What do you know about the word “spyware”? Although you may have heard the term before, you would be surprised to know that nearly 60% of computer users or watchful computer users run their computers as if they were under controlled. There are many reasons for this, but the most common is confusion over what “spyware” is and the different types of programs that are out there.
The main reason that users download anti-spyware software is because they know that anti-spyware software will FRIGHTEN their computers from unwanted accesses. In other words, they believe that their computers are protected. In truth, they are not.
Therefore, these users also believe that they are safe from unwanted uses which is just not true. Suppose you unpack a box from the store, you will know what type of box it is – it is most likely a keylogger. The reason you would purchase keyloggers is because you want to cover your tracks.
Therefore, you need to take steps to protect your computer from that which you do not want. There are spyware provisions in your operating system that allow you to block programs from being installed on your machine. Nagging your machine is just not smart today.
Hackers and viruses have changed the way we do nearly everything on our daily tasks and this has introduced the world to the digital realm and the information superhighway. Although we now have more control over our computers and online activities, we should STILL take steps to protect our computers because having information stolen is more destructive than having it stolen.
There are different protection measures you can take but the most important thing is to REALIZE that your computer is susceptible to attacks. Once you realize that, you take steps to correct this so that you can live with it. The first thing to realize is that attacks are sometimes more subtle and backhanded. This is because hackers are experienced and smarter and usually they will see other security holes. Therefore, you need to alter your approach and beunts (or may be “hijacking”) your way around the network or computer. This is simply the act of running your fingers on the network to see if you can gain access or compromise some information.
Now, what about those viruses that infect your machine? It is estimated that more than 80% of computers are infected with some sort of virus. And, many times people do not know it. Does your computer ever display a warning saying “Your personal files may be at risk”? And, does it ever warn you that your system may be infected with a virus? These are among the warning signs that your computer is infected with a virus. And, you know what? Often, even if you do know an infection has occurred, you may not be able to remove it. Sometimes it is too tough to even bring yourself off the computer because of too much damage.
Although you may have tried fixing it yourself, it is too difficult, and you just may make your computer worse. There are software fixes that you can do yourself, but you must be cautious when using these anti-spyware packages. You may not be able to delete it, and it may just reinstall itself from another program.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to remove some of the traces of the virus. Three of the most effective are:
- Clean and remove unused files – including temporary files, old files, and file-sharing networks. You can remove these by using the Disk Cleanup utility which is pre-installed on Windows. If you want more information on how to clean up your computer, go to the Microsoft website.
- Defragment your hard drive – which is actually a combination of hard drive file defragment, hard drive fragmentation, and several other computer operations. Fragmentation occurs when your computer or hard drive is being used too much because of faulty, or unneeded programs. It is a good idea to defragment your hard drive once a month.
- Clean up the registry – you can download a registry cleaner online, but be sure to start with a thorough registry clean up on your computer. There are free registry cleaners that you can easily download.
Now that you have abided by these best registry cleaning tips, you may want to choose a clean up software to speed up your computer. Being a computer technician is not an excuse. You still need to clean up your computer. But, you may want to try a few of these tips first. If you do not you may want to hire a computer technician.