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Viruses Latest

With over 200 NEW VIRUSES every day, we have found it necessary to issue advice on how to keep free of trouble. Here is our BEST advice and recommendations: For Anti Virus Downloads: Click Here

See Also: Pharming, Phishing and Spoofing Nasties !!!

Security Software & Use

Mr-FixIt-4u has found that over 80% of its Customers have computer problems which originate with Virus and Malware getting on their computer.

We often install and recommend Software to CLEAN UP and PROTECT your computer from these DAMAGING intruders. We could write a book on HOW YOU GET VIRUS and MALWARE INFECTIONS, what they do to your computers and communication. However, our view is that NO VIRUS or MALWARE is good on your computer so we will concentrate on KEEPING THEM OUT and ELIMINATING ANY INFECTION.

All of these INTRUDERS come from the Internet via Browsing or Emails, sometimes from Memory Sticks and on rare occasions from homemade disks inserted into your computer. By far the worst source is BROADBAND because of the speed of transfer and lesser control you can have over what comes to your computer. Up to 50 virus/ second is possible :-(

What We Provide You With

We commonly install the elements you need to clean up your computer and keep it protected. The essential elements are listed below and can be obtained: Click Here

AVG Anti Virus Software – often we use AVG which presently has no annual fee.

AVAST Anti Virus Software – we often install AVAST which has no annual fee for OLDER Machines.

SPYBOT Malware Remover – often we use SPYBOT which is also without annual fee.

MalwareBytes Malware remover - we have recently added MalwareBytes to alternate with Ad-Aware also without annual fee.

Ad-Aaware AdWare Remover - we recommend Ad-Aaware which is free.

ZONE ALARM Personal Fire Wall – we tend to use ZONE ALARM which, used as just a Firewall, is free of annual fees.

CCleaner Registry Cleaner Windows - CCleaner is not Anti Virus but gets rid of the rubbish that fills up your Registry and System.

Firefox Browser - Firefox is the number two browser and should be used instead of IE.

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Safer Browsing - We recommend you use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer because it protects you well, has a Pop-Up Blocker and Download Manager integrated.

These are your lifeline to the safest internet use of your computer which we can provide for free. We use them because together they are a formidable army of protection, IF USED PROPERLY. They are better than or as good as software you may be encouraged to purchase from large retail outlets for tens of pounds.

There are also a number of other GUARDIANS we can provide like – PARENTAL CONTROL to protect children – POPUP BLOCKER to avoid unwanted or obscene panels appearing – SPAN KILLER to reduce the huge amount of rubbish that targets your mailbox. Just ask us for advice on this. Mr-Fixit-4u.com

How to Use This Protection

Firstly, try to NEVER PUT DISKS or MEMORY STICKS IN YOUR MACHINE that come from unknown or untested sources. Always test then for viruses before loading anything.

Secondly, NEVER OPEN ANY EMAIL FROM UNKNOWN OR UNINVITED SOURCES. If you don't know who it is from IT PROBABLY is SPAM, RUDE or has VIRUSES in it.

Finally for now, we find that P to P (Person to Person - KAZZAR, LIMEWIRE and BEARSHARE like File Sharing Software) and MSN Messenger are good ways to get viruses on your machine quickly. We would ask you to be EXTRA CAUTIOUS if you use these things often. Better still DON'T USE THEM AT ALL!!!

Our Recommendations: (you may like to PRINT this page for reference)

UPDATE your MALWARE REMOVING software (SpyBot, Ad-Aware and Malwarebytes) and ANTI VIRUS (AVG), EVERY WEEK if you go on the internet. Preferably before you close down your computer at the end of the day. There are 200 NEW VIRUSES and MALWARE put on the Internet every day!!! Right now there are over 650,000 just hoping to find a way onto your machine. Then they open the doors for others too.

SCAN your computer with ANTI VIRUS software (AVG,) AT THE END OF THE WEEK. It takes about 60 minutes on newer machines but saves you a lot of grief and expense.

SCAN your computer for MALWARE (SpyBot and Ad-aware) - AT THE END OF EVERY WEEK!! A better plan is once a day! It only takes about 15-20 minutes and is a real eye opener to what is getting on your computer. Never do this job less than once per day!!! It will almost always find something new!!!!

SCAN your computer for JUNK using WinClean about once every 3 months to remove the TRASH that builds up. You can do this monthly if you wish.

IN CASE OF EMERGENGY - If your machine starts to do strange things, immediatly run Spybot, Adaware and AVG to remove any possible infections. If that fails call us for advice: Mr-Fixit-4u.com

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Regular CleanUp Process (This becomes simple and automatic after your first run. There may be slight alterations)

Part 1 Get Updates and Start Scans.

SpyBot - Double Click desktop icon> Click Search for Updates icon> Wait a moment for checking to complete> Click Update button> Allow updates to complete> Close the update panel > Click the Imunise Button> Click Check System > When complete Click Apply Imunisation > Close the Imunisation Panel > Click System Scan Icon> Click Start Scan> Minimize SpyBot to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen > You may now go to Ad-Aware or continue using your normal computing.

Malwarebytes - Double Click Desktop Icon> Update Tab> Check for Updates> Scanner Tab> Scan> - Minimise to bottom bar> Carry on using the computer and wait until Scan has finished.

Ad-Aware - Double Click desktop icon> When opened Select> UPDATE> Select Yes> Yes> Download> OK> When Update Download is complete Select> Scan Now> Full Scan> Scan> The Scan will now proceed> minimize this program to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen. You may now go to AVG.

Avast - Double Click Desktop Icon> MAINTENANCE> Update engine and virus definitions> OK> SCAN COMPUTER> Scan Now> <Full system scan (Start)> - Minimise to bottom bar> Carry on using the computer and wait until Scan has finished.

AVG - Double Click desktop icon> Click Check for Updates button > Click Update button> Wait for update to download and self load> Click OK> If more than one update was shown rerun the Check for Updates again > When all updates are complete click Scan Computer button> minimize this program to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen. You may now use your computer for other things you want to do.

Part 2 Clean-ups and Close (sorry but timings vary on amount stored on your machine and the speed of your processor)

SpyBot - (about 40 minutes) - Maximize the Program from the Task Bar> Click Show Scan Results Button > Click Fix Selected button> Wait for all to get BIG Green tick > Click Red X to Close SpyBot and the job is done.

Malwarebytes - (about 35 minutes) - Maximize the Program from the Task Bar> Show results> Remove Selected>. The system is now cleaned. Click the X > to return to the Desktop.

Ad-aware - (about 35 minutes) - Maximize the Program from the Task Bar> The Scan Results Page is shown> Select Critical Objects Tab> Select (tick) all Critical Objects shown> NEXT> Select Privacy Objects Tab> Select (tick) all Privacy Objects> NEXT> When finished removing all Objects > Click FINISH> Click X to close Ad-Aware.

Avast Click Taskbar Icon to Maximisr> The results will be reported and infections moved to the Safe Zone where they can not affect the system. Click the X > to return Avast to normal working mode.

AVG Finishes Scan (over 60 minutes) - (Note - AVG offers virus fixes while it is scanning so select Repair, Vault or Delete as appropriate at that time)> Maximize the Program from the Task Bar> In the Test Results panel - scroll down looking for RED ICONS on the left> Click items with RED ICONS> If buttons appear below the list, use them to remove unfixed viruses> When all RED ICONS are fixed Click X to Close AVG.

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Recommendations Continued

All our recommended software can be found HERE

INTELLIGENT USE of the FIREWALL (ZoneAlarm) – this is the one thing that requires you to decide if programs on your computer should be allowed to access the Internet. When Prompted by ZONE ALARM you have to choose if you want to let software on your computer go to the Internet. CHOOSE WISELY or THE VIRUSES WILL GET YOU!! Zone Alarm will automatically prompt you to update itself when needed. Always select only the FIRE WALL for free use.

WINDOWS UPDATE – this should be turned on to AUTOMATIC UPDATE but once a month you should proactively go and find any updates that have not been loaded. Mostly the CRITICAL UPDATES are taken care of by AUTOMATIC UPDATE but that is not all you will find.

Firefox Browser - As 98% of viruses are made to make use of Internet Explorer and its weaknesses, we say you should use Mozilla instead. It avoids most of those browser viruses.

Malwarebytes - is recommended to be used alternately with Ad-Aware. See Downloads Click Here

CHKDSK - At least every 3 months run CHKDSK on XP or Vista. For CHKDSK go to START>RUN and type in " CHKDSK c: /r " >OK. This removes lots of problems from your Hard Disk.

Defragment the Hard Disks - this takes a few hours to run so do it over night. At least every 3 months - Open START > RUN and in the box type " defrag c: " >OK.

This is by no means all we could recommend but it is 95% of what is needed to keep you from falling prey to NASTY STUFF out there for free. We will show you how the software we install performs the tasks above but we advise you to learn these tasks as you will perform them regularly. Each tool has its own HELP and possibly TUTORIAL.

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OTHER MAJOR ISSUES

We have posted further essential information Here

NEVER GIVE YOUR BANKING and CREDIT CARD DETAILS over the internet if requested by a site or service you do not know. Real BANKS NEVER ASK THESE DETAILS unless you are logging onto their site to do your own business. Always go to your BANK etc via the link you normally use, NEVER FROM AN EMAIL.

NEVER RESPOND TO ‘GET RICH QUICK OFFERS' OR EMAILS. AVOID RESPONDING TO EMOTIONAL PRESSURES FROM UNKNOWN EMAIL. $42M in a Bank from a dead relative? You have won $30M on our Lottery? NO WAY!!!

PHISHING AND IDENTITY THEFT - has become a serious problem with all kinds of fraudsters trying to get you to identify web sites and user/password details. Be very cautious of anything that looks genuine if you have not accessed it directly yourself without being prompted to do so. This includes download sites and personal sites like Face Book. Also take care about showing personal details on public sites as they can be used to impersonate you. Think first who might see the information and decide based on the worst case you can envisage.

Pharming, Phishing and Spoofing Nasties !!!!

Pharming

(farm´ing) (n.) Similar in nature to e-mail phishing , pharming seeks to obtain personal or private (usually financial related) information through domain spoofing . Rather than being spammed with malicious and mischievous e-mail requests for you to visit spoof Web sites which appear legitimate, pharming  'poisons' a DNS server by infusing false information into the DNS server, resulting in a user's request being redirected elsewhere. Your browser , however will show you are at the correct Web site, which makes pharming a bit more serious and more difficult to detect. Phishing attempts to scam people one at a time with an e-mail while pharming allows the scammers to target large groups of people at one time through domain spoofing.

Phishing

(fish´ing) (n.) The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft . The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user's information. For example, 2003 saw the proliferation of a phishing scam in which users received e-mails supposedly from eBay claiming that the user's account was about to be suspended unless he clicked on the provided link and updated the credit card information that the genuine eBay already had. Because it is relatively simple to make a Web site look like a legitimate organizations site by mimicking the HTML code , the scam counted on people being tricked into thinking they were actually being contacted by eBay and were subsequently going to eBay's site to update their account information. By spamming large groups of people, the “phisher” counted on the e-mail being read by a percentage of people who actually had listed credit card numbers with eBay legitimately.

Phishing, also referred to as brand spoofing or carding , is a variation on “fishing,” the idea being that bait is thrown out with the hopes that while most will ignore the bait, some will be tempted into biting.

Spoofing

(spoof´ing) (n.) A technique used to gain unauthorized access to computers, whereby the intruder sends messages to a computer with an IP address indicating that the message is coming from a trusted host. To engage in IP spoofing, a hacker must first use a variety of techniques to find an IP address of a trusted host and then modify the packet headers so that it appears that the packets are coming from that host.

Newer routers and firewall arrangements can offer protection against IP spoofing.

If you feel vulnerable or want to clean up your act then Contact Us for our help. You will be glad you did :-)

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