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Suggested PC Security Installations
There are a certain number of very important steps you can take to insure that you have an adequately secure system. We invite you to read and implement
these important programs to insure you are protected.
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Windows XP Tips
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PC SECURITY - Keep your Windows PC safe and secure
(latest update - June 23 2008)
1. Enable a Firewall
Basic PC firewall protection for the home user.
2. Update Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office
Download and install CRITICAL updates - ESSENTIAL
Review and install other updates, as required - STRONGLY recommended
Download and install MS Office Updates, as required - ESSENTIAL
Published: September 14, 2004
Updated: September 21, 2005
Follow instructions on this page and install updates, as required - ESSENTIAL
Important: Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) is not affected by the GDI+ issue, and installing Windows XP SP2 eliminates the GDI+ issue in affected Microsoft developer tools and imaging software. However, Windows XP SP2 users may have other Microsoft software installed that requires updating. If you use Windows XP SP2 and Microsoft Office, please visit the
MS Office Update
Web site to scan your computer for needed updates.
3. Use Antivirus Software
- AVG Anti-Virus is fully compatible with the new
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. All AVG Editions support the new advanced security features available in Windows XP SP2. AVG integrates smoothly with the Service Pack 2 Security Center, providing end users with a clear overview of the status of their anti-virus protection.
Download the latest version of AVG Anti-Virus here Here is a list of specialized
utilities and instructions
for virus removal. They can be used for removal of the most commonly spread types of viruses. The list is updated on regular basis.
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus is one of the world's most trusted antivirus solution. It removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses automatically, without interrupting your work. New Norton Internet Worm Protection blocks certain more sophisticated worms (such as Blaster and Sasser) before they enter your computer. Norton AntiVirus can also detect spyware and other non-virus threats.
Make your computer a virus-free zone with either McAfee VirusScan or McAfee VirusScan Professional. Both of our anti-virus solutions offer you robust protection against more than 80,000 viruses. You'll be able to receive e-mail attachments, download files, and surf the Web free from concerns about malicious code.
The Kaspersky Online Scanner uses Microsoft ActiveX technologies to scan your computer for malicious code. The scanner uses MS Internet Explorer to scan your machine while online, and offers the same exceptional detection rates as other Kaspersky Lab products.
NOTE: You will be promted to install an ActiveX component from Kaspersky... Click Yes.
3a. Virus Information and Removal Tools
Viruses have become increasingly complex and virus infections involve more system elements than ever before. These tools automatically conduct what would often amount to extensive and tedious manual removal tasks. If your system has become infected, the tools listed at the above links should aid you in repairing the damage.
Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.
Versions of Stinger
Stinger: New releases of Stinger contain all families, and associated families, of threats that have achieved a Medium of higher Risk Asssessment. This Stinger is only updated upon the discovery of a new Medium or higher threat.
ePO Stinger: When possible, and ePO compatible version of Stinger will be created. Currently only ePO 2.5 - 3.5 are supported.
Threat Specific Stingers: When needed, a Stinger will be released that targets a specific threat.
4. Scan for SpyWare
5. Computer Security Information
This page features general information about computer security. Information is organized by source and each section is organized by topic.
This document helps you think about the problems you face when you have a home computer and gives you advice on how to address these problems. By taking the time to read this document, you know more about securing your home computer and the extra costs required to do this job. Do the tasks described here and share this document with your friends. We all benefit from a more secure Internet.
Steps to help ensure your PC is protected
Without your knowledge or explicit permission, the Windows networking technology which connects your computer to the Internet may be offering some or all of your computer's data to the entire world at this very moment!
ShieldsUP!! benignly probes the target computer at your location to conduct probative protocol tests through any and all equipment located between your computer and the Internet. NO INFORMATION gained from your use of these services will be retained, viewed or used by us or anyone else in any way for any purpose whatsoever.
The goal of PC Flank is to make your interactions on the Internet safe and private. Our main concern is to help protect your computer from Internet viruses and attacks by hackers (more properly called 'crackers').
You can easily test your system for vulnerabilities to Internet threats with our on-line tests. Find out if dangerous viruses or Trojan horses infect your computer. The tests take less than five minutes. Afterwards you will see a full report including recommendations on how to improve the security of your system.
Is your PC acting sluggish? Are strange windows inexplicably popping up on your screen? Do you have to reboot your computer because of errors and lockups? The free computer checkup and diagnostics at this site can help you detect and fix many common PC problems!
6. Interesting Info from US-CERT - United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
The following documents may be useful for home and corporate users, or for people new to computer security.
This Tech Tip provides guidance for users connecting a new (or newly upgraded) computer to the Internet for the first time. It is intended for home users, students, small businesses, or any site with broadband (cable modem, DSL) or dial-up connectivity and limited Information Technology (IT) support. Although the information in this document may be applicable to users with formal IT support as well, organizational IT policies should be followed.
The following documents are available on the US-CERT web site.
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