Tips to protect yourself against malware and reduce the potential for re-infection:
- Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet.
- Your Guide To Staying Safe Online.
- Hardening Windows Security - Part 1 & Part 2.
- Configuring Internet Explorer for Practical Security and Privacy - How to Secure Your Web Browser.
- The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide.
- Use Task Manager to close pop-up messages to safely exit malware attacks.
• Avoid gaming sites, porn sites, pirated software, cracking tools, keygens, and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. They are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. Malicious worms, backdoor Trojans IRCBots, and rootkits spread across P2P file sharing networks, gaming, porn and underground sites. Users visiting such pages may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans, and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid these types of web sites and not use any P2P applications.Autorun enabled on USB (pen, thumb, jump) and other removable drives has become a significant security risk due to the increasing number of malware variants that can infect them and transfer the infection to your computer. To learn more about this risk, please read:
- What security risks are associated with USB drives?.
- USB-Based Malware Attacks.
- When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?.
Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun
...Disabling Autorun functionality can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a CD-ROM device, USB device, network shares, or other media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file...
• Finally, if you need to replace your anti-virus, firewall or need a reliable anti-malware scanner please refer to:
- Bleeping Computer's Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
- Bleeping Computer's List of Virus & Malware Resources