against viruses

February 26th, 2010

We all know that we  are facing a lot of problems because viruses and software vulnerabilities. This is happening mainly because of poor software that lack security issues, and i'm talking here about Windows. If you aren't careful you can end up with all your files infected, and if you don't protect yourself there is not much you can do.

I run a poll here because i want to find out if you use any anti-virus software, and if you do, which one ? Please be honest and vote even if you don't use any anti-virus software. Read the rest of this entry »