Microsoft has been built on a foundation that is very vulnerable to viruses, worms, Trrojans and rootkits. All of these fancy terms, means that their machine can be crippled or wrecked, and will require a complete reinstall of Windows, instead of a particular fix. (It costs more to try and fix it than to reinstall.)
Instead of waiting for these problems to show up, the best way to not have an issue with them is to prevent them from jumping on your computer. Prevention is practiced a number of ways, but the single biggest method of ‘getting safe’ is by using Firefox.
The WAYS that these bugs can get on your computer is through a variety of ‘web surfing’ behaviors. Some include:
– the regular use of Internet Explorer instead of Firefox,
– someone looking at a pornography site,
– using most on line gambling sites,
– accidentally viewing a fake email that includes curious subject lines like:
“I Love You“,
“Re: Your Resume“,
“Need Your Help“, or
“System Administrator; Failed Delivery”
– clicking on popups that say you HAVE to do something immediately or pay for removal (see my Ransom-ware posting).
– installing and using free music download software like limewire, bareshare, etc.
– letting anti-virus software expire ignoring warnings of it being turned off
– looking at MySpace.com
This is not a complete list, but a start to changing the way a person uses a computer, and prevents some of the worst kinds of bugs on a machine.
As I post things on this blog, I will try and present helpful and accurate methods to deal with these problems, but there is no ONE SOLUTION to dealing with these issues on a Windows machine.