After many years of being diligent about security and keeping up with anti-virus programs, etc. I became frustrated with the (seemingly) constant attention they required and the issues when trying to install games and other software.
As a result, I rebelled and ripped everything out realizing I'm not a senator or CEO and that my cat pictures and puppy videos were going to be just fine. And I quickly began enjoying a much faster computer that didn't ask me to spend 10 minutes updating all sorts of stuff every day.
It's been quite a few trouble-free years. Maybe I'm just lucky or don't visit torrent and porn sites. I think it's a little of both.
But now I think the time to
visit torrent and porn sites is here just be happy-go-lucky is over. I have seen the rise of ransomeware and keyloggers that don't really do anything but constantly steal your information. This is finally a threat that I'm worried about.
Before we venture into online banking and all the rest, I want to make sure I at least do what I can to prevent a breach.
Keep in mind that the last time I was into this Norton was embedded in Windows products!
My question is:
What are the basic first steps in scanning and then securing a PC that's been "wide open" for years?