Posts Tagged ‘malwarebytes’

12 Ways to protect your system from Viruses, Malware and Ransomware

Ways to Protect Your System

1. Setup a backup of your data using tools built into Windows or a free or paid backup program or online service. I like Acronis and Macrium Reflect for backing up my system. Follow the 3-2-1 backup rule. Have backups on 2 different types of medium locally and 1 backup offsite like Carbonite or Idrive. The local backups can be to a USB drive, External Hard drive or other medium.

2. Setup a standard user account instead of using an administrator account. If an virus gets into your system they will have full access to everything because you are using an administrator account.

3. Install a good Antivirus program like AVAST, AVG, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Avira, Trend Micro, Panda, Eset or others. The free version of AVAST is here.

4. Install a good firewall like Zonealarm. The free version of Zonealarm is here. Some antivirus products include a firewall so check whichever anti-ivrus you are using to see if it has a firewall. Firewalls and anti-virus programs will turn off the Windows anti-virus or firewall during installation.

5. Install a second software for malware prevention. Be careful not to install 2 antiviruses as they will cancel each other out. ( good examples that won’t conflict are: Malwarebytes, HitmanPro, Spybot Search and Destroy, Adaware)
Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 also helps prevent ransomeware and rootkits.

6. Restrict certain file attachments like .exe or executable files. Depends on the email program you are using. Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. Sometimes viruses send out emails from computers and you think it is a friend, but it’s not. This is a very common way people get infected.

7. Don’t click on links in email. If you need to check your accounts then go direclty to the website. The linksin email may be phishing links which may all the bad guys to access your computer or change your passwords or infect you.

8. Show file extensions. This helps you identify file types so that you don’t accidentally click on a bad file and get infected.

9. Keep your software and Windows updated with the latest security patches. Patchmypc and AVAST will allow you to update applications on your computer. Do your Windows updates.

10. Use a web browser add-on like Bitdefender TrafficLight, AVAST Online Security, NoScript Security Suite, Avira Browser Safety.

11. Don’t allow people who call you randomly to access your computer. They are probably the ones that infected you in the first place and they are trying to get money out of you. They say they will fix your computer, but they may lock you out completely.

12. Install a good pop up blocker like Ublock Origin for Chrome or Firefox. Here is a good comparison of why it is better to use Ublock Origin instead of Adblocker.

Here is a good video from Britec

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Malwarebytes for Android Phones available for Free

Features
Security Audit

Identifies security vulnerabilities on the device, suggests remediation
Links seamlessly to Android Device Manager’s device location features so the device can be located, locked, or reset if it is lost or stolen
Application Manager

Identifies which applications are currently running
Identifies installed applications
Enables custom whitelisting of approved apps
Privacy Manager

Identifies every application’s access privileges in detail
Breaks down access privileges by category: Contacts, Identity Information, Simple Message Service (SMS), and Security Settings
Anti-Malware/Anti-Spyware

Proactively scans applications and files for malware and spyware
Scans native memory and SD card
Identifies Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) for removal
Process Automation

Schedules automatic scans
Updates the protection database automatically
Color codes device health issues by severity automatically

Tech Specs
Version: 2.0
Supported Operating Systems: Android 2.3+
Languages Supported: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian


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Free Malwarebytes Install and Scan – Video

Free Malwarebytes Install and Scan Video – Get the latest Free Malwarebytes and scan your system video. This is a highly rated software that takes care of some of the toughest malware infections. This video shows you how to get Malwarebytes, install it, scan for infections and remove or quarantine them.


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