Windows Security

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Windows Security

Windows computers are often subject to viruses, malware and other nasty software that harms your computer, but these are avoidable with some basic tips.

Update your Operating System

This allows you to get the latest security patches from Microsoft.

Go to Start Menu > Windows Update
    • Note:' Windows Updates should be set to download and install automatically.

Download and Install Antivirus

Having an up to date anti virus on your computer is a great way to protect against, check for and remove potential viruses from your computer. URI supports many popular antivirus systems. For a complete list please Click here

AVG Free 2014 is a popular and free antivirus. You can download and install it at the above link.

Password-protect your computer

Setting a computer password will help keep others physically out of your computer. It is also a good idea to set your computer to "lock" after a certain period of non-use to prevent others from using it when you are away.

Turn your computer's firewall on.

Go to Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall then select On (recommended).

Back up your computer regularly

If anything does happen backing up your hard drive ensures that none of your data gets lost. The easiest way to do this is to use an External USB or Firewire external storage device.These instructions should help you get started. Creating a System Image is a good way to back up all your settings and files. It basically acts as like a snapshot of your computer so that it can be reset to what you currently have it set to. For instructions on how to do that click here

Safe Browsing

The best defense is always the best offense.

  1. Be sure when downloading a program that it is from a safe source. Avoid sites like "softwarepedia" and other 3rd party sites. Try to download it directly from the source.
  1. Never click on popups! To prevent popups on your computer you can use AdBlock Plus to prevent popups. Adblock is available for Firefox, Chrome, Android phones, Opera, Internet Explorer and Safari.
  1. Don't respond to spam emails. Note that no one from the University will ever ask for your password! If an email comes to you asking for your password, delete it and report it to the HelpDesk.
  1. Keep your Browser up to date. Browsers work as our gateway to the internet, and can also be the way viruses get onto your computer in the first place. For Macs Safari is updated as part of your computer updates, and similarly Internet explorer is updated along with your Windows updates. Here are instructions for Chrome Users, and for Firexox users.

See Also

External Links

  • Windows Startup Inspector
    Find out just what is starting along with your computer. This is an excellent way to find if you have viruses or spyware on your computer.

See Also

External Links

  • MPAA Parent Scan
    A website about copyright laws and a program that will search your computer for illegal files and inform you of their presence. This program is useful for parents who wish to check for what their children might have downloaded.
  • Windows Startup Inspector
    Find out just what is starting along with your computer. This is an excellent way to find if you have viruses or spyware on your computer.