How to prevent your computer from getting Virus

Discussion in 'Computers and Stuff' started by DonL, May 31, 2011.

  1. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Turn your computer OFF, It Works every time...

    Have a Great Day.

    DonL

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  2. Cookie

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    Yes it does! lol. I think... :) I remember when the personal computer first came about, and we got the granddaddy of one, a huge HP I think it was, and I asked my son, " when I shut this off can someone still hack into it?"

    Can they? lol. I still don't know.
  3. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Yes they can Cookie.

    But normally Only if you have "Wake on LAN" Turned on.

    Turning off the power Strip going to the computer is the best protection.
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    Hmm, wake on lan?

    When I purchased this huge expensive computer back then, it was 1,500 back then, in the early'90's, I think, I told son, " I will pay for this but, you got to promise to make me computer illerate." He stuck to his promise he did, but, I still lack on alot of knowledge of the dealings of them. I can get by, I can do business things, etc, and can do auto cad even, but, unlike my son, I know none of the languages.

    The computer is still so awesome to me, lol. I love the technology. And, if I was in my 20'
    s I would definitely, be in computer science

    Ah, wait, I was already computer illerate, lol ... the other way around.

    ha ha, maybe I should spell it right, too.
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  5. Stephen C

    Stephen C New Member

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    Install Linux Ubuntu operating system . It is free download , easy to install and virus proof . It can be installed beside windows so you can still hook up to devices like scanners that are difficult to install in Linux .
  6. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    Hooking up scanners has never been a problem for me. If you havea real need for windows. You can always jun it inside a vm.
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    Everybody without exception should always run in user mode except when you are doing administrative issues such as installing a program. Create an Administrative account and change your current account to "User Mode". Look on the web for instructions to do this. It is still possible to get a virus in user mode but it will only infect that account and will not become a "rootkit". Just this simple change will eliminate 99 percent of viruses. Another way to avoid viruses is to run Internet Explorer in "Protected Mode". Still another way is to browse in a sandbox via Sandboxie or even a use Virtual OS.
  8. patrick88

    patrick88 Plumber

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    I wouldnt bother running IE. They still have not been able to keep IE secure for more than a few months.
    Get a router turn the firewall on in the router. Get a good Firewall like ZoneAlarm. Zone Alarm free works just fine. Sign up for open DNS. Carefully learn how to set it up. There now you will be protected from most things. Block IE from going on the Web n your chances of getting a virus will be very slim. I ran FireFox for years. with no fire wall on my PC. Never had anything.
    The wife was running IE when I met her. She was fully of problems. I fixed things. No firewal on her laptop. Has not had any problems. Proof is in the use.
  9. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    I think Norton Antivirus is a waste of money.

    It slows the system down and makes you think you have problems when you really don't.

    They scam you into buying a update.

    Same goes for McAfee.
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    Norton AntiBoot

    I'd have to agree with that one, especially when the antivirus software causes your computer to not work!

    "Symantec antivirus software update crashes some PCs" - Just this morning
  11. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Good Info.

    I have a Vista Machine that came with that FREE ? software, free trial, and the computer started getting the BSOD.

    I used The WinForce Control Panel to disable its startup.

    Symantec Antivirus has a way of getting turned back on when the trial runs out and you don't pay for a upgrade.

    Hard to tell how many people buy a new computer when it is a easy fix.
  12. young707

    young707 New Member

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    My experience with all those Anti-Virus programs: for years, I go to Fry's Electronics and pick up any of these in 100% rebate Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, etc. and use them for free for the entire year. However, for the last few years, these rebate came in debit cards which is a great hassle to use because nobody accept it.

    Also, I found building high performance systems, these Anti-Virus is great hassle and restriction is just not acceptable. So, the last few years, I get rid of those paid anti-virus programs. It has been great.

    Build a machine that is not commonly used by everybody else. For example, I build 64 bit Windows 7. That means all program Files (x86) uses totally different folders compare to majority of 32 bit machines. Actually, all PC sold are running on 64 bit systems. The ONLY difference is your Windows 7 operating system. To find out your system type, click start - computer - right click - property. You will see under system, the system type.

    I use:
    Microsoft Windows Defender and download their free mpas-f3x64.exe
    Microsoft Security Essentials x64 - mseinstall.exe
    Microsoft Standalone system Sweeper x64 msstool64.exe

    Once a while, I download and run:
    Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - KB90830x64-v4.5.exe
    Also, I go download HouseCall - HousecallLauncher64.exe
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