Your computer is something you probably use frequently - if not daily.  And most of you out there have a high speed connection.  Thus making it easy to be hacked or obtain a virus you didn't expect to get.  This page will help you protect your computer, yourself, and information on your computer from anyone else.  Viruses, worms, hackers, firewalls, routers, updates, popups...all are common terminology you hear daily in keeping our systems protected.  I follow these steps as well as should anyone else that may be concerned.  This page is by no means just another download page; you should have one part of every step to help ensure not getting hacked and running risk a virus infestation.  Almost every step offers a free product to protect you except for the Hardware firewalls (routers).  Even Virus software, I included a link to a free one.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

1.) Windows Update
  • Windows update is VERY crucial to do especially if you are running Window 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP & Windows Vista.
  • Basically Microsoft figures out and fixes it 'holes', issues & bugs in ALL of its operating systems.
  • Normally, this process should be done automatically if you have Automatic Updates turned on.
  • Updates come up once a month. This day falls on the second Tuesday of the month and better known as Patch Tuesday.
2.) Virus Software
and a free Virus scanner

  • Almost everyone should have and run a virus scanning software often.
  • Virus software doesn't always have to cost money, they're several alteratives to the paid versions that do an excellent job.
3.) Firewall



  • What a firewall does is meter the traffic that goes to your computer and leaves your computer.  It sniffs through the data being sent and received while picking apart whether should be blocked or let continue.  This data can be music, websites, viruses, and even find open areas where hackers can logon to your computer and control it - doing whatever they want.
  • Right now they have two kinds of firewalls - a hardware one better known as a router or a piece of software you can get.
  • Windows XP SP2 now includes a basic firewall that goes an adequate job of protecting your computer.
  • Routers are more than just a firewall; they 'share' a single internet connection like DSL or Cable so that other computers in your house or apartment can all be online at the same time.
  • Having a firewall running will make your computer seem invisible to hackers. Usually your computer is wide open and anyone can see it and literally log onto it.  If hackers can't tell your computer isn't there chances are they won't mess with you and find someone else.
  • A good way to test your firewall or to see if you need a firewall by clicking here

    Click Proceed and then Common Ports & All Service Ports
4.) Spyware
  • Here are three very helpful utilities in removing Spyware.  What is spyware? It's garbage that gets put onto your computer without your knowledge.  Usually it causes your computer to crash, slowing it down, pop-up ads and can steal any info on your computer or turn your PC into a malicious machine.
  • What Lavasoft Ad-aware does is search your computer for spyware, the program knows what's "bad" and once it has finished it will delete everything bad if you want it too.
  • Also make sure you run the update EACH time you run these detection programs. I'd say run them once a week if you do a lot of surfing or emailing.
  • The second link - it's basically the same as above but this one may find spyware that Ad-Aware doesn't find and vice versa.  Also it claims to prevent future spyware on there.
  • The third one is free and put out by Microsoft. This one is simple to use and can watch your computer in real-time...meaning it can act like virus software. This one I run the most cause its easy to use and does a great job.
  • I would recommend having and using all three once every two weeks or sooner.
5.) Better Browser
  • I can't stress this enough... Internet Explorer is horrible at blocking spyware and adware. I'm getting everyone I know to switch and a lot of people don't look back. Firefox also has 1000's of useful plug-ins from controlling iTunes to displaynig the Weather.