This post was inspired by A Virtual Perception’s Welcome Spring Contest!
Some people have been having some trouble lately because of the Facebook virus and others are complaining about slow computers.
Virtual IT Assistants concluded that now is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning on our computers.
Before updating or running any of these computer cleaning programs presented here, please backup all of your important files and program databases.
It is also not necessary for you to install and run all of the cleanup programs that are shared here.
The purpose of this post is to share some valuable and yet free ways to make sure that your information and privacy is protected while working online. Here are the tips broken into five different steps:
Do you already have virus and spyware protection?
see how your virus scanner is doing.
Spyware Protection and Repair
Download and run CleanUp! 4.5.2 by Steven Gould.
Spybot Search and Destroy For the best results, install this program and all of its updates while in safe mode with networking enabled. I also strongly recommend that you uncheck the install box for the TeaTimer and SDHelper components.
Trend Micro HijackThis Do not download this unless you know what you are doing. This tool is powerful and very effective. However, if you remove the wrong components, you may be unable to even boot your computer back up!
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition This is the best free virus scanner that we have found.
Avast Pro Anti-virus Virtual IT Assistants has not installed this program on any of our client’s computers, however our more technical contacts are beginning to highly recommend trying this out. So, it’s being included in this post for that reason.
Notice: Some high speed internet providers (like Comcast and other broadband providers) have gotten smarter about the habits of their users (especially with social and sharing media being more popular than ever), and began providing free internet access with their service. This is the best free virus scanner you’re gonna get.
Browser Plug-ins to Update
Virtual Office Tools
Think about it this way, you have all kinds of programs and applications working on your computer on a daily basis. Those applications are working, so you may ask yourself “Why should I run any updates?”. The reason behind software needing to be updated is that there are new security issues and vulnerabilities being found constantly that may leave your computer open to these threats if you fail to install the patches.
Once you know that your computer is safe and clean, restart your computer and reset your passwords to everything.