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Basic rules for keeping your computer safe

1. Buy and install a firewall program.
The firewall will block intruders from breaking into your Windows PC across the Internet. If you have a home network or network at a small office in which all the computers access the Internet through one Windows PC, install the firewall on that one PC. A program called BlackICE is the best by far. Get it from www.networkice.com.
If you don't have an Internet connection, you don't need to install a firewall program. A firewall has no use except as a barrier against unwanted entry from the outside. If your PC is not connected in any way to the outside world, don't install a firewall program.
2. Buy and install antivirus software.
But listen up. Nobody else will tell you the bad part about antivirus software: Most of it is overstuffed and underpowered, so skip the two big names (Norton and McAfee) and buy Fix-It from Mijenix instead. Fix-It comes with good AV software that doesn't overload your PC the way the Norton and McAfee programs do. (Norton is made by Symantec, so avoid Symantec antivirus software if it's sold under that name, also.)
Antivirus software is no good if you don't run it. In an ideal world, you would run it all the time. But you probably can't. AV software usually gets in the way when you (or your kids) are playing serious games. So as soon as you install your AV software, find out how to disable it so you can keep peace in the family. Then make sure you know how to reenable it when the PC is not used for games.
3. Unless you have a VERY good reason to use it, do not use Outlook Express for e-mail.
Outlook Express is deadly. It allows viruses to enter your computer when it gets the mail. You don't have to read the mail; just getting the mail is enough. (I'll explain how this happens in a minute.)
Use another program. Netscape Messenger is fine and does not have the problem. You can get Netscape Messenger free by downloading and installing the Netscape Communicator suite. Go to www.netscape.com.
Outlook Express is not the same as Outlook 97, Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000. If you are now using one of those Outlook programs, you can keep using them if you turn off the View function. Viewing a message in Outlook can allow viruses to enter your computer. Just as with Outlook Express, users of Outlook don't have to open or read the mail to let viruses in. Just viewing the mail is enough. (Outlook Express always shows the mail in the View function, visibly or not; even if it seems that you can turn it off, you actually can't stop this behavior. So you can't block some of the newest viruses. That's why Outlook Express is unacceptable.)
If you can't switch to a safer e-mail program right now, or if you want to keep using Outlook Express despite my warnings, go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/Bulletins/ms99-032.asp and follow the directions you see there. But please understand that the basic problems of Outlook Express are not fixed by the directions Microsoft will give you at this site. The fix is only good for one kind of problem.
4. Don't open an attachment that comes in the mail unless you asked somebody to send it to you.
I doubt that you'll ever ask someone to send you a virus, so I'm confident that following this simple rule will keep your PC from getting infected by viruses that arrive in attachments. The only help you'll need is sticking to the rule. An example will show what I'm talking about.
Suppose you are at work and an e-mail letter arrives from *********** on the other side of town. It has an attachment. "This is cute!" the letter says.
Should you open the attachment? Not on your life. You didn't ask for that file. You have no idea what it is. And *********** probably doesn't really know what it is, either. Most people who pass along attachments of this kind (a "cute" kitty that tiptoes across your screen, for example) do not know what the attachments actually do. It's child's play for a virus creator to hide a virus in a program that makes a kitty appear on your screen, but you can be sure that the people who pass along "cute" attachments never realize that.
Here's another example. Let's say you're at home and an e-mail letter arrives from "a 911 dispatcher." The letter has been forwarded 4,729 times, and each time it picked up a few more comments that say something like, "I swear this is true. A friend of mine knows the brother of the priest who heard the confession of the woman who waited on the guy who was in the diner when the whole thing was shown on TV" -- you know what I mean if you're used to chain letters. The note from the "911 dispatcher" says the attached file contains important information about some sort of crime.
Should you open the attachment? Not a chance, pal. You didn't ask for that file. And you can be sure that 911 dispatchers don't spend their time sending out e-mail to strangers. So, since the letter is almost surely a hoax, you'd better send it straight to the trash.
Notice that I didn't say what some of you think I said. I didn't say, "Don't open an executable attachment. ..." I said, "Don't open an ATTACHMENT," period. Viruses can enter your computer in all sorts of ways. Attachments of any kind are suspect. Don't play a game with your safety.
5. Stop using cookies.
Cookies are small files on your PC that Web sites use to keep track of you. Some of them are harmless and even useful. I was neutral about cookies for quite a while, but now I'm very much against them. Why? Because cookies are too invasive. They're out of control. Cookies can even be generated in e-mail. (Play that part back if you're not sure what you just read. Yes, cookies can be generated in e-mail.) Sites that pick up e-mail cookies know even more about you than you might think. They know your e-mail address, and that means they can track your every move from site to site. They can tell exactly which ads you viewed and which Web sites you visited at any time.
That's unacceptable. Your privacy is only as valuable as you want to make it. Don't let somebody who sells ads take it away.

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spysweeper and internet explorer


Webroot is an Internet security company based out of Colorado.
The company, founded in 1997, offers Internet security programs for businesses and home users.
The Webroot Internet Security Essentials and Webroot Internet Security Complete programs include a firewall that's designed to monitor incoming data and filter out potentially unsafe data.
Consequently, Webroot does not recommend that you disable the firewall.
Nevertheless, if you want to use a different firewall or if the firewall is blocking legitimate data, disable it with a few clicks.

Launch the Webroot program.
Click "Edit Settings" under "PC Security" in the "Home" panel.
The PC Security panel opens.
Click the "Firewall" tab.
Check the circle next to "Allow All Traffic." The Webroot Firewall is now disabled.

Jul 13, 2013 | Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware &...

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my dell laptop needs firewall


Dell now ships all computers ordered through Home and Home Office with software firewalls installed and enabled.

If you have an older Dell PC that did not originally come with a firewall program and you have not already added a separate firewall program to your PC, you will need to purchase a firewall product.

If you are using Windows XP operating system, you can use its built-in firewall called Internet Connection Firewall or Windows Firewall.


If you need any kind of technical assistance to install firewall ,you can contact support cell at http://www.vtechsquad.com/

Nov 06, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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do i need to install anything before using my notebook on the net


Yes, you should have firewall and antivirus programs installed to protect your notebook from the myriad of malware threats that exist on the internet.

If you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Vista or 7, then you have a built in Windows Firewall which should be enabled if no other firewall program is installed.

There are a variety of both free and commercial security products available which will offer good protection for connecting to the internet.

AntiVirus tools
Microsoft Security Essentials http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/products/security-essentials
AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012 http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage
Avira Free Antivirus http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
Avast! Free Antivirus http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index
Integrated Security Suites
Comodo Internet Security Free http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php
Outpost Free Security Suite http://free.agnitum.com/

Of the above I have been using Comodo Internet Security for some years and find it very good.

Important Note: Do not install more than one AntiVirus program as this will cause problems. Windows Firewall can be enabled when another firewall program is installed but isn't necessary and most firewall programs will automatically disable Windows Firewall when installed.

Jan 07, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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why is my dell dimension 3000 with xp keeps getting file download- security warning for everything I try to open? Even opening the internet icon on my computer


I see XP, sorry ok here's your fix...
Because a firewall restricts communication between your computer and the Internet, you might need to adjust settings for some programs that prefer an open connection. These adjustments are called "exceptions." To learn more about exceptions, see the Using the Exceptions Tab section of this article.
Windows Firewall now has three settings: On, On with no exceptions, and Off.
On: Windows Firewall is turned on by default, and normally you should leave it that way. When you choose this setting, Windows Firewall blocks all unsolicited requests to connect to your computer, except for requests to programs or services selected on the Exceptions tab.
On with no exceptions: When you select the Don't allow exceptions check box, Windows Firewall blocks all unsolicited requests to connect to your computer, including requests to programs or services selected on the Exceptions tab. Use this setting when you need maximum protection for your computer, such as when you connect to a public network in a hotel or airport, or when a dangerous virus or worm is spreading over the Internet.
Tip There is no need to keep Don't allow exceptions selected all the time, because when it is, some of your programs might not work correctly, and the following services are blocked from accepting unsolicited requests:
• File and Printer Sharing
• Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop
• Discovery of network devices
• Preconfigured programs and services on the exceptions list
• Additional items that you've added to the exceptions list

Note When you select Don't allow exceptions, you can still send and receive e-mail, use an instant messaging program, or view most Web pages.
Off: This setting turns Windows Firewall off. When you choose this setting, your computer is much more vulnerable to harm from unknown intruders or viruses from the Internet. This setting should only be used by advanced users for computer administration purposes, or if your computer is protected by another firewall.
To adjust Windows Firewall settings
1.
Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2.
In the control panel, click Windows Security Center.
3.
Click Windows Firewall.
4.
In the General Tab make your selection.

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Windows Firewall General tab
Note Settings that you create when your computer is joined to a domain are stored separately from those created when your computer is not joined to a domain. These separate groups of settings are called profiles.


courtesy of www.microsoft.com


If the above does not work you may also need to adjust your internet security settings. You can do this by the following:
Open up your internet explorer
click on tools
select internet options
click on the security tab
change the sttings to medium, rather than what they are. Click apply and ok. Exit your browser and restart it to try to connect again. Let me know if the above options do not work and we will try the next step. Hope this helps!

Oct 27, 2010 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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I have been trying to login to Facebook for a couple days now and after i put my login and password. It takes me to a CA parental control page. I have not installed this on my computer and do not know how to get rid of it.


Lowering Firewall Settings

In CA Internet Security Suite 2010

1. From the Start menu, select All Programs, CA, CA Internet Security Suite, and CA Security Center.
2. Click the My Internet panel twice.
The Settings tab will open with the Network Access sub tab selected by default.
3. Select the default network as Home Network.
4. Click the Browser Protection sub tab.
5. Click the Advanced Settings link next to one or more of the below features on this page.
Cookie Control, Ad/Pop Up Blocker, Mobile Code Control
6. When Advanced Settings show up, clear the boxes for features you want to unblock.
7. To exclude a website completely from Browser Protection, click the Add button to the bottom of this page, and add this website or web link.
8. Click the Apply button.


In CA Personal Firewall 2009 and older versions

  1. Open CA Personal Firewall.
  2. Click on Firewall on the left.
  3. Drag down the slider bars for Home Zone and Public Zone to Medium.
  4. Click on the Network Rules sub-tab across the top.
  5. If you have set any blocking rules for your network, then disable them for unrestricted internet activity.
  6. Click on Privacy on the left.
  7. If you have problems with only one (or a few) websites, please click on Manage Sites button on the top right to exclude them.
  8. Drag down the slider bars for Mobile Code and Ad-Blocking to Off.
    This will give you access to java games, active X coding on good websites and informative popups, if any.
  9. Set the Cookie control slider bar to Medium.
  10. Click on the Safeguard button to the left.
  11. Enable Registry Protection, Program Protection and Code Injection.
  12. Click on the Program Control tab across the top, and right click under every column for this program to choose Allow.
  13. Click on Program Rules across the top, and disable any rules to lower restrictions.


For adding sites and changing the privilages to allow facebook, follow this guide:

  1. Open the CA Personal Firewall window and click on Privacy on the left.
  2. Click on the Manage Sites button on the top right.
  3. Click on Add.
  4. Click on the name of the website being blocked by the firewall and click OK.
    (Example: www.myspace.com)
    Note that you have green check marks on all columns for this website. You can right click under a column and choose Prevent to block functions on this website.
  5. Close out the firewall window and check if you can open the website now.

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