One of those things we say we should do and don’t… My computer at home is only used by me, so I am confident that I will not do something silly and get infected. My other systems in the house is another story – my wife and two daughters use this and you never know what might happen. You need to keep yourself safe when on the WEB, if you don’t do a few basic things you just might end up getting infected and that is not fun. Sometime you can get it removed and go on, other times you have to start from scratch which could mean losing information or just a lot of time or money to get it done.
First off everyone should have Antivirus software running and keeping it up to date.
You should also be running a Malicious Software Removal Tool regularly to ensure no one has done something they shouldn’t have….This advice was too late for my father-in-law whose system got infected bad! All antivirus software is shut down, no internet access at all in order to download the MSRT either. I am hoping the USB ports are not shut down as well as I am hoping to load up the MSRT from a USB key – we will have to see!
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a free malware scanner and remover which is updated every first Tuesday of each month. The tool (mrt.exe) is located in the system32 directory of Windows and it silently scans the computer after being updated via Windows Update. MRT or MSRT does not run to scan the system all the time but any PC user can manually scan the PC to check the system from Trojans, worms and other malware that MRT can identify. Note that MRT does not detect all type of threats but was developed by Microsoft to detect and remove malware that is in the wild, especially from worms that targets vulnerable components in Windows.
- Microsoft Tool Now Roots out Zeus Malware (pcworld.com)