Optimus Media Security Page
This page contains news on popular threats as well as tips on preventing
and protecting your system from computer viruses.
No New Security Threats
Unfortunately, it's no longer a matter of "if" someone
will send you a virus, but "when". These recommendations
will limit the likelihood of getting infected by a computer worm
- Get Antiviral software.
Avast has great free software here.
- Patch your System/Software
Most viruses and worms on the loose today are taking advantage
of well publicized"holes" in your email or operating
system software. Keep your system "patched" and you'll
be immune to many of the most popular viruses.
- Start here:
- From that screen click on product updates. Download
all critical and security updates. Also download
any in the recommended section that look like they may apply
to you. This should help your system stability (fewer crashes
and lock-ups) as well as security.
- Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!
- Don't open attachments!
The vast majority of viruses are executed by opening an attachment.
This applies to friends as well as strangers. Unless you know
this person has sent you the attachment sitting in your inbox,
don't open it. A "no attachment" policy is a good
recommendation for any business. Very often infected people
send you viruses with attractive subjects like "what
do you think of this?" and have no idea their computer
is sending out email on their behalf.
- Scan everything:
If you know what the attachment is, and are expecting it,
then before you open it, save it to your hard drive and scan
it, just to be sure the sender does not have a virus that
is infecting other documents.
- Don't download illiegal music or obscene material. Like in life if you hang out in the shady parts of the city (or internet) you're going to get hurt. Stay away from sites and programs like limewire. Buy your music online or
Please note: The info here is provided as a public
service in good faith. We can not be responsible for any damages
that may occur while attempting to clean your system. If you are
in doubt about any procedure recommended, please contact a computer
professional in your area.