In summary, the modern types of infection are so diverse, tricky and dangerous to personal privacy and corporate intellectual privacy that it is important to know what Malware is, the kinds of names it uses, and how it looks. Consider keeping your machine and tablets up to date with antivirus software and purchasing a program like Malwarebytes to properly protect against these bugs.
Other ways to protect computers include limiting web surfing through the network, limiting the Microsoft account user controls for kids and compulsive gamblers, as well as understanding that the Internet is now a place similar to a dangerous back ally in a dangerous city, and not a pretty manicured garden villa.
Menlo Technical Consulting recommends a complete backing up and reinstall of a Windows Operating System (Windows 7, Windows XP) to rid it completely of any infections. While this seems like a lot of work, the time it takes for a computer owner to keep a PC running is much more complicated and time consuming than performing a re-installation. If households are interested in avoiding the concerns of 99% of Malware, and infections, we have written how to move to Linux, which is designed differently than Microsoft and comes with all the software most homes and K-12 students need. It is free, and it is easier to use than Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 for may clients. Read our prior posts here and here on how Linux could be the free solution to making daily computer use easy and much more secure, without scanning or cleaning anything.
If the machine is dedicated to surfing the Internet, checking mail and building basic documents, another fantastic option is the Google Chromebook Option, which is highly rated by consumers who do not need to play complex video games or run a photography business day to day from their machine.
If your time is too limited or you are interested in a total personal privacy protection plan, contact Menlo Technical Consulting today for an evaluation of your home office or personal work environment.