Online Protection Basics

Most of the time anyone coming to the PC Clinic complains about “viruses”. When asked how does it behave they say “oh, a lot of stuff keeps popping up whenever I go to any webpage”. In my mind I’m pretty much thinking “ah, typical”. It is indeed the most common complaint we deal with, falling under the general term of malware (stands for malicious software).

Most of the time anyone coming to the PC Clinic complains about “viruses”. When asked how does it behave they say “oh, a lot of stuff keeps popping up whenever I go to any webpage”. In my mind I’m pretty much thinking “ah, typical”. It is indeed the most common complaint we deal with, falling under the general term of malware (stands for malicious software).

If you’re not sure what is real and what it’s not, you can always install an adblocker, for those aggressive ads which attempt to make you click them. Another quick defense is installing unchecky, which will typically warn you if programs attempt to install themselves in the background of a current install. Even better, if you download software from an untrusted source, never choose the express install. It doesn’t just install what you wanted, it will install a lot of other things in the background as well.

They are not generally that hard to remove, very few cases fall under more complex removal steps (e.g taking over your administrator rights, disabling updates etc.)

For everything else you can use this:

  1. If your PC is incredibly slow, a quick scan with AdwCleaner should give you some space to move.
  2. A full scan with Malwarebytes should remove the rest of them.                                        (Should do this every once in a while, say once a month)
  • from the “Scan” menu select “Custom”
  • check “scan for rootkits” and select your windows drive and any extra drive you wish to be scanned
  • start the scan
  • once the scan is finished it should display a list of items to be removed
  • remove the items it found

 

3. A lot of them tend to take over the browsers through extensions, so check your       current extensions you have. Below is an example for chrome, if anything’s there that you didn’t install yourself, please remove. 670px-change-google-chrome-extensions-settings-step-4

Sometimes the browsers themselves may be hijacked and that requires further steps.

If your problem is more difficult than this do message me if you wish.

Choices

You have so many options, so many ways to learn, so many sources to choose from, so many things you haven’t seen, tried or experienced.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I suppose I’m all grown up now and yet I still can’t answer this question. There are so many paths to follow. You’re told all you need to do is choose one that makes you happy and success will follow. But what happens when you like more than one? You can’t fully succeed at more than one, each one of them will require your full time input into it for it to be “perfect”. But what does perfect mean? Does it even exist? Is there such a value each one of us deems it to be the “perfect” value? Is it the same for all or different? If it’s different how can it be perfect?

And there you have it, I’ve already derailed from the topic. It’s quite easy to get distracted nowadays. You have so many options, so many ways to learn, so many sources to choose from, so many things you haven’t seen, tried or experienced. And our human nature never allows us to be fully satisfied. Very few are happy with what they’ve got and appreciate it. The rest of us just want to know more, have more, be more. It’s a never ending cycle.

I can’t help but think that if I had put more effort into this or into that (fill in “this ” or “that” with anything), I’d be a lot better at it or make a career out of it. Then I realise it’d be probably too late to start now, although that’s only the fear talking. It’s never too late to do anything, right? But after spending most of your life going a certain direction it becomes hard to imagine having a change of heart for the rest of your life.

But then you think, I’m really lucky to have all these choices, I have privileges some can only dream of. Why am I throwing it away? So on top of you having all these options you also get to feel bad for having them, or for wasting them. You’re taking it for granted and not appreciating it enough.

Quite the irony, isn’t it?