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Several Internet security firms have confirmed that the “conficker” worm is set to go off in possibly millions of computers on April 1st. This virus has been around for a few months and is picking up steam. Many times viruses like this can lay dormant in your computer and pop up on a set date. The Aprils fool day has always been popular amongst virus makers.

There are a lot of theories and suggestions of what it could do. The main thing this virus does is allows many computers to attack or “flood” the internet all at the same time, causing what is called denial of service attacks.

Basically it would be like everyone getting in their car and driving down to main street, and trying to drive. Too many cars, not enough road. This is the same concept. The main difference is, you would know if you were driving downtown, in fact more like someone stole your car to drive down there. Your computer just sits there, and you might not even know it is involved in causing the problem!

Here are a couple of things to make sure you do before April 1st:

Check your antivirus program and make sure it is up to date and working. It should be down in your system tray near your clock. Double click on it, ( all the top programs Trend Micro, Norton, McAfee, F-Secure) show you that everything is working or lets you know if there are problems. Most of them have a FIX it button, just click on that if it shows problems.

Second, run a full scan. Many of the programs run a quick scan. On Trend for example, if you open it up and see the scan button, just to the right is an arrow. Click on the down arrow, and choose FULL SCAN. Run that baby and delete any bad stuff it finds.

Lastly Make sure your Windows Security Updates are up to date! You can click here to check Microsoft Updates

If you do not have the worm, there is nothing to worry about. But it is better safe than sorry when it comes to viruses on computers. The biggest threat is to people who are not protected with Internet Security Software, theirs is not working or it is expired.

Here are a couple articles explaining more about the virus.

Microsoft

Fox News

Microsoft & Security Software – Another Gilligan’s Rerun
Saturday, February 21st, 2009 | Author:

Microsoft Drops Live OneCare Security product and will offer new free version of some new revamped security software. This is like seeing a rerun of Gilligan’s Island for the 15th time.

Like Gilligan’s Island, this is funny, predictable, entertaining, and always a catastrophe brewing. But the software is not really going to help keep your PC secure. Microsoft has tried to make Antivirus security programs for many years now, and each time, they have failed.

They have tried the free version, the pay version and the part free, part pay version, since back in the early 90’s. They all have been lousy programs that do not protect your computer well.

I have been a strong advocate against Window’s Live OneCare for a long time now, and Microsoft has announced that they are dropping the retail security software in June of this year.

The not surprising news is that they are coming out with a free program code named “Morro”. Microsoft has hired a guy from McAfee to oversee their Security Research & Response Team.

Microsoft has bought out many little Antivirus security companies that made good software, and then ran the products into the ground only to end up with watered-down, poor software.

I would strongly suggest not using this free product when it becomes widely available. It will be cheap and appealing to save a few bucks. However, as the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for!”

Remember, with Internet security, you pay $35-$60 a year, which is about $3-$5 a month, for peace of mind, safety, and keeping your computer and information protected. That is not a bad investment.

I still stand by Trend Micro Internet Security. Trend by the way, did not get the best review from PC World recently. The problem with the PC World review is that there is no comparison or discussion about how well the product performs. How easy is it to uninstall or troubleshoot a problem you might have? How easy is it for the average user to understand and use? How much does the program slow down the computer, and how much memory do you really need to run it?
Another issue I see is that PC World accepts advertising, and oddly enough there is not a lot of Trend Micro advertising in that magazine.

With the computers that come in the shop, I see fewer problems with Trend. I have tried them all, and sold both McAfee and Norton/Symantec, and I still feel Trend is one of the best products available, with everything considered. I have run AVG Free, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Panda, and they all have issues. There is no perfect product out there, but I do still highly recommend Trend.

Internet Security Tips

Whatever program you use for Internet Security, make you do the following:

  • Have good, current version of a paid-up Anti-virus/Internet Security program
  • Have it turned on and receiving automatic updates of the virus definitions
  • Have it set to automatically perform a full scan of the computer weekly
  • Make sure your Microsoft Windows updates are turned on (you can find the settings in Control Panel>Automatic Updates)

Here is a good article on the new Microsoft Free Antivirus that is coming soon: