Protecting Your Computer from Infections
The IDA (Infocomm Development Authority) informed the public on November 8, 2013 that a subpage of Istana as well as the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) websites were hacked. If you happened to click on the forums, your computer might be infected with malware. The government is now fortifying its security. Investigations on the whereabouts of the hacker are still going on. For now, it is important that you know how to protect your computer from malwares. The government can take care of itself.
When you hear malware, it refers to a program or files that are made for the sole purpose of sustaining harm. In general, malware comprises of worms, spyware, adware, viruses and Trojan horse. The basic thing that you can do is install an anti-malware and anti-virus programs. These programs are effective to eradicate infections. There are many free and commercial programs that you can choose. If the virus is still there, you can manually get rid of it. Here’s how:
1. Go into Safe Mode
If you think that your computer is infected, you should go into Safe Mode. If you go into Safe Mode, only necessary services and programs are loaded. If you notice that your computer runs faster in this mode, it is a sign that you are infected.
2. Remove temporary files
After going into Safe Mode, you would want to scan it with your anti-virus program but then it would be easier if you remove temporary files. To remove temporary files, you need to utilize your Disk Cleanup utility.
3. Download scanners
If you really want to make sure, you need to look for malware scanners and download it. After downloading and installing it, it is time that you need to run it. Ideally, running it can eradicate most infections.
Actually this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many things that you can do to protect your computer. Ask experts about it and read some more. It is better to overdo it than coming short.