I could never stress this enough when disaster hits you straight on. I always preach to my colleagues and readers alike. The bottom line, it’s all about your confidential data to be safe and secure at all times. when your computer fails due to hardware or infected with a malicious virus. If you decide to store your data locally on your computer’s “My Documents” or anywhere on the Root of your C:\ drive. Your data may not be recover or your files might get infected causing havoc and pop ups.
What does it all mean? A quick definition of each character. Click on each one down the list, and it will route to a website called “www.easythings.org”.
The best practice is always to have another backup copy whether it would on the cloud –e.g. “Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox” or another means by an external drive like a thumb drive via USB. That being said, when disaster happens and your computer is infected with a malicious virus or some sort of malware the first thing pops up in your mind is your data. Backing up your data should be part of your healthy habit especially if you constantly editing documents, power point presentations, and updating your resume you get the idea.
If you decide to go with the external drive route, there are plenty of manufacturers to choose from. Just to name a few – Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba. Do your research, read the reviews and select which drive that will accommodate your needs. I’ve known plenty of users that would store data locally on their computer desktop without having another backup elsewhere. Either their too lazy to take that extra step or not being educated enough the fact that your hard drive at some point will fail or get infected with a malicious virus.
As the above mentioned, Backing up your data is your #1 priority when disaster happens especially dealing with malicious virus, malware and spyware alike. 2nd step is to purchase genuine copy license anti-virus/malware software. When deciding on which anti-virus to purchase, the majority pops up in mind household names like – Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, AVG, Bitdefender, Trend Micro; the list goes on and on. The people I’ve encounter in the past and present, it’s all about preferences. There are plenty of users that will stick with McAfee for decades, due to the familiarity of the interface, ease of use, and it actually works!
I can contest and due to my experiences there are only two that comes in mind. Malwarebytes and Superantispyware I give Malwarebytes the first nod due to its consistency, dependability, ease of use, and support. Malwarebytes far exceeds my expectations with flying colors. Install it and forget about it! Malwarebytes just works! Behind the scenes according to Malwarebytes:
- Detects new (zero-hour) malware your antivirus will miss.
- Removes even the most deeply embedded malware.
- Doesn’t cost you a dime.
- Compatible with most major antiviruses.
Try it for 14 days, review it and finalize your decision.
Superantispyware is my 2nd option. Their famous slogan: Remove spyware, NOT just the easy ones! It performs more than just removing spyware – Detect and Remove: Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, Key Loggers, Hijackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats. Light on System Resources: designed NOT to slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Designed not to conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution! Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!
The company founded in 2004 led by Nick Skrepetos. Superantispyware highly focused on providing the most up-to-date technology to detect, remove and protect your system from harmful software. The Free Edition is downloadable and use it for as long as you want, there is
NO trial or expiration. . Check out their customer Service and Product Support here: http://goo.gl/OzfXgI very impressive! The physical address is very transparent:
900 Chesapeake Drive, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, California 94063
Billing Inquiries Only
866-966-6254 (9AM – 6PM Eastern, Monday – Friday)
Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. The very last resort and you have tried all night long combatting these pesky viruses. Assuming you have backed up your data elsewhere, it’s time to reformat your hard drive and perform a full restore of your operating system. If you have NOT backed up your data and you are able to retrieve them from your root C:\ Drive My Documents then decide to move them to an external drive via USB. At that point you are taking a risk, one of the files could be a potential infected files. After the proper steps are taken, update your anti-virus definitions and run a deep scan on your root C:\ drive again. Hope this helps, shoot me an email for further questions or concern. Good Luck!