This is a huge subject and one that simply cannot be answered in one single little blog article, but you can be sure that if you keep comming back to the computer fixer blog you will find good sound advice as to what to do.
You should make sure that any antivirus software you have is not going to run out of its updates without you renewing it first. All the common antivirus products will allow you to see when this is going to happen. Make sure that you renew your licence at least a week before it runs out and more like 10days before if there is a bank holiday comming up.

Fully update your browser and your antivirus software and your operating system, that is three things, lets count them, one, two, three.... "never ever be unprotected" especially when it comes to a computer used on the internet.

If you use your computer a lot then update your antivirus software a lot, this could mean forcing your antivirus software to go and get an update at least once a day!!

You must keep an eye on your browser, if any thing pops up to say that your computer is infected with a virus, you must treat that as an actual virus attack, s DO NOT Click on anything at all, instead disconnect from the internet by pulling out the cable connecting you to you router, or drop the wi-fi connection, then initiate a complete scan and whilst that starts up make a note of which web page you were on when that message popped up. make a note not to return to that page or indeed that web site....

Some of the earlier versions of Microsoft Explorer are not as secure as the more recient versions, and added to this you may find that any specific version of IE (Internet Explorer) may have some updates that you would be wise to apply to it..... perhaps you do not no how to do that? Well as always at the Computer fixer blog we tell you how...
IN IE there is a whole bunch of settings you can change......... go and open up the Internet Explorer browser, then go to tools ! Internet options ! then choose The last tab Advanced. Now scroll dow to find a radio button, it is square and

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In this blog we are continuing to talk about the possible ways a virus could be delivered to your PC Via face book. You have heard of Face Book I guess, a lot of people are using it I think now!
Face book in itself provided you are very it savey is quite safe but it is being used more by people that want to infect your computer and that is just part of the problem....
Face book is for sure a social networking web site and people use it for passing messages about things between computer users, and you can see just in that last statement that that could provide a security risk in itself....

What can happen is that someone who is intent on spreading viruses creates a Face Book account, now that easy isn't it ,all you need, is an internet connection and a Working Computer and an E Mail Address, it could be any valid E Mail Address, so could be on an Exchange Server or even Web based Mail like Yahoo mail or G mail or any internet based e mail.

So you see there is no barrier there, go to this web page: Creating a Face Book Account

You see that is is a steal or a very simple little thing!
So here is the Hustle as they say, anyone can set up a face book account, and can then be anywhere in the World on Face Book on a little pc in a room perhaps in a Hotel or in the local Internet cafe... The person can then post information to Face Book, which I believe allows you to create photos to share as well as as actually create web links to any where on the web, now thats interesting, "You could create a link to anywhere on the web ", i.e. and Web Server in any country that is working and on the internet.
The person trying to deliver the virus might post a simple message like perhaps one that says Hi have a look at my new home video here ... Wow, and then put in a link to that video right there on the message. That message may take you to a web page where it looks like there is a video to view, but it might say that your copy of Adobe Flash Video Player is out of date., click on this link to update your Flash player. That link looks like a valid link to update Adobe Flash Video Player.

This is a big subject, too much for one single blog entry.... but never the less we are going to talk Computer Security..... firstly make absolutelly sure that your antivirus software is still licenced to get its updates and that it can definately get its updates........ if for any reason it can not get its updates correctly : immediately be very very very suspicious.... suspect that you machine is very likely compromiised... and take action...........

Choose a Web browser that is more secure and safer than IE (Internet Explorer), There are many, like Firefox, Safari, Opera and others........ You should ensure that you have both a software Fire Wall, an upto date Virus Scanner, plus some up to date Anti Spywear Software ( you should consider having two of these), that is 2 Seperate Anti Spywear scanners on your single computer.
Further you should look at the various settings in you browser, and probably alter a few of them, we will give more details in this blog article and in future Blog articles on Computer Security.

There are many things that you can do that can compromise your computers integrety and security, Two of the most dangerous things are 1. downloading something that is not what it seems... by this I mean for example programs that look like antivirus programs but in fact are not, and 2. Following any links that are in you email inside your inbox.You should treat every link sent to you via e mail with a great deal of suspision indeed.

Some changes you can make to your browser. there are a few that are actualy worth while doing, I mention a couple here.... A. If possible configure your browser so that it will not accept third party cookies and B There may be a setting that warns you if a web site tries to reload a page, turn this on if you can, at least then you will know if web pages are being reloaded by the web site and can decide if you want this to be stopped!

If you do download any file that is an executable file to your computer you should consider what you are doing very very carefully indeed!!...... I recommend that any file you download to your machine that is an executable file that you do not run it ( that would be double clicking on it with the left mouse button) until you have scanned it with a fully up to date Antivirus program and 2 seperate fully up to date anti spywear programs and checked with preferably a real person that distributed the program that is is the correct file name and correct size and if possible check exactly the domain name you were on when you initiated the download, is this domain name one you can fully trust??????? How to tell, well you could use Bing, Goggle, Yahoo and Ask to search for whether or not that web site is safe or not safe?

You should run your operating system with the lattest operation system patch installed, so for windows XP it should have Service packs 1, 2 and 3 installed, you can tell at a glance what service pack you have if you go to Start Control pannel system and read what it says.
For Vista you should be running using Service pack 2, if you want to know more, like where to get Service pack 2 from or how to download it go to this Link Service Pack 2 For Vista

If you are going to install an antivirus package that is genuine and comes with 12 months updates then install it from a manufacturers DVD , DO NOT install it from a down load!!!!?

If you do decide to use peer to peer networks to download stuff you should be exceptionally careful, and the reason why is that many websites that utalize peer to peer networks to allow you to share files do have a certain amount of things on them that are definately not Virus / Spy wear / Malwear free.

If you do download something that is Zipped up, do not scan the zipped file, no instead use Something like 7_zip to unzip the package to a named Directory you create first, then scan that directory with your antivirus and anti spywear software.

This blog is drawing to a close but before it does consider this: If you are on line and anything at all pops up in you browser window saying that your computer is unsafe or infected or needs tuning or needs some type of scan or is infected with a virus a trojon a piece of spywear or malwear or any other blinking wear!!!!! Just ignore it totally and utterly, do not click your mouse on anything, make a note in a note book of where you are on the web and close down the browser completely.... do not go back to that web site or any pages on that web site ever again!!


Ok.... this is a grate or even great question and it is fare to say there is no one piece of software that will save your bacon in every situaltion, but at Chephrenrepairs.com, you know that little company just in between Reading and Wokingham not far off the A329M and the A329 in the Royal County of Berkshire: close to Bracknell and not that far away from Winnersh, Bracknell and Shinfield.. we use a blinking plethera of software to save you computer from going tits up....

Here are a few pieces of software that you may well consider using try to neutralize both spywear and Viruses and of course those dreaded trojon files that are lurking on you hard disk drive, and in no particular order its worth trying any of these ones below:
Malawarebytes Anti - Malwear, this is available for free but the question to ask is is the version you pay for better and the other version that costs, and does the version you pay for give you any particular benifits over the free version??!!??

Bit Defender Total Security 2009, we do recommend this one quite a lot..... This is software from Romania we beileve.


AntiVir PE Premium, this one is Germany we think, and it is sometimew seen on some magazines and you can sometimes get a licence from a mag for a number of months or many moons as the Vikings would say...!!!!

Another popular piece of software is of course Spybot Search and Destroy, this we think is difficult to get on cd or dvd in a box or may be is impossible to get in that format, but it is downlodable, the place to get it from is link to Safernetworking.org

Other pieces of software yu might try are Kapersky Interbet Security 2009 or Kapersky Internet Security Version 7.0, you will find if you go out to the shops that you can oftern buy a 3 user boxed copy of either of these two products, the question is in which shops..... well you can try Staples, PC World, Argos, for starters.....

oh yes its also worth mentioning that at Chephrenrepairs.com we undertake both Spywear and Virus cleansing and tota exstinction as well as Data Recovery work form all possible types of Hard Drive you could possibly have, infact if you are a regular reader of the Computer fixer blog expect to find a link to our up and comming Data Recovery service Web page that will be appearing very soon.....