hsbc credit ratings 2011 doxycycline 100mg caps debt reduction and credit repair credit repair cooking classes in houston tx cialis black generic humortadela viagra generico plant viagra 200mg cialis drug costs discount lexapro card quick cash payday loans tucson propecia 5mg quick how to find out my credit wine rating in australia capital one credit repair credit card offers propecia cheapest buy australian personal credit rating report vragen over viagra buy metformin 500 mg cheapest pharmacy cialis generic viagra ebay take 4 5mg cialis zithromax 250 mg 6 buying cialis tijuana credit repair services movie theaters in el paso tx free instant credit report online no credit card what's how do i check my credit rating free positive credit reporting uk ottantenne morto viagra aquatic tetracycline 250mg generic propecia ineffective merchant need cash advance today credit cards for bad credit history in uk viagra dosage half buy anti estrogen check into first cash payday loans online 25 mg zoloft effects nexium 40 mg preis cialis online only free online check credit score usaa viagra tablet images er viagra receptpligtig glucophage 1000 mg poudre diflucan dosage 200 mg philippines buy propecia cash advances bad credit payday loans canada prednisone 3 pills viagra for canada order propecia bosley how to do a credit check on a business in canada astrazeneca nexium 10 mg how to clear a bad credit history superovulation 25mg clomid pharmacy propecia online viagra professional generic kamagra 50mg kaufen clotrimazole cream uses and effects propecia from india online buy viagra liquid 8 mg of prednisone what's a good credit score experian wellbutrin 100 mg dosage free consumer reports logins reviews of credit karma complaints how to get a free credit check online no credit card how to quickly fix your credit rating credit report 3 credit bureaus and 3 scores 150mg viagra dose xenical online sale indian generic levitra cheap propecia ontario credit check uk cost of living index generic nexium reviews online chemist viagra soorten viagra doxycycline 600 mg dog buy doxycycline internet viagra in italy xeloda chemo treatment cost cheap xenical orlistat trans union of canada credit report fixing bad get my credit rating australia can i take two nexium over the counter 0.25mg viagra doxycycline 100 mg pch viagra discussion board farmaco generico augmentin maxima dosis viagra the credit crunch explained in simple terms medicamento levitra 5 mg who are the free free credit report band members names prednisone 20 mg webmd jimmy kimmel viagra equifax free credit report phone number moody credit rating report price 10 mg lexapro to buy levitra precio lisinopril 5 mg generic valtrex effectiveness can a debt collector how can i check my credit report what are the names of the 3 credit agencies zovirax buy viagra craigslist toronto levitra 5 mg originale cialis 20 mg online buy viagra moscow what does a credit score of 700 mean copy of credit report how to get free credit report from all 3 bureaus free credit report government president obama website .gov viagra 25 mg durata cialis 5mg cut credit from can you still get a car loan with bad credit generico de cytotec medicamento metformin 500 mg viagra cartoon strips viagra cialis specials canadian fair credit fair credit reporting act of 1970 summary 50mg clomid pfizer viagra store credit repair best credit buy nexium twitter get equifax business credit report isoptin sr 240 mg is how many grams achat viagra veritable credit repair business consultant jobs credit check adoption agencies new zealand what is the fastest way to rebuild credit after bankruptcy generic prescription synthroid 20mg lexapro night clomid zoloft together credit repair traffic attorney raleigh nc how do you raise your credit score 40 pts viagra online caution clonazepam with viagra credit experts south africa no physician viagra erfahrungsberichte cialis 10mg uso de lasix generic priligy kaufen viagra udon thani erythromycin 250 mg alcohol cheap viagra 25 credit score scale mileage chart canada doxycycline monohydrate buy reputable online viagra viagra times online unsecured loans for very poor credit rating cipro hexal 500 mg viagra list how to find out credit score rbc center cialis 100mg tadalafiili buy kamagra gels i need help getting a loan with bad credit cialis sales data harga eceran viagra getting a free yearly free credit report from experian jual propecia 1mg viagra and lifting business credit score ratings transunion free online credit report south africa tetracycline causing acne cvs 100mg viagra how to improve your credit score overnight lamotrigine 200 mg tablet images kamagra 160 mg gold lasix 500mg tabs experian how do i get my yearly free credit report cialis online flashback viagra generic trouche how to get a mortgage with poor credit and no deposit credit car history report usa lcds loan credit default swap buy nolvadex kroger buspar for dementia wellbutrin generic online notice de viagra viagra mc donalds jj walker viagra lasix 500mg tabs lilly cymbalta buy viagra copenhagen viibryd vs buspar periactin cheap online utilisation viagra 50mg erfahrungsbericht viagra viagra use yahoo propecia 1mg buy viagra walgreens credit card and credit repair forums topics buy online cialis diflucan 200 mg posologia generic hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg viagra budapest buy amoxil online kaufen cialis 20 mg pericoloso cialis 20mg coupon amscot cash advance fast loans no credit check viagra arrythmia cialis dapoxetine buy business credit score ratings cialis medicine 5mg 1 hour payday loans direct lenders nexium menstrual disorder viagra otc vietnam diflucan 200 mg prezzo how to report to credit bureaus as a landlord how can i check credit report viagra edema prevention kamagra 100mg pl
spacer.png, 0 kB
| UNYG Blog UNYG Blog | Favorite Links Favorite Links | FAQs FAQs | Contact Us Contact Us | Privacy Privacy | Site Map |
Print E-mail

Some methods of protecting your system while surfing the web.

By Dick Hillenbrand

Most of us use PCs with Microsoft operating systems and this discussion shall target this group only.  I know practically nothing about Apple Macintosh nor Linux nor UNIX operating systems.

If you surf the Internet and use email you are very aware of the huge amounts of SPAM that show up in your inbox.  Some of the things discussed below will probably help lower the amounts of SPAM that you receive but better than that these things will eliminate many of the behind the scenes things that are going on within your system that you may not be aware of.

If your system has been online for a while I will guarantee that you have many SPYWARE programs operating on your machine.  Some of these are small utilities that just monitor your surfing habits to target advertisers’ assaults; however some of these little programs are much more vicious and can monitor all of your actual keystrokes which would give people access to your passwords, credit card numbers, and actual messages.

If you were caught up in the free music craze or file swapping from NAPSTER, or LIMEWIRE, or KAZAA, or any one of several Peer to Peer (P2P) online systems you will absolutely be loaded with adware, spyware, and possibly some really really bad little deamons.  It seemed like a great idea at the time.  The idea that there was no way that you could be caught (hah) was very attractive to many and I will admit that I did try it for a while and totally stopped when the good little devil on my right shoulder beat out the bad little one on the left.  Many people that were big time users of this feature are now being arrested, fined or perhaps even prison terms are in the offing for some.  It is not worth it and you automatically opened up your computer for the whole world to use if they knew how.  I will describe below some of the ways that you can clean your system up after using any of these networks.

There are some general rules that I follow and would urge everyone else to do so also, such as NEVER open any attachments unless you ABSOLUTELY know what it is and who it is from and that you are expecting it.  Even then you should save the file to a folder and then scan it with your anti-virus program before opening it.

NEVER click on a popup ad!  It will perhaps fulfill your curiosity or provide you with a (good?) deal on a specific item, however it very likely will plant a cookie on your system that might be benign or it might be very malicious.  If the item interests you enough you would be better off to search Google or some other search engine for a similar item than to click on a popup ad.

If you have been online for several months or even years without attempting to clean out your system then probably your machine is running noticeably slower and strange things happen at odd times.  Sometimes your machine may take an unusually long time to open a file or program, sometimes even the characters on the screen will seem to appear slowly, sometimes the machine will just hang and sometimes it will just turn off for no apparent reason.

Here are some of the things that you might try to help get your ship in order.

First; get an anti-virus program that is currently up to date and run it often.  Mine is set to run automatically every day.  I have had some vicious bugs over the years.  One of them actually stopped me from accessing any part of the Internet.  The anti virus program I was using could not be updated and I actually ended up getting a new computer and starting all over.  Funny thing I tried that machine again recently and it was able to access the web, so I downloaded the updates and I did get it cleaned up.  Perhaps the virus or worm that was causing the original problem had a time out feature built in but in any case I was able to salvage it and now it is one of my networked machines again.

You can purchase many excellent anti-virus programs such as NORTON, McAFEE and many others, however you may also go on-line and download some very good free programs that will do the job and can be updated.  You might have to put up with some banner ads but the program use is free.  You might want to try AVG from http://www.grisoft.com or HOUSECALL from http://housecall.trendmicro.com which is a free service where their computer will hook up to yours and scan your machine for you.  This is a way to be sure that you have the very latest data base of known varmints.

Second:  Use a FIREWALL.

A FIREWALL is a utility that you can download and install which will help to monitor and reject randomly automated or direct attacks on your system.  While you are online many ports are normally open to hackers.  A FIREWALL closes these ports and may be able to be configured to notify you when there are attacks.

The one that I use is called ZONE ALARM PRO, however a free version may be obtained from http://www.zonelabs.com , and another very good free one is available from http://www.sygate.com  .  There are others but either one of these should help you immensely.

Third:  Use a program that monitors and blocks and removes bad cookies and registry code that allows others the information from your web surfing habits.

I loaded and ran a program called PEST PATROL and it found several hundred known or suspected adware, spyware utilities and cookies that most likely were troublesome or malicious.  There is a way to sort through them and keep the ones you want but you would have to know a lot more about computers than I do to decide which is which, so I just deleted them all to no apparent deleterious effect, and lo and behold I got my old high speed system back!

These cookies are planted on your machine to legitimately enable the website provider to gain statistical data for their own business use and calculations and to allow you to access the site quicker the next time you visit.  They also can be used nefariously by hackers and certain advertisers that might want to send you a lot of SPAM or annoying pop-up or pop-under ads.  You can set your own Internet Security Options to not accept cookies but then you will not be able to view some website content.  I prefer to set my options to Medium and use PEST PATROL often to clean out the suspected culprits.

Fourth: (and optional,) you might be so disgusted with SPAM that you are ready for the brute force method of using a full blown SPAM eliminator program.  For what it is worth I tried a couple and they were more trouble than they were worth, but I will explain some parts here for your own edification.

www.spamarrest.com is a good program and actually receives your spam for you, however I found that I was missing mail that I wanted to receive as well as many of the subscription services that I receive on a daily basis.

Another is Coffee Cup Spam Blocker available at http://www.tucows.com/ .  This is one that I have not tried but is the highest rated one at my favorite shareware download site www.tucows.com .   I have been using many utilities and programs from this site and find that they have all been tested and there are usually review comments.  I also have never received any viruses from anything that I have downloaded here, or not that I know of that is.  \grin./

The latest method that I now use is to almost NEVER use Internet Explorer.  I have installed three other free browsers that I use almost excluively.  One is called OPERA, a free download available at http://www.opera.com , another is NETSCAPE available at http://browser.netscape.com/ns8/ , and my favorite is Mozilla's FIREFOX downloadable at http://www.mozilla.org .

I am not one of theses know-it-alls that bashes MICROSOFT, as a matter of fact I love MICROSOFT, this is still a marvelous world that they have helped create and where would we be without the Internet?  It is just that the bastards that write all of the malicious code target MS just because they can.  So far there are very few attacks against the browsers I mentioned above.  You may find some webpages that you might not be able to read ALL of the information on or use all of the bells and whistles that particular site might offer, but you have to ask yourself, "Is it really worth it, punk" \g/ to use IE?

The end result is that if you want to use this magical thing called the Internet, you will have to put up with the nuisances involved but you can fight back and protect yourself “somewhat” by using these methods.

Good luck and happy surfing.

 
spacer.png, 0 kB
spacer.png, 0 kB