Keeping Your PC Malware-Free, For Free
| by Rossi Fernandes
I’ve talked about not using an antivirus in an opinion article last week and quite honestly, had an overwhelming response to it – some of you agreeing that an antivirus may not be necessary while many others feeling strongly about using an antivirus to keep the PC completely secure.
In this feature, we look at some of the ways that you can reduce the chances of your PC being infected by viruses or any other kinds of malicious code by using just a couple of handy utilities and by following a few rules of your own.
Network activity monitoring using Windows 7's Resource Monitor
One of the easy ways to know for sure is to use a network bandwidth monitor. Windows 7 for example, already comes with a built-in network monitor called Resource Monitor. Start it and access the Network panel to see all the connections being made by applications and the amount of bandwidth being used.
Symantec's free Power Eraser malware removal utility
It’s a handy to non-intrusive malware removal tools around at all times. Some of these free tools available are Spybot , Hijackthis and Symantec’s Power Eraser tool which is available for free from their respective sites. There are many other similar tools offered by antivirus manufacturers. These are handy to remove commonly found viruses and worms.
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