Protect Your Computer On the Internet For Free with Six Simple but Essential Steps
Beef up your PC to the best of my knowledge. Here you have six basic steps to easily protect your PC on the Internet. This is an updated version of my article I wrote back in 2004 when I was helping out my friend to fix his computer problems.
Step #1: Patch the operating system
The first thing I did was check Microsoft website for any essential patches that have not been up-to-dated.
When you open the Microsoft Windows Update page, click the "Scan for updates" link. The page will suggest what updates are needed based on your Windows version. You should install all Critical Updates suggested by Microsoft.
It took me about one and half hour to complete the above steps.
Step #2: Download, install, and run Spybot to get rid of all spyware.
Spybot-S&D is a free anti-spyware software to detect any spyware installed on your PC.
Spyware is any software that is installed on your PC and tracks your online behavior without your knowledge or consent. Spyware generally can
After installed Spybot, I immediately scanned my friend's computer and found 166 problems. The first run killed nearly all of them except some memory residents that had to be killed after a reboot.
Online Armor Free firewall is a FREE firewall with 100% leak protection. It currently runs on Windows NT/2000/XP but not suitable for Windows Vista.
Note that if you are running WindowXP, there should be a basic firewall installed already with the operating system.
Step #4: Download avast anti-virus Free Edition
avast Free Home Edition is a well-known free anti-virus software. avast! Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use.
Important: The process of proper download and registration:
Step #5: Install password management software - KeePass.
KeePass is a free open source password manager.
Nowadays we all have many usernames and passwords to use on the internet. Some spywares record your keystrokes and send them to the hackers. It has been reported many times that people lost all their money in online bank account or internet payment system account.
KeePass Main Features
Step #6: Apply additional security measures.
More security measures and resources:
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