Best Practices for Protecting Your Computer Against Rootkits
Windows XP, Vista, Win7 & Win8.0/8.1
Rootkits are one of the most dangerous forms of malware infection you can encounter because they embed themselves deep within your Windows Operation System thus making them much more difficult to detect and remove.
Below are some important best practices all computer users should employ to keep their computer malware-free, or at the least, protected against the most serious threats. Implementing these practices makes it much more difficult for hackers to install Rootkits and other forms of malicious software on your computer.
1. Make sure that your Windows Firewall is turned on at all times.
Note: Unless you are an experienced user familiar with firewall technology, never modify your default Windows Firewall settings.
2. Perform daily (or at a minimum) weekly scans with your on-board anti-virus and program and with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free), especially if you download a lot of software onto your computer. To avoid downloading infected software or drivers, only download from the author’s or driver manufacturer’s website.
3. Avoid online gambling, gaming and porn sites, and never click on links at unfamiliar websites or on links inside of unsolicited e-mails.
If you are interested in reading an article, or finding out more about a product displayed on an a website, copy and paste the article’s title, or the product’s name into Google’s search engine, and conduct your research only from within known news organization or from the product manufacturer’s website. “Drive-bys” and “Car-jacking” are two of the latest “tricks” hackers use to download malicious software onto computers. Today’s sophisticated hackers are able to breach websites and embed Rootkits and other form of malware into legitimate product advertisements and article links and, just by clicking the article link or product ad, a Rootkit or other form of malicious software can be installed onto your computer without your knowledge.
4. Never open e-mail attachments unless you are absolutely sure of the source, and develop the habit scanning every file or photo (even those received from trusted friends and sources), or software programs, with your on-board anti-virus program, and with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free) before opening the file, viewing the image, or installing the software.
In 2013, more than 400,000 new malware programs were detected worldwide, with many of these being categorized as “Zero-day Attacks”, meaning they had yet to be discovered and reported to your anti-virus program provider. Consequently, your provider may not have written and deployed an update to your anti-virus program to protect you from these Zero-day Attacks.
5. Non-essential software programs should be installed only on a local “Standard” user account, (i.e. without Administrator Rights) so they will not have access to your Windows Operating System.
6. Make sure that Windows Updates is set to Automatic so Critical Updates are always installed as soon as they are released by Microsoft.
Windows Updates, or “patches”, protects your Windows Operating System from know vulnerabilities which, if left un-patched, leave your computer open to any number of external threats.
Also make sure that all of your installed programs are always up-to-date with the latest security patches. Download Filepuma Update Detector> (Free). Update Detector scans your computer for installed applications and sends the current version’s information to Filepuma to see if there are any new updates or patches available. New updates will appear in your browser window along with download links for all applications that need to be updated.
7. Never enter a site rated “Red” by Web of Trust (Free) or LinkExtend (Free). LinkExtend and Web of Trust help protect you and your family, and your computer from a wide variety of online threats, including viruses, malware, scams, rogue websites, worms, and etc. that many anti-virus programs cannot detect. Website ratings are provided by millions of users world-wide on the site’s computer safety, child safety and company ethics giving you a safer browsing experience. Consider installing one of these programs on all of your computers to ensure safe Internet surfing for you and your family.
8. Never run software from home-made CDs or DVDs, or removable media (USB or Flash drives) without first scanning the content of the media. If you lend your removable media to someone, be sure to scan it for viruses, malware and Rootkits upon its return.
9. If you need e-mail services, consider using Thunderbird or Opera Mail along with an inconspicuous @gmail.com address.
10. Never download pirated or “cracked” software from any website. First of all, it’s unethical, and certainly not worth the price you will pay if your free cracked software crashes your computer causing you to potentially lose all of your data and valuable photos, or worse yet, having to reinstall your Windows Operating System.
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