How To Get the Most out of Your Security Software

How Protected Are You?

You spend the money and figured out how to get everything running properly. Don't you deserve the best? It may take a little effort on your part, but it's worth the extra few minutes to ensure versus the thousands it can take to ignore.

Step 1

Instructions: Starting off simple of course, most techinical inefficiencies are due to human error. Since reading technical pamphlets is as exciting as watching paint dry, pay attention to the simple tips and tricks your security software allows you to customize. Most of the time you can get a real bang for your buck when you simply upgrade from the standard default settings to the newly checked boxes.

Step 2

Running repairs: You wait countless hours for a scan to complete only to find that the same problems are appearing that you have deleted before. What many people don't know is that deleting the problem does not completely cleanse your computer of it. Reason being, you may be removing the malicious part of the files (the most obvious) but overlooking the non-malicious part. This will only result in the corrupt file regenerating and compromising your computer once again.

Fixing is always best. This method will trace the source of the problem and associated files that are causing your ongoing computer issues.

Step 3

Cookies: This is typical computer jargon and quickly becoming common language for even the technically challenged (like myself). Delete all of the cookies that are not vital to your daily use, which will ensure that the tracking cookies are wiped clean. Those are the bad ones that prey on the helpless computers that seldom if ever clean up their temporary files or browsing history.

Step 4

Google or research: We all know if there's a problem, ghostbusters can't do us much good. So, we call upon google. You can always search on something you are uncertain about, like file name, details, or behaviors to really understand what that file is and how safe it is. We have all heard the horror stories of deleting a system file by accident or clicking on the email attachment which brought chaos to our innocent laptop. With a quick search, you are sure to come up with something helpful including tips on how to permanently rid your computer of the bad files. All it takes is a little elbow grease.

Step 5

Tweak: As you become more familiar with how your software works (by running the scans and removing the malicious files on a routine basis) you will find that there may be more you want to do. Advanced settings can give you the power to automate those time consuming processes, schedule for the future, and even allow you to create a list of what you feel is safe. The opposite is true also. Customization is key and if implemented properly can be extremely advantageous to the user. It is the simple click of a checkbox with today's advanced programmers at their best.

Step 6

Spammers: There are always numerous shades of gray that are included when spammers are on the loose. The best way to test and see if you software or even your email blocker is really avoiding those shades is simple. Set a friend or two to the spam list (ignore list, etc.) and wait for a few emails to see if they are getting dumped into spam or showing up in your inbox. Also take a peek in your spam box every now and then just to be sure everything is automatically being taken care of. If you have no spam, odds are something is not working properly. That is a sad but true statement. Deleting cookies and avoiding "uncertain" websites is key. Never enter your information to a website you are not doing business with. Even if you are doing business you have full rights to opt out of giving out more than is needed.

Step 7

Mopping up before the scan: We all get shocked when we see the double (or triple) digit number that shows up after a scan. The best way to hasten this process and keep that number low is to clean up your browsing history, cookies and file before running a scan. This will take care of the extra dirty work that takes you seconds, but can take your program several minutes. Also dump your Temp files, which often contain those unneeded files that can be corrupted.

Step 8

Updates: Stay in tune with updates and be sure you are in line with the latest. Hackers and those on the dark side are advancing faster than ever with ways to compromise even the most secure systems. Often the good guys and bad guys of the technical world are right on pace with each other. So you want to be sure you take those few extra minutes or Computer Restart to have your system bulletproof. There is usually no charge, assuming your prescription is paid, and only takes a few minutes to complete.

This concludes the 101 course for getting the most out of your computer security software; this can also be used as a buyer's guide. You will want to make sure your software is capable of customizations, free upgrades and current support for issues.

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