Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/pc-maintenance-for-beginners/lesson3/
So you’ve come this far in the series meaning you’ve got your system cleaned up and understand a great deal more about maintaining it. Or, you’re just tuning in, and that’s alright because securing your system is just a good a place to start as any!
Er, where on Earth did you get the first picture? (after the HTG School Logo)
Come on! That poor PC has the dreaded Ask Toolbar, Internet Explorer 8, and Norton! How bad can you get?
Your anti-virus software should fulfill a few requirements
It should update automatically with the most current AV definitions.
It should reside in your system’s memory and continuously scan for threats.
And, in doing so, it shouldn't detrimentally affect your system’s performance.
Check, check, and check. This applies to both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO, and to Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition, at least in my experience.
Weatherbug? I remember installing that little gem, only to find it installed a pop-up advertising tool. I am absolutely not one for the "walled garden" approach to computing, but I can see the appeal when programs bundle adware without even giving you the option (or even clearly explaining that the software is ad driven.)
Avast is good; on my laptop, I forget that I have an antivirus, just by installing Avast free and enabling Gaming mode (thanks to Lady Fitzgerald for that; no idea if she's still active here, though).
It's easy enough to check. Doesn't look like it, though.
I downloaded 'Malwarebytes' the other day and before I ran it, I saw a post 'somewhere' that recommended running the full scan, otherwise you don't catch malware lying-in-wait and ready to activate in System Restore files. I am trying to clean up a XP system (before taking it off line) and I have used System Restore many times over the years, so I did the full system scan, which took over an hour and a half. Malwarebytes collected over 200 PUP files while going thru those restore files .. just sayin' ...
It's a good idea to run a full scan as soon as you install Malwarebytes. After that, you can get by with quick scans.
My point exactly .. it's worth at least one full scan.
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