After the late Ransomware attacks, it’s never late to talk about the internet and personal computer security.
Ransomware is wicked, since it targets not only the home user but also Hospitals, Foundations, Museums and other public companies that rely on their I.T. systems to keep running smoothly. It puts people´s lives at risk and years of work wasted, so someone gets some money out of their frustrations but good programming skills.
The perpetrators usually invade the system and render it useless by encrypting the files on it, then asking for money to deliver the unlock key for those files.
Some empower sponsors to target particular groups of onlookers for their personal data. You are constantly open to the likelihood of being tainted with such programming instructions that can turn into an inconvenience and an issue in your future computer usage.
Smart programmers (read hackers) have done intelligent virus and trojans. part of them includes a database of known protection software enabling them the ability to recognize anti-spyware or anti-adware and shut them out from your PC before they do their own thing.
The Internet brings us closer, but also has brought the expansion of malevolent projects and applications that work their way into individual PCs and do their damage in an awful diversity of ways.
When a specific offensive program tries to get its way into your PC, the counter spyware program turns into your essential weapon against such undesirable applications. Other spyware projects can examine documents on your hard drive furtively, and even download other spyware programs into your PC.
An ideal move to keep your PC free of this risky and disturbing spyware is, obviously, to keep them from entering your operating system during normal use.
PC behavior that might imply spyware, adware or virus:
- It takes your PC a long time during boot to reach the Windows desktop
- The regular speed of your applications changed during startup or saving documents
- Excessive Advertisements popping up while you surf the internet
If you discover one of these situations running on your machine, at that point, your PC is undoubtedly a host to a few spyware and adware programs.
They now have the capacity to give the program writer an abundance of significant data, for example, passwords, Visa numbers, and email addresses. Some adware strategies are moderate and may only do as much as to promote a specific item while surfing the web.
To keep these offensive schemes from getting into your hard drive, you need an anti-spyware and anti-virus, or both, with a few extras introduced to raise the protection level.
There are various approaches to defeat and withdraw from spyware contamination.
These are my current recommendations, as of 2017, because lots of information I have seen around the internet is outdated and counseling obsolete software, not prepared for these new attack trends.
*** Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the software mentioned in this article ***
Chasing Down Spyware and Adware
Among the good anti-spyware and cleaners accessible, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware are two of the most well-known protections.
You can help their work by installing a firewall on your operating system as well. It will deny unwanted connections, thus, protecting you from the usual malware source.
My recommendation: Comodo Internet Security. It will give you the firewall, plus, an antivirus and Host Intrusion Protection.
These 3 are a great team and a considerable measure of layers against spyware, malware, and most hostile infection programs. They will distinguish and expel, erase or isolate spyware before any harm has been done.
But I am very curious and during my tests, I found I could do some harm to my system without any these programs noticing it, wich means they protect you against their threat database, but not against user fail or zero-day and infrequent techniques used to destroy your working machine.
So I tested and now use these other 2 pieces of helping software, that I really recommend you install and test their use:
Kerish Doctor – Protects from vulnerabilities and important system files, control security changes and checks installed software for vulnerabilities.
Wise Care 365 – Identifies potential security problems and optimizable operating system functionalities, with real-time junk file protection and cleaning. Includes Privacy Protection warnings.
I never had a problem with these 5 programs against any threat I had to throw at them when I tested in a virtual machine, and believe me, I tested a good share of similar protection software. Some had incompatibilities with one-another. Others simply lack some functionality or the price wasn’t realistic for the functionality of the program itself.
Resuming, we are now protected against:
- Host Intrusion
- Unwanted Internet Connections
- Website filtering
- PC control and repair
- Real-time threat vulnerabilities
- Privacy protection
- Junk analysis and cleaner
- Achieve all this by installing, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then SUPERAntiSpyware. Restart your system.
- Install Comodo Internet Security and restart your system.
- Proceed to install Kerish Doctor, do not restart the system. Install Wise Care 365 and then restart the system.
Most of these will ask you for a quick system scan to check how things are going in your operating system. Go ahead and take some time to read their recommendations and applying them if it fits your needs.
Personally, I applied all the recommendations given to my system: Windows 10 x64.
Good luck in the fight!