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How to Keep Your Computer Free from Attacks Without Anti Virus Programs

If you depend on your computer or laptop for your everyday work, you canÂ’t afford to have virus attacks of any kind. However, you can prevent virus, Trojan and worm attacks without using any anti virus programs in the following easy steps.

Isn’t it irritating when you have to type your report or article on your computer and the machine just goes blank on you?

Okay, not exactly blank but one thing leads to another and the scariest error message screen splashes on your computer’s screen, the blue screen of death.

It’s so bad that even restarting your computer doesn’t help. The reason why it is the scariest phenomenon is because the computer screen suddenly turns blue, with text displayed in a very small font size reporting errors that only computer geeks understand. In short your computer has been rendered useless courtesy of a virus.

In other instances, your computer is so slow that once you power it up, it takes so long to load basic processes that you could dash to the mall and return in time to find it winding up. Other processes like your word processor may also respond in the same manner.

There is a remedy to all the above, though technically it is not 100% fool proof but is close to 99% effective.

If you own a computer that is the source of your livelihood then ensure you protect it using the following methods.

NB: These DIY instructions apply to Windows based systems since Macs are immune to attacks, a story for another day;

1. Disable the auto run feature on your computer - Go to start, Run, and type in GPEDIT.MSC and press enter. You are presented with a Group Policy screen with several options but on the left panel click on administrative template. On the right another screen pops up with a list of four components; a) Windows components (b) System (c) Network and finally printers. Click on system and a list of several options appears. Scroll down to the - Turn off autoplay option and double click on it. Choose Enabled and change the settings under the option - Turn off autoplay on - to reflect all drives and click apply. What this feature does is to prevent external drives e.g. flash disks and CD-ROMs from self executing when plugged in because that is a major avenue for viruses, worms and Trojans to copy themselves to your system.

2. Never double click files you are not sure of.

3. Don’t double click external drives, flash disks and external hard drives to avoid executing virus codes in your computer. Instead, right click and choose the explore option to bypass virus execution commands when you double click.

4. Install a good firewall that will help you monitor files coming into your system and those going out. A basic firewall should give you the option to allow certain programs to access the internet. For instance your browser is vital and should be the first on the list of safe programs. For traffic out of the system then your mails and attachments are scanned and authorization prompts appear on your computer.

5. Finally the safest method that has worked for me is using a security utility called Deep Freeze. Deep Freeze, upon installation retains current configuration on the system and doesn’t allow any alteration on the ‘frozen’ areas. Virus, Trojan and worm codes love copying themselves to the registry for self executing at start up and this area is also out of bounds for any file once you install this great tool. You can download it from Faronics labs. No updates necessary after installation. It functions completely on its own and doesn’t prompt for threat quarantines or any other lingo familiar with antivirus programs.

I haven’t used an antivirus program for three years. Never have I had attacks on my desktop computer or experienced devastating operating system crashes or even attacks from viruses, Trojans and worms because I use the methods listed above. The last option is the safest for me.

What do you do to stay safe on your computer?

 

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Comments (3)

Useful tips. Bookmarked this. The only problem I encountered with Deep Freeze is it's cumbersome if you want to install a new software. I avoid viruses just by surfing only familiar sites. Also, Windows 7 is also a good OS because it asks permission from the user whenever an application (which may be a virus) wants to make changes to the computer.

Hi Patrick, Thanks for your appreciation. For me deep freeze isn't cumbersome because I have grown accustomed to its operations and it has saved me more than once when extremely harmful code was trying to execute. I really haven't tried Windows 7 security features because I operate on XP professional but Microsoft have only one product that is pretty secure according to me, Windows 2000.

Many computer users don't have the idea about this information. It is really expensive to purchase an anti virus software to protect the computer. You have shared your idea with this perfect article of yours. Keep it up! Thanks, voted and shared.

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