If you use Windows and browse the internet regularly, it is strongly recommended to use antivirus/security protection software. Windows 10 comes with built-in antivirus
protection called Windows Defender/Security and it has matured into a good security solution over the past few years. Windows Defender is one of the easiest ways to
check your device for security issues and it allows you to perform the following scans:
- Quick scan: This mode scans for threats and security issues in locations where malicious contents are commonly found.
- Full Scan: This mode scans your entire PC for threats and security issues. It could take more than one hour depending on the number of files
you have and hardware configuration. For example, the process is faster on PCs with SSD storage.
- Custom Scan: This mode allows you to scan a folder of your choice for threats and security issues.
- Windows Defender offline scan: This mode can help you detect viruses that can be difficult to remove during regular scans.
When and why you should use Windows Defender Offline Scan
If your PC is infected with persistent malware such as rootkits or especially stubborn malware, you should consider using Windows Defender Offline scan feature.
This is because Windows Defender Offline is run when Windows is not started and thus the malware is not active and blocking security software.
Steps to perform the Off-Line Scan:
- Open Windows Security
- Click on Virus & Threat Protection
- Under Current threads, select Scan options
- On the next page, select Windows Defender Offline Scan
- Select Scan now and Windows will prompt you to save any work before restarting the computer.
Windows 10 and your PC will now restart and boot into the Windows Recovery Environment where it will perform a quick scan using Windows Defender.
This process will take up to 15 minutes to finish.
Malwarebytes is highly recommended
Click Here to download Malwarebytes
Security Check Links:
Click Here To Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach
Click Here for On-Line Virus Scan of individual files or Web Links
Click Here to Download Inspectre Tool to check if your Windows computer is protected from the Meltdown and Spectre Hardware Flaws.
Click Here to test your Firewall
Click Here to Probe Your Ports (Hacker Check)
Click Here to download ADW Cleaner
A few basic rules about security:
- Keep your operating system up to date. That means using the latest version of Windows, Apple or Android.
- Make sure you have a Antivirus program installed and keep it up to date. Windows 10 has a very good built in Anti Virus Program - Windows Security (Defender).
- Make sure you have a Antispyware, Antimalware program installed and keep it up to date. Malwarebytes is highly recommended.
- Protect yourself from online scams.
- Beware of Scam Emails. DO NOT click on web links in Emails or open attachments unless your sure of the content.
- Beware of Scam Telephone calls. NBN, Telstra, Tax Department, Your Bank = Will NOT call you. Do not allow remote access to your computer. HANG UP.
- Protect your privacy online. Do not give out personnel details.
- Do not use pirated software, especially your operating system.
- Use strong passwords and different passwords for different sites. Passwords should be at least 8 to 12 characters long and made up of random
upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols. Never use dictionary words and it
would be a good plan to keep your account information in a little black book (write down your passwords). This
record book should be available to the Executor of your Will.
- Example of a Strong Password: XZm4e6$$*78ui
- Take care when buying online - research the supplier and use a safe payment method like
PayPal or a pre-paid credit card.
- Take care when installing programs. Read all the options and UN-Tic those items wanting to install additional programs or tool bars.
- Be alert about claims for free downloads and free scans to remove malware from your computer. Rogue programs will install themselves on
your PC and give you false notifications that you have a virus or other malware in order to take your money.
- Be alert for Driver Update claims. Do not download Driver Update programs.
- Back up your Files to an external device.
- Perform a Disk Clean. Clean house (remove left over junk programs and files). CCleaner is a good program to use.
- When Not in use: Turn Off WIFI, Blue Tooth and GPS Locations services.
- Cover your built in Camera when not in use.
- Turn off Synchronizing if not in use.
- Disable Remote Access and File and Print Sharing if your not using it
- Keep your computer clean (Physically).
- Ask for help when you need it
- Don't procrastinate.
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- This page last updated on 4 July 2021