How to protect my computer from viruses?

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  1. Miller

    Miller New Member

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    I am a student of computer field, I use to play and download games through internet. After downloading games I found that the games do not work properly and also the system. Is this due to a virus? So, is there any idea to download games and other things without any virus?
     
  2. tblount

    tblount New Member

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    Run a virus scan and find out Panther has a free one and Windows Security Essentials is free.

    Yes, buy them from the company that makes them. Or a reputable outlet like Amazon.
     
  3. nehoma

    nehoma Honorable Member

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    I just tried to kill Tblount's spider by clicking on it and got a nice surprise. Try it folks!
     
  4. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Some times games just don't run well under Windows 7.

    You can choose compatability mode by right-clicking on the executable file click properties, the the Compatability tab.

    There are various options for you to choose from and each has their own opinion.
    I personally use PCTools Anti-virus free

    PC Tools AntiVirus - Free Anti Virus Download and Removal

    and their free firewall is excellent.

    I don't mean to blow you off about rge anti-virus, it is absoluetly neccessay, but just type this into Google

    the best freeware anti-virus programs.
     
  5. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Further reading: TweakGuides.com - The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion

    This guide will answer many of your questions and will show you how to set your pc up to run clean, safe and above all, fast. Don't even worry if you've moved over to windows 7 as many of the tips within work just as well.

    If you want to download games ect in a safe enviroment then you cannot get much better than STEAM.

    Welcome to Steam
     
  6. tblount

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    What did you find out? That I only have 5 friends here? I need at least one more so I can have enough Pallbearers to get burried?
     
  7. tblount

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    It's YOUR fault stoopid

    Microsoft blames Windows 7 upgrade mess on user confusion

    Microsoft yesterday blamed user confusion for the problems many have encountered trying to move from Vista to Windows 7 after buying a discounted upgrade offered to college students


    Students who mistakenly downloaded the 64-bit edition of Windows 7 from Digital River should request a refund, Microsoft's Michael continued, then pay for and download the 32-bit version instead.

    Digital River has yet not responded to a request for comment made last Friday.
     
  8. nehoma

    nehoma Honorable Member

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    dont get burriewd yet Mr Blount you are too young and have you seen the cost of funerals. What I found out when I clicked your spider was I got a picture of a young lady with nice titties. Be nice if everytime we clicked on a spider we got the same respose.
     
  9. Denley

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    I think you must buy an antivirus for your system which will help you to get rid of virus and other critical errors. The antivirus will also support to maintain downloading and all types of files downloaded through internet. I know one of the website which is very helpful and it provides really Cheap AntiVirus and is a no. 1 resource for computer specializing in antivirus, antispyware, internet security, backup & restore, and all-in-one security software.
     
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    Keeping up to date with modern Windows versions and the very latest security fixes are key ways to keep your computer more secure.
     
  11. tblount

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    This is interesting because I spent a couple hours this morning researching and testing the entry points some viruses use to get into a system. I wrote up the following stuff to put in my next blog. Comments welcome.


    Ounce of prevention...
    The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is
    a huge understatement when it comes to dealing with virus threats.
    Virus detection programs do just THAT... they DETECT viruses that have already
    infected your system. Some AV programs run all the time and monitor your files
    and will detect a virus infection EARLY... and most virus can then be removed.
    HOWEVER, there are some really NASTY viruses that can NOT be removed and
    formatting your system and starting over from scratch is the ONLY option you
    have. In these cases, EARLY is NOT soon enough
    Almost every virus strain uses a different entry point to install itself
    and access your computer so it's impossible for anyone to develop a method
    to totally safeguard a computer. Most often you have to be "tricked" into
    executing a program that contains virus code. We know the obvious methods such
    as email file attachments, cracks and hacks from warez websites. Links to
    cute little animation cards and such, websites popup a notice that you
    MUST download their viewer (or whatever) to access their site, view their
    media etc. Be smart and evaluate the risk of satisfying your curiosity.

    Some viruses find their way to your computer through other infected computers
    on over a network. These are the most difficult to prevent if you MUST be
    connected to other computers.

    Ok.. now that I'm scared is there anything I can do?

    Some of the most nasty viruses use a file they add called winlogonN.exe
    Notice the extra N. Winlogon.exe is a critical system file that is called
    at startup... even in safe mode which makes it a prime target for viruses.
    Obviously a virus maker would want to activate the virus before the system
    can get to the point it loads any AV program that may catch or block it.
    Fortunately the file protection in Windows 7 called TrustedInstaller makes
    it rather difficult to modify, overwrite, delete or rename this file...
    but I'm not saying it can't be done.

    Some virus programs use the trickery of using a similar name. A simple
    way to prevent this is to prohibit the virus from creating a file named
    winlogonn.exe ... but how is that possible? It's possible because the
    windows file system does NOT allow a FILE ... AND.. a FOLDER to have the
    same name. If you create a FOLDER named winlogonn.exe in your \windows\system32
    folder.... you can not create a FILE named winlogonn.exe in the windows\system32
    folder.
    Is that confusing? Just create a new folder in Windows\system32 and name it
    winlogonn.exe ...then if a virus wants to drop a file named winlogonn.exe ...
    it won't be allowed.
    This method can get rid of a lot of pesky viruses that keep coming back.
    For example, a common, rather harmless virus uses a file it drops called
    b.exe in the Windows folder. if you create a folder named b.exe in your
    windows folder ... it can't come back.
    Here is some info on a very evil virus you want to avoid at all cost.
    VIRUX Cases Escalate
     

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