How to Keep Your Computer Free from Spyware and Viruses

Computers are wonderful tools. When they work as they should each day they make our lives and jobs easier. When they begin to have problems they become our worst nightmare. Visit website: phone hack

Most computer problems are caused by overloaded memory, spyware and viruses. Here are some things you can do to keep your machine running as fast and trouble free as possible.

1. Use a firewall software product. Windows XP already has one installed. If you do not like to use Windows products for whatever reason then use Zone Alarm (zonealarm.com). They have an excellent free personal version of their award winning firewall available free for download. You’ll need to spend a few minutes setting it’s preferences up to optimize it’s performance, but it’s time well spent.

2. Get a system cleaner tool. There are some excellent free versions of software “cleaners” that will clean your system’s memory and help it run more smoothly and faster. One is called Free Internet Eraser (privacyeraser.com). Again, you’ll need to spend a few minutes setting it’s preferences up to optimize it’s performance, but it’s time well spent and keep your computer running fast and smooth. Note: if you have never used a software cleaner tool and your computer has gotten to the point of running exceedingly slow, you may be surprised that it may take ten minutes or more to do your initial cleaning. However, once initialized and set properly to clean everything regularly, your computer will start up faster and run smoother overall.

3. Get a spyware removal tool. An excellent tool is Spybot Search amp; Destroy (www.safer-networking.org).

3. Get in the habit of NOT opening emails that have an attachment. If your email has a “paper clip” image then it has an attachment. If the email is from someone you know and you are expecting them to send it, then it’s probably ok, but if it’s unexpected, or if it’s from someone you don’t know, then definitely do not open it. Most viruses are sent via email through attachements. Click to read more: phone hack

4. Be wary of emails that look like they are from your bank, or paypal, or any other company where you may have an account and ask you to log in or to confirm your identity no matter what the reason. Never log in to these companies from within an email. Always, always go to the company’s site and log in directly from their homepage, never from your email. Also you can highlight any URL or underlined text area and see the address on the bottom left of your web browser’s window. If the address does not go directly to your company but looks strange, it is definitely a “phishing” email (fishing email). Remember if it’s looks fishy, it is! There are unscrupulous people out there fishing for your passwords and account numbers so that they can steal your money or your identity. Do not fall for these emails. When in question, call the company in question directly just to be sure.

5. Do not click in the middle of pop up or pop under advertisements. If you see a strange looking window that looks like it’s from your computer while surfing the internet, chances are it’s an ad made to look like something happened to your computer while surfing online. Don’t click “YES” or “OK”. Just close it by clicking in the upper right box or close box.

6. Download an use an alternative browser to Internet Explorer. It’s good to have both. A great browser that is simple to use, fast and runs well is Mozilla Firefox (www.mozilla.com)

The five points above are fundamental and basic things you can do that will go a long way in keeping your computer running smoothly.

Zig Noda