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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Protecting Your Computer for Free!


Protecting Your Computer for Free!
Can Defragging and using Virus Scans protect you from Malicious Malware and Spyware Infestations? by Holiness David Running Eagle Shooting Star

Protecting Your Computer for Free!

There is so much spyware, spybots, and unwanted pop-ups that reduce your Computer's Speed. We can keep control over these issues with the few steps listed below. Now, I realize we don't want to do these things weekly or even daily if necessary. We have enough things to do. But if you don't do these tasks listed below, not only will you have a very slow computer, but it might, over time, stop working completely. Malware can mess up software and hardware.


We all learn how to clean our houses. Now, we have to learn how to clean our computers. These devices give access to your most intimate life details. Please learn how to protect your family from malicious malware and infestations. I hope that I have made these ideas simple and step by step. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or question, so that I can reply.


This is the task of setting-up antivirus, antispybot, anti-everything programs, and defragmentation.  Check disk (or scan disc) and disc cleanup is performed through Windows Explorer (not Windows Internet Explorer). This will keep you free (no money and more time freed up) from going to the local hardware computer fix it person. This person will probably do the same thing we are doing here, but will not leave any of these maintenance programs installed. And of course charge you hundreds of dollars which you could have been done freely. (God gives us a voice, ask questions!)
There are numerous well documented improvements to system performance and reliability when an automated disk defragmentation program is used. Applications load faster and the computer boots to a usable state in less time. Backups require less time to transfer data. The purpose of this paper is to narrow the focus and address the tangible benefit of disk defragmentation to hardware and laptop client security. But if your program for defragmentation is not automatic, you must make settings to ensure this is done, or perform manually the operation of defragmentation.


This is a letter to help people!


Get protection for your computers for FREE!
I will go through how to get the software, how to install it and how to use it! (simple, you like?)


Briefly, this is what we are going to do:
1.    Install, update and run AVG Free antivirus
2.    Install, update and run Spybot Search and Destroy
3.    Install, update, and run Spywareblaster
4.    Disk Cleanup
5.    Error Checking (check disk or scan disk)
6.    Disk Defragmentation
7.    Registry Cleaner (Eusing)
  
It is recommended that you contact these vendor's websites once per week for the latest protection updates (download and scan everyday if used heavily by an active family). These updates will download and install with only a few keystrokes from you to make it happen. We will go through these processes as well; very simple, nothing to it! But you have to do these updates otherwise your software can't do its job of protecting you and your computer. Please let it be known that some types of malware can do physical damage to you computer. I won't try to explain it here, but it is real and it happens.


Here is how to download the required software programs that are designed to keep invaders out of your computers for FREE!!!


No catches; no gimmicks; just honest people giving us honest software. They have joined the Great Give-A-Way!

Please be aware that this website, like many others, is trying to get you to buy software from them. While this is not bad, it's not why we are here; we're here for the free stuff (you're welcome to buy what ever you want). My point here is watch out for which box you click on. If you click on the wrong box, you might end up buying something you didn't start out to buy.


Description: This one site has all three downloads for your clicking pleasure:
http://www.download.com/

These programs can be installed in any order, not necessarily in the order I have presented here.


AVG Free Antivirus
• Change Action: AVG Free is the first piece of software to download: http://free.avg.com/
Note: if you don't get the pages that I have tried to get you to go to, please be patient and look carefully for the proper box or text/link thingie that will get you the free software that you want. If you want to pay, then that is up to you; but I'm trying to get you to the web page that will get you the free software.


-Action 1: Look for a box that says, “Free basic protection” and “AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition” and click on the “Get it Now” button. The AVG website will take you to another page where they offer you software to buy. At the bottom of the left column (the Free column) click on the “Download” button. They take you to another page that prompts you to “Download AVG Free 9.0.” Click on that button and they take you to yet another page; which is http://www.download.com. Click on “Download Now (47.68MB)”; the file name (at the moment) is something like "avg_free_stf_en_90_169a1359.exe.” Download will start. But wait, there's more!
Hopefully you computer will prompt you to “Save file.” See Note 1.

Note 1.  regarding saving a file to hard drive: If your computer does not prompt you to save a file to a specific location you can change it.  In the Firefox browser, go to 'Tools' then 'Options'.  Check box for “Ask  or for Microsoft Internet Explorer, under 'Tools' then 'Internet Options.'



You want to save it to a folder where you can find it again!
Change Action:
-Action 2: Close all programs. Make sure you are connected to Internet access.

-Action 3: In Windows, they offer a “Downloads” folder under “My Documents”. You get to the “Downloads” folder by clicking on “My Documents” button and then double-clicking on “Downloads.”

-Action 4: Create an AVG folder and save the AVG Free software to that AVG folder.

-Action 5: Close all programs you are not using.

-Action 6: Find the downloaded program and double-click the file. It will start the installation process.

-Action 7: Let's use AVG Free: Double-click on the “AVG Free 9.0” icon on your desktop. When the program appears on the computer screen, it will be on the “Overview” page. This view will tell you the status of the different Components (or functions) the program handles for you.

-Action 8: After you do an “Update” all of the 7 components should have a green check-mark and say “Active.”  One icon says “Identity Protection,” to activate it you pay them money.

-Action 9: at the top left, click on “Components,” and then click on “Update Manager.”  It will take you to a window that will allow you to set-up when and how you want your update to occur. Look carefully through this window. Make your choices about how and when you want these functions to occur.  At the lower right, click on “Save Changes.”

-Action 10: Click the tab on the left side of the screen, “Update Now.” It will connect to the Internet (providing you're on-line) and a box will prompt you to “Update.”

-Action 11: Click on the button to continue. After the update has finished, a message is displayed, “Update was finished successfully.” 


-Action 12: Next we'll click on the tab “Computer Scanner.” Click on the tab and it will give you two choices, “Scan whole computer” or “Scan specific files and folders.” The length of time required to scan the entire computer will vary from computer to computer. It could take hours and can slow down your computer during the scan. Most people will start the scan and then minimize the window to work on something else. When the scan is complete, you'll be alerted. By default, the program will do all actions to infections and warnings automatically. All you have to do is acknowledge and close the program.

****Note:  This must be done daily, as even two or three times a day, they put out updates.  This can be done at worst once a week, but daily would be best.  There is an automatic immunization, however, you need to run your Scan after updates, to ensure your updates have taken affect.



Spybot Search and Destroy
•   Spybot Search and Destroy is the next program to install.
-Action 1: Please go to http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html.  You will notice that it is the same website that we used for the AVG Free, cnet.com. They are a trusted site.

-Action 2: Click on the “Download Now (15.65MB)” button. A box will open prompting you to save
the file. We'll do as in the previous example of saving a download file to its own folder. The
file name is “spybotsd162.exe.”

-Action 3: Save it to Downloads, create a new folder named “Spybot Search and Destroy.”

-Action 4: After the download is complete, go back to the folder and double-click on the file “spybotsd162.exe.” Follow the prompts to install. Because the program will be installing additional files, you need to be online to do the installation.

After installation, there is a setup routine that will guide you through several steps.  Please go through these carefully.  It will take some time, so be patient.  When prompted to enable Tea Timer, make sure the check box is checked.

***** You must close your browser before immunization or you could destroy your browser data.  Again, very important note.  Close your browser, before you hit immunization, then bring your browser back up.  All your tabs should open up, if you gave it a command to remember this function.  This is imperative! Questions email holinessdavid@alightfromwithin.org



***** Update frequently, everyday or every other day.  This program will also clean your cache, which will make your computer internet access speed up.  If you are having problems with your cache, as a blank or stop will show up, close your browser, and restart again.  If this continues, a full shut down of your computer may necessary, but not usual.  Just make sure you update frequently.


SpywareBlaster

• The last and not the least is SpywareBlaster. Please go to
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html” and select on of the choices to
download:
  1. Download SpywareBlaster 4.2 from Download.com
  2. Download SpywareBlaster 4.2 from MajorGeeks (USA and other locations)
  3. Download SpywareBlaster 4.2 through the Coral Distribution Network
Let's use the first one from Download.com since we used it for the first two program
downloads.

-Action 1: Click on the “Download Now (2.94MB)” button. A box will open prompting you to save the file.

-Action 2: We'll do as in the previous example of saving a download file to its own folder.

-Action 3: The file name to download will be “spywareblastersetup42.exe.” (you have to do this in Windows Explorer again not Microsoft Internet Explorer!

-Action 4: Save it to Downloads, make a new folder named “SpywareBlaster.”

-Action 5: After the download is complete, go back to the folder and double-click on the file
“spywareblastersetup42.exe.”

-Action 6: Follow the prompts to install.

I will reiterate: This software is no good unless you keep up-to-date for the latest protection. These software vendors will have updates on a regular basis; so, you have to revisit to get the latest protection or set up your program to do this automatically.


-Action 7: Look for something regarding “downloads.” Select “Always ask me where to save files.”


-Action 8: You might also need to select “Show the Downloads window when downloading a file” and maybe deselect “Close it when all downloads are finished.”


-Action 9: By doing these two check boxes, you will be prompted where to save a file and also, when the download is finished, you will be prompted to “Open” the file, which will start the execution of the downloaded file and hence start the installation.


Note on Spybot Search and Destroy Immune function: before performing an “Immune,” operation, close our all browsers. This is important because the memory used for the web-page data on your browser can become corrupted. Therefore, before running an Immune operation, be sure to close your browsers first! 

Disk Cleanup
 Now we want to clean out some junk that is no longer used.  Disk Cleanup helps free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup searches your drive, and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can safely delete. You can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of those files.

 Here's how to get to it:   put your cursor over Start and single right click.  From the menu, point to Explorer and click on it.  When Explorer comes up, single left-click on C: drive, then single right and from the menu, click on Properties.  When Properties comes up, click on Disk Cleanup. 

Un-check boxes for the ones you don't want to delete.  Click OK and OK again to confirm that you do indeed want to do this function.  It will take a few minutes, so be patient.

Please  note that there are other ways of getting to the Disk Cleanup.  For example, from Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.  After this routine has does its job, do not close the box.  We will use it in the next part.


Check Disk
What is Check Disk ? (Window 98 calls it Scan Disk)
Let's continue from the above Disk Cleanup where we accessed it from C: drive Properties.  Click on the Tools tab at the top of the box.  Click on Error Checking, click on Check Now.  This is Check Disk (Scan disk on Windows 98).  A box will appear: check the box for Automatically fix file system errors, then click OK.  Another box will appear stating that disk check will be done upon next Windows start-up and prompting you to confirm: click on Yes.

The next time you start up your computer, a light blue and dark blue screen will come up indicating that error checking is about to start.  It gives you the option of canceling this operation by touching any key.  It takes about two or three minutes and then the computer restarts.




Defragmentation
Next is Defragmentation.  The built-in defragmentation program is OK, just barely OK.  The company that put in the defragmentation program wants you to buy their more expensive program.  We will put in a defragmentation program that is free and does a much better job.  Please read on.


Installation of MyDefrag v4.2.7
Description of defragmentation – Files get stored all over the place on the hard drive. Why? I don't know. It seems to me that if you store a file on the hard drive, it would all go to one place; but this is not so. One defragmentation program that I tried displayed the number of fragments for different files. It was amazing: one file had over 2000 fragments (meaning that the file was located in over 2000 different places on the hard drive)! That's nuts! In order for a file to run, the hard drive has to make many moves to get gather up all of the parts of the program. No wonder computers start running slow! The hard drive is busy running around gathering parts of the program. We want the programs on the hard drive to be contiguous, which means, “Connecting without a break.” When we run the defragmentation program, it puts all of the files together so that they are contiguous. If you are very busy at the computer, is advised to run defragmentation daily. If the computer is hardly touched, maybe once or twice per month. 

The defragmentation program that we're going to install is the improved version of what I have been using (JKDefrag) for a couple of years now.  One of the reasons I like this program is because it can be used very simply or in more complex modes (which are very simply to use).  you can read the website and learn how to get it to do more for you.

I'm very adamant that heavy users (and this includes a computer-active family), perform defrag on a daily basis.  If you do it every day, it only takes 2 to 3 minutes.  In the long run, it will save time, reduce hard drive wear and tear, and reduce user wear and tear.

Go to URL: http://www.mydefrag.com/Manual-DownloadAndInstall.html
Once on the website, download" MyDefrag-v4.2.7.exe. " Put it in a folder that you can easily find.
During installation, you will be prompted if you want to make it a Scheduled Task.  Click on the check-box to enable this function.  After the installation is complete, you'll want to set-up the Scheduled Task function for exactly when and how you want the task performed.  That is in the next paragraph.

Installing the program is very simple, but if you need help, let me know, we'll go through it step-by-step. 

Regarding Scheduled Task: if you didn't follow the prompt to create a Scheduled Task, or if you want to automate another task then here we go: 

1.    Click Start, Control Panel, Scheduled Task.

2.    The first item in the pane is Add Scheduled Task.  Double left click on it and the Scheduled Task Wizard comes up.

3.    Read what it says and then click Next.  The next window shows a list of programs for you to select from or you can find your program by clicking Browse.

4.    Find the file, MyDefrag, select it and click Next.  The next window of the wizard should show the name:  MyDefrag.

5.    Select from Perform this task:, click the button for Daily and click Next.

6.    The next window prompts you to select what time to run the program. Select Every Day, then enter today's date or tomorrow's date and click Next.


7.    The next window requires a Administrative password, do so and click Next. 

8.    The next window has a check box prompting you to enter Advanced Settings; click to fill the check box. 

9.    And click Finished.  The Advanced Setttings window will appear.  Click on the Settings tab. Click to fill the check box: Stop the task if it runs for:. Enter 2 hours and 0 minutes and click on Apply and click on OK.  This keeps the defrag program from running forever if something goes wrong.

10.    For laptop owners, near the bottom of the box, in Power Management, click to fill the check box for: Don;t start the task if the computer is running on batteries (it takes quite a bit of power to de defragmentation.  Also fill the check box for: Stop the task if battery mode begins.

11.    Click OK and you are finished.


MyDefrag was developed by Mr. Jeroen Kessels, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  Please take the time to read and learn what he has on his web pages. Besides defragmentation, he also educates us on doing a page-file defragmentation (also known as: swap file or virtual memory space allocation).  He has pictures of his family, cats, etc.  He's a real person writing software for us to use for free (I love that word).  If you wish to donate to his efforts, please do so.


Scheduled Task
Regarding Scheduled Task: if you didn't follow the prompt to create a Scheduled Task, or if you want to automate another task then here we go: 

12.    Click Start, Control Panel, Scheduled Task.

13.    The first item in the pane is Add Scheduled Task.  Double left click on it and the Scheduled Task Wizard comes up.

14.    Read what it says and then click Next.  The next window shows a list of programs for you to select from or you can find your program by clicking Browse.

15.    Find the file, MyDefrag, select it and click Next.  The next window of the wizard should show the name:  MyDefrag.

16.    Select from Perform this task:, click the button for Daily and click Next.

17.    The next window prompts you to select what time to run the program. Select Every Day, then enter today's date or tomorrow's date and click Next. 

18.    The next window requires a Administrative password, do so and click Next. 

19.    The next window has a check box prompting you to enter Advanced Settings; click to fill the check box. 

20.    And click Finished.  The Advanced Setttings window will appear.  Click on the Settings tab. Click to fill the check box: Stop the task if it runs for:. Enter 2 hours and 0 minutes and click on Apply and click on OK.  This keeps the defrag program from running forever if something goes wrong.

21.    For laptop owners, near the bottom of the box, in Power Management, click to fill the check box for: Don;t start the task if the computer is running on batteries (it takes quite a bit of power to de defragmentation.  Also fill the check box for: Stop the task if battery mode begins.

22.    Click OK and you are finished.




Registry Cleaner
Caution: the following procedure is for advanced computer users only.  Please read it through twice and if you think you can do it then proceed with patience.  Keep in mind that I am there for you if you need help.

Eusing Registry Cleaner
 1.    Please go this website:  http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm and download the program Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 2.5.1.

 2.    Near the top left, you'll see in blue print, Download Site 1    Site 2    Site 3    Site 4.  Click on any one to start the download.

 3.    Save it to a folder you can easily find again.  After download is complete, go to the folder the you saved it in and double click the file name.  Follow the prompts and it will quickly be installed.

 4.    Open the program and click on Skip unless you wish to register and make a donation.
 a)    I strongly encourage donating.

 5.    If you clicked on Skip, then the program will open on your screen.

 6.    Click on File, then from drop-down menu, click Backup Full Registry.
 a)    It is very important that you backup your registry every time you run this program.
 b)    If there is anything that no longer works, this backup is your way back to where you started.
 c)     Here's why: the registry is a database that has instructions that tell the computer how to function. For example it contains

•    Profiles for each user.
•    The programs installed on the computer and the types of documents each can create.
•    Property settings for folders and program icons.
•    What hardware exists on the system.
•    The above is an extremely simple description: it is very complex and almost a 100 MB   in file size.

 d)    The registry file is the heartbeat of the computer.  If it gets messed up, the computer stops working.   That is why that only recently have there been programs that would do this cleaning function without messing everything up.  But we still cover our selves by doing the backup.

 7.     Next, a box comes up asking where to save the backup file.  There is a little window that says, Save In:,  click on the arrow at the right and select (C:).  Now we are going to create a new folder for the registry backup to be saved in.  Along the top right hand side of the box, there are four icons, the second from the right is Create New Folder (if you hold your cursor over the icon, it should display those words).  Click on that icon and the words New Folder with a black background will appear in the main window where files are shown.  Type in the new name Registry and touch Enter.  Double left click on the Registry folder that you just created and it will appear in the Save In: window above.

 8.     Since we have already selected the (C:) drive, this new folder will be in the root directory of the (C:) drive.

 9.     Enter a file name.  This is how I do it: RegistryBackup01202010_133am.reg.  Where RegistryBackup is the description, then the date (month day and year), 01202010, and the time, _133pm.  The extension, .reg, will automatically be attached.  And touch Save.  It takes a couple of minutes.

 10.    There is one more step to protect you before doing the cleaning operation.  It is advisable to do a system backup.  Here's how:
 a)     Click on Edit and then click on Options.
 b)     Under the General tab, there is an option, Create a system restore point before repair (XP, Vista).   Click/fill this check box.
 c)    This will create another type of backup on your system.

 11.     On the left, under Task, click on Scan registry issue and the process will start.  It takes about 5 or 10 minutes.

 12.     When it is finished finding problems, click on Repair registry issue.  This only takes a few seconds and it's done.

 13.     Use File and then Exit to exit the program.

 14.    If you discover that something does not work correctly or does not work at all, then reinstall the backup registry that you saved before doing the scan and repair steps above.
 a)     Click on Action and then click on Restore previous registry. 

15.    Any questions, try the Help drop-down menu or call or email me holinessdavid@alightfromwithin.org

 



Website URLs are included for reference and more information.
We have different things that infest our computers:


1.  Viruses – A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user.  Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

2. Malware - any software designed to create havoc on your computer and anyone else you communicate with.  Please see: http://cybercoyote.org/security/malware.shtml

3. Spybot Worm - The Spybot worm is a large family of computer worms of varying characteristics.  Please see:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spybot_worm

4.  Rootkits - A rootkit is a computer virus which is comprised of a program (or combination of several programs) designed to take fundamental control of a computer system, without knowledge or authorization by the system's owners. Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkits. I have found that friendly rootkits can be installed on one's computer. Please be careful when running rootkit diagnostic programs. Look at the report carefully before deleting anything. Use your own judgment when deciding which items to be deleted from the list.



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Warriors of the Earth  
 

Welcome to the home of love, where your computer gets to know of hugs.  Take the time to give it love, to ensure the spine stands, on the test of time (until you update again protection files). For only you can operate the golden rule, do unto your computer, who knows who to fool.  But we do outwit the sliest fox, when we give love instead of gloves (put them up, combative forces).  The greatest part of protection is clear, the smooth operation of moving in space is dear (world wide web). Protect my computer God above to bring the Angels down below. Bless and bless the common place, to be rest assured that all is grace.