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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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PC SECURITY - Keep your Windows PC safe and secure

(latest update - June 23 2008)

1. Enable a Firewall

2. Update Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office

3. Use Antivirus Software

  • AVG Anti-Virus (free - no support)
  • 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.
  • Norton Anti-Virus
  • 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.
  • McAfee Anti-Virus Products
  • 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.
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus: Free Online Virus Scanner (IE Only)
  • 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

  • Virus Removal Tools - Symantec
  • Virus Removal Tools - McAfee
  • 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.
  • McAfee AVERT Stinger v2.6.0 [1,144,839 bytes] (4/5/2006)
  • 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.
  • Latest Virus and Security Threats - Symantec

4. Scan for SpyWare

5. Computer Security Information

  • Computer Security Information
  • This page features general information about computer security. Information is organized by source and each section is organized by topic.
  • Home Computer Security
  • 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.
  • Microsoft - Security at Home
  • Steps to help ensure your PC is protected
  • ShieldsUP!! - Internet Connection Security for Windows Users
  • 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.
  • Urban Legends Home Page (Snopes.com)
  • PC Flank.com - Advanced Security Testing
  • 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.
  • PCPitstop.com - On-Line PC Testing
  • 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

7. Other Items of Interest

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