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Avoiding Viruses

Make sure that your Virus Definitions are being updated.

If you need help finding out where this is located on your computer, give me a call. I will be happy to show you how to find this, at no charge. I use a product named GoToMeeting to remotely view your computer screen.

Turn on your Windows Firewall.

The firewall makes it more difficult for unauthorized people to gain access to your computer. The firewall is free with Windows XP SP2 and above, Vista and Windows 7.

Use Google as your search engine.

I use Google because Google flags virus infected sites with the words "This site may harm your computer" in red letters.

Test Your Virus Checker

There is a safe way to determine if your virus checker is actually working. Go to the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research website. On the top right of their webpage you will see a button marked "Download Anti Malware Testfile". Push the button and it will send you to a web page. Copy the text located on the webpage into a text file and try to save it. Hopefully, the virus checker will stop you.


You should visit Microsoft Update to Update Your Computer's Software?

This is a mixed issue. For most consumers, visiting Microsoft Update to update your computer's software is a good idea. It will make your computer less attractive to viruses. Microsoft does their best to plug up all of the holes that they have in their software.

For a business, the answer is a mixed bag. If you are running Windows and you are only running Microsoft Office, your best course of action is to keep the computer up to date with Windows Update. If you are using software that is specific to your business, such as an document imaging system such as Paperless Environment's pVault, then it is best that you only update maually when a service pack is released. If you want to make sure that Microsoft Update is disabled, go to Control Panel. On a Vista / Windows 7 Computer, enter the word Services in the top right search textbox. Then click View Services. Find the service marked Windows Update. For the Startup type, replace Automatic (Delayed Start) with Disabled to disable Windows Update.

Yesterday, I was dealing with a Windows Remote Desktop1 server where nobody could no log on. On the previous day, everyone could log on. Windows was reporting in its event log that it was experiencing an AppCrash whenever the Remote Desktop Service was started.

In this case, one of the Microsoft Updates broke c:\windows\system32\rdpcorekmts.dll. The answer was to just replace the updated version of the dll with the original one.


1Remote Desktop services allows you to view another computer's desktop on your computer.