How to do Regular Check Ups on your Computer 1

Babies require vaccinations in order to normally fuse with society. Often times, these precautionary methods are not enough and we get sick. To ensure health, it is recommended people get regular check ups by a doctor. Computer operating systems also require an antivirus software of some sort in order to operate normally. Perhaps not as often, but these efforts are not enough and unwanted programs are installed without our knowledge. Unlike people, it is not easy to get your computer regularly checked by a professional for hidden malware. However, it is easy to do regular check ups on your computer yourself.

No longer is it necessary for you to have a degree in Computer Science or be a tech genius to give your computer a regular checkup. With the help of the internet, a little patience and time, you will be surprised by what you are capable of.

Here’s how I do my regular check ups:

1. Open the “Control Panel”

2. Open “Programs”

3. Open “Programs and Features”

This will allow you to see most of the programs that are installed on your computer.

4. Go through the list and make a note of any programs you do not recognize. Most program names are self-explanatory but there will be names that you do not recognize nor contain the purpose of the program (whether it’s a download assistant or toolbar). I usually write them down on a piece of paper but that’s up to you.

5. Utilize your internet access. I usually go online and type the name of the program as accurately as possible. Sometimes the version numbers or certain details will not give you the desired results. When these occasions arise,  leave out the details and try the first 3~4 words. If that does not give me enough information, I type “reviews” after the name of the program. This usually gives me a better idea of what the program really is, not just what the program’s creators want me to believe.

6. Determine whether the program you are searching is absolutely necessary to your computer. Some programs may no longer be necessary, some programs may not be needed for the near future. Just keep in mind unnecessary programs are taking up that much of your computer’s memory right now.

7. Upon determining a program is unnecessary, click on the program from the “Programs and Feature” list and uninstall or delete.

The last time I did a regular check up on my laptop, I found 3 spyware programs and an add-on I had no idea when or how they were installed. What did your check up reveal?

Do you know all the programs installed on your computer?

Do you know all the programs installed on your computer?

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Outdated Windows OS has higher risk of being infected by malware

Microsoft Windows OS

Microsoft Windows OS

 

Which version of Microsoft Windows OS are you using? Windows 2000? or Windows XP? We suggest you to update your Windows OS to a more recent version to lower the chance of being infected by malware.

A study generated by BitDefener, (one of Roboscan’s internet security engine) reveals that 9.28 percent of the scanned systems that run Windows 2000 are still infected by malware despite internet security software.

Windows XP still has a massive followers although it is claimed to be retired by April 8, 2014, while the study shows that XP has the highest infection rate of 12.87 percent after scanning.

Computers that run Windows 7 was detected to have a 11.74 percent infection rate after running security solution. However, only 4.59 percent of the devices who runs the latest Microsoft OS, Windows 8 were infected.

OS version vs. infection rate

OS version vs. infection rate

We can see a direct relationship between how old the OS you’re using and the chances of being infected by malware. Apparently, the older the version of your Windows OS you are using, the more likely you will be  the target.

Up till today, according to OPSWAT, “Windows 7 leads the pack in the operating system market (53.8% of all Windows versions), followed by Windows XP (36.2%) and Windows Vista (8.1%).” If you are that 36.2%, we suggest you to update your OS to protect your cyber security.

Windows OS user deployment

Windows OS user deployment

Last but not the least, if you’re a Roboscan user, in addition to upgrade your Windows OS, don’t forget to keep your Roboscan Internet Security up-to-date for the best protection to your PC!

 

 

 

How To Remove Panda Cloud Unwanted Pop-up

Are you struggling to download Roboscan Internet Security or access to URLs  because this message ”The page has been blocked as it contains malware or exploits” just keep getting in your way? Even you check to agree that you’re going to continue visiting this web page no matter what, nothing happens after several clicks on “continue.”

Panda Cloud Antivirus Safe Search Protection

Panda Cloud Antivirus Safe Search Protection

Therefore, you tried to find a way to get rid of this pop-up; decided to bypass the alert and download the software in spite of the risk of getting infection, but in vain. You went to the control panel trying to find and remove any antivirus software from Panda, but in vain again, because you have never installed it at the very beginning. So what should you do?

 

3 easy steps to remove the Panda Cloud Antivirus Safe Search Protection” pop-up

1. Go to Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features>Uninstall a program

2. Search for a program called “Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor” powered by Panda Security (See blow screenshot)

3. Check to uninstall the program.

Remove "Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor" from control panel

Remove “Anti-Phishing Domain Advisor” from control panel

Remember in the post <Sneaky Spyware, Adware, Tool Bars>, we suggest you to go over your program list once in awhile to avoid any malicious software intruding on your computer without your permission? On the program list, I notice this program was installed 2 months ago while I haven’t seen it show up until 2 weeks ago; meanwhile, I can’t even remember I had opted-in to installed such program. We suggest you to keep an eye on what are installed on you computer periodically and remove the suspicious ones to guard your internet security and privacy.

Last but not the least, keep in mind that you do not have to download any software or widget in order to download Roboscan Internet Security. The message at the bottom of the pop-up misleads people to download Panda Cloud Antivirus to visit certain links or download certain software.

 

 

Facebook Vulnerability Targets Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline

After numerous attempts at contacting Facebook’s support team, IT expert Khalil Shreateh used a bug he’d discovered to post a very public message on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline. The message has since been removed, but the vulnerability allows users to post to anyone’s wall, regardless if they are not friends.

Shreateh, as noted in his blog post about the bug, tested it and submitted the bug to Facebook’s Whitehat disclosure service – one that awards users who discover security vulnerabilities $500+ per successful bug discovery. A Facebook engineer replied to Shreateh’s submission by saying “This is not a bug.”

In response to the engineer’s immediate dismissal, Shreateh used the vulnerability to post to Mark Zuckerberg’s wall with details of the bug. Within minutes, Shreateh’s account was temporarily disabled. Facebook had to acknowledge his discovery, but refused to pay for his discovery on the premise that the methods he used to unveil it violated Facebook’s Terms of Service.

The bug has since been fixed, but Facebook stands its ground in withholding any reward from Shreateh. Facebook’s Whitehat page notifies all uses that in order to be eligible for the bounty program, users must use test accounts and adhere to existing privacy policy: “If you give us a reasonable time to respond to your report before making any information public and make a good faith effort to avoid privacy violations, destruction of data and interruption or degradation of our service during your research, we will not bring any lawsuit against you or ask law enforcement to investigate you.”

Bounty programs have become standard in the tech community. Rewards can often be quite substantial. Microsoft recently launched a program that offers up to $150,000 for newly discovered vulnerabilities.