Keeping it Clean: Virus Removal BasicsWritten by John Lenaghan
The day you learn your computer is infected with a virus or spyware is a lonely yet aggravating day. You’ll be angry that you fell victim, and may feel helpless because of your lack of knowledge about virus removal or pc repair. But don’t worry - you’re not alone! Unfortunately, you’re actually part of a club of tens of thousands of people who feel same way every day!
According to AVG, virus protection usually doesn’t detect adware or spyware both of which can wreak havoc on a computer. Thousands of people each day are infected with malicious programs! Worry no longer and stop feeling helpless because this guide is a basic computer virus repair guide that will help you identify and remove viruses and malware.
Are You Running Antivirus Software?
If you already have virus software perform an update for latest version and then run a system scan. If you do not have such software, download a free copy of AVG virus protection at http://www.grisoft.com/doc/40/lng/us/tpl/tpl01. This will give you free real time virus protection, email scanning and virus removal tools.
Zone Labs vs. Windows XP Service Pack 2 FirewallWritten by John Lenaghan
Windows XP computer users fall into two categories: those who have personal firewall software and those who do not. Knowing that majority of computer users go without a firewall, Microsoft has included an internet security firewall into latest XP update called Service Pack 2. If you had no prior firewall, day you download SP2 update is a happy day for you.
If you already have a personal firewall such as Zone Labs, McAfee or Norton, then a question arises as to which one you keep, because any computer repair store geek would say you should not keep both XP firewall or your existing software because it has dynamic Microsoft name behind it, or go with a more niche company for security such as Zone Labs.
What is this Firewall Thing, Anyway?
First, what is a firewall? A personal firewall protects your computer from malicious users by blocking unauthorized access. Who needs a firewall? The term “firewall” gives impression that only large companies need a “wall” of “fire” to block attacks. You probably feel your computer is too small to attract an attack. But let’s not forget that hackers are hackers because they are students of behavior! They know that millions of people think they’re not targets and forego internet security. They build viruses to seek out such vulnerable computers, which can lead to a multitude of computer problems, not to mention identify theft.