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Computer Maintenance : Protect Your PC From Viruses, Worms & Trojans
Each of the items in the checklist below is part of a broad and easy to implement security policy.
Install all windows critical updates for your operating system from the Microsoft Update site - it's free! All that's required to keep your Microsoft operating system up to date is an Internet connection.
and configure a firewall - either a hardware or software based firewall
is a must! If you are using a router, it probably has firewall
capabilities included. Software firewalls are available at minimal
cost; one of the best is free!
Install and configure antivirus software - the cost is minimal, there are even free
versions available - the protection is priceless! Update the definition
files daily - scan your drive weekly - it can all be automated with
Create a backup - even the best
plan can be circumvented - be prepared for the worst with a complete
backup of your hard drive! If you already have a CD burner and software
installed in your machine, you probably have the tools to create a
complete system backup - for only the cost of a few CD-R's!
the costs to properly protect yourself from the worst threats to your
security are almost nil. If you need help with any step above, simply
use a Google search to find help - it's freely available.
these four simple steps and you will have implemented comprehensive and
complete protection for your PC. If you are unable to initiate your own
plan, hire an expert to do the job. You won't be sorry!