Free Internet Security Guide
Problems: When someone send you a virus or other malware via the Internet, your entire hard drive is at risk. Internet security protects your browser's information, as well as the rest of your files and folders.
Symptoms: If your Internet security is poor, you might experience a slow running browser, or pop-ups that never seem to end. You might also notice strange emails coming in and going out of your email account.
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Diagnose and Remove Malware
SparkTrust PC Cleaner Plus can fix many system problems, including removing malware running in active processes. Follow the steps below to find and remove malware running in active processes.
- Step 1:
- Start the Download for the SparkTrust PC Cleaner Plus Malware Removal Tool.
- Step 2:
- Click Run or Open and install as directed.
- Step 3:
- After scanning, simply click Fix All to remove active malware.
What is Internet Security?
Internet security is something all computer users must consider. The Internet is the most common way that threats such as viruses and Trojan horses find their way onto your machine. Once they infiltrate your hard drive, viruses and other malware can introduce a host of problems. You may lose the ability to complete Internet searches, open certain programs, or your private data may be hacked by someone you don’t know. Fortunately, you can protect yourself from Internet threats by taking the time to protect your computer with the proper firewall level and an antivirus program.
When am I at risk?
Your Internet security can be compromised for a number of reasons. Commonly, users will wind up with a virus or other malicious software when they download a video codec or use a file sharing website. Any time you download a software program to your computer from the Web, there may be malicious components you’re not aware of that hide themselves on your hard drive. Internet threats are also found in spam emails, so you should be diligent about deleting suspicious emails immediately, and never open an attachment from a sender you don’t recognize.
What can happen?
A lack of Internet security may open up your computer to a hacker. Once they gain access to your Internet browser, a hacker may be able to track your activity and ultimately uncover personal information. For example, someone may be able to figure out your log in information for credit card sites or other financial accounts. You may also see pop-up windows every time you try to complete any action, or be constantly redirected to a malicious site.
How can I protect myself?
Your email provider and operating system typically have some encryption and other protection methods built in to help protect your information, but there are also proactive steps that you can take as an Internet user to stay safe. Internet security can be achieved by keeping your firewall at a high level, and running an antivirus program. These measures will stop an Internet threat from being able to download to your computer, and can alert you when a malicious program is located.
Option 1: Managing Your Firewall
Your firewall controls the network traffic, and can stop dangerous traffic in its tracks when you’re using the Internet. Windows has a built in firewall, and you as the user can manage the level of security that it offers.
- Open the Windows start menu on your computer. You can access this menu by clicking on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your desktop screen. Choose “Control Panel” from the menu
- Type “firewall” (no quotations) in the search box in the upper right corner of the Control Panel. Click on the “Windows Firewall” option in the search results.
- Click on the “Turn Windows Firewall on or off” link in the left panel of the screen.
- Click the bubble next to “Turn on Windows Firewall” in the home or work and public network sections. When you click “OK,” the firewall will be enabled on your computer. If you want to get an alert each time your computer firewall blocks a threat, check the box next to “Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new program.”
- Click on the “Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall” in the left panel once you return to the Windows Firewall main screen if you want to ensure that a particular program is not blocked. Check the box next to a program to add it to your firewall safe list. Click “OK” when you’re done.
Option 2: Use an Antivirus Program
Antivirus programs can not only scan your hard drive for existing malware, but also monitor your Internet browser to catch worms, spyware, and other threats as they attempt to infiltrate your computer. If you are already noticing malware symptoms that make it difficult to use the Internet, restart your computer and press “F8” to bring up the advanced options menu. Choose “Safe mode with networking” to open your desktop in safe mode.
- Go to http://spark.sparktrust.revenuewire.net/stav/download in your web browser. Depending on your Internet browser, the program download may begin on its own. If not, approve the installation of SparkTrust Antivirus manually.
- When asked by a pop-up window, select “Yes” to allow SparkTrust AntiVirus to make changes to your computer.
- Click “Next” to begin the installation process, and continue to follow the on screen commands, such as choosing a download location on your “C” drive.
- Make sure the box next to “Run SparkTrust Antivirus” is checked and then click “Finish” to start scanning your computer for threats. The first time you run the program, a few updates will run prior to the malware scan.
- Upon the scan’s completion, approve the deletion of all found threats by clicking “Clean.”