Short of replacing your computer with an Apple, remember to consider these steps to prevent the recent April 1 conflicker Trojan from attacking your computer:
1) Make certain you have an up to date and functional antivirus product. Viewing fake SPAM mail, looking at My Space, and downloading seemingly ‘free’ music are all ‘vectors’ for bugs to jump on your computer. A current and effective antivirus software will catch these bugs before they get their grips on your computer. Not all antivirus are created equally and it is possible that you are more likely to get infected when using a lesser quality software.
2) Install a hardware firewall device (like a wired or wireless router) next to your cable / dsl modem
3) Use Mozilla’s Firefox whenever possible to avoid contracting bugs that travel over the Web.
3) Consider creating policies in your household to prevent kids from using the pc when they have homework of household chores. This can be easily accomplished through setting an account password and ensuring the machine is logged off at night before you leave the house or go to bed. Also, a policy to install the computer in a public area like the kitchen or in the living room will significantly reduce kids from looking at websites you do not want them to be viewing.
For more information and ideas on regulating computer use and keeping your machine bug-free, please contact us today.