If you neglect to protect your computer it’s inevitable that a day will arrive when you will find yourself preparing for a new windows installation. If you don’t protect your computer but surf the web like everyone else in the world that has a computer you’re bound to run into a couple of problems. You may get a virus that renders your system helpless. You may get some corrupt systems files that will prevent your system from booting up. Whatever the case may be you will find yourself pulling out your operating system disks and preparing for a new install.
The other scenario is the upgrade. You have an older operating system that you want to upgrade. Anyone that has attempted to make the transition from an older Microsoft operating system like Windows XP to the newer operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7 knows that upgrades are not possible. The selection of a new installation is the only available option.
When either of these scenarios is presented before you should not worry. Instead you should relish the idea and move forward with a clean install. If you had problems with your previous operating system there’s no need to tough it out. Run the new install and you will be amazed at how well the install eliminates many of the little annoying problems that you were having prior to the transformation.
The real key with a new Windows installation, however, is to make sure that the system is secure. You would hate run a new installation only to find yourself with the same problems all over again. PC users may be surprised to find that it doesn’t take a lot to secure your new windows installation. There are a couple of basic tools that can help you successfully secure your PC and prevent lots of malicious attacks that can occur if these tips are neglected.
Preventive maintenance is always the easiest solution for any problem, and Microsoft recognizes this. An important free feature to check is the firewall. Make sure that this feature is set to block incoming connections that may be harmful. Users have the ability to set up a list of connections that are allowed, but the firewall should definitely be turned on. This setting can be accessed under the system and security tab of the control panel.
PC users should also make sure that the remote connection desktop connection option is not checked unless you have specified users that you want to connect to your system. Hackers can use this to access your system remotely if you have this option checked.
Once you have used these tools you should go to the internet for one very important feature. Checking your internet features is important because this is the area where most virus activity originates. There’s an important internet option that allows you to turn on phishing detection in your browser settings. Phishing is a criminal process where thieves pose as legitimate sites in orders to obtain sensitive information such as social security numbers and credit card account numbers. This is huge in securing your system from virus attacks and aiding in identity theft prevention. You also have the ability to go to your internet options and prevent pop-ups. This can help block lots of the hijack attack virus pages that sneak around your phishing protection.
While you are online it would be in your best interest to go to Microsoft’s website and download Microsoft Security Essentials. This is free software that can be used for malware and virus protection. This software is new, but it is quickly becoming known as one of the best tools for virus protection.
These tools may be basic in terms of implementation, but they are actually the preventive maintenance tools that stop lots of activity at the entry point. These are the best methods to secure your system from future attacks.