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Windows Updates vs. ZoneAlarm

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Q:
I installed the Windows Updates for July yesterday like you told us to and now I’m having trouble getting connected to the Internet. It seems as if the Updates changed something on my computer and I can’t get it to work right. Do you know anything about this? If you do, please help!

A:
I was going to talk about this today anyway, so I’m glad you… Continue reading

Secunia PSI

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Today, I have a free download and an amazing security tool all in one! The program is called Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) and it does something I’ve been seeking for a long time.

Do you ever wonder if all of the programs on your system are up to date? I know I have! Everyone has so many programs on their computer and… Continue reading

New Security Fixes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

New Security Fixes

Today, instead of telling you about a new scary threat to your system, I have some good news! As promised, I’m keeping you up to date on security issues we have covered before. I have two fixes for some pretty big bugs still looming around the Web. Let’s see what we’ve got!

First, let’s talk about Safari. If you remember, a couple weeks ago, I wrote about… Continue reading

Security Warning: Exiting Explorer

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Security Warning: Exiting Explorer

Unfortunately, there are some ignorant people in the world today and most of them are on the Internet. Recently, a cruel Internet prank surfaced that preys on just about anyone. But if you know what the prank is, you won’t fall for it, so please keep reading to learn how you can keep yourself protected!

The prank involves a “cool trick” that can be done by… Continue reading

Firefox 3 Hits Record: A Continuation

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Firefox 3 Hits Record: A Continuation

I know we talked a little about this last week, but I have some more to tell you regarding the Firefox 3 record breaking, so please listen up!

I’m sure most of you know that the newest version of Firefox just came out last week. Firefox 3.0 is the newest Web browser online today and it has a ton of new features that everyone… Continue reading

New Ransomware on the Loose

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

New Ransomware on the Loose

I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but I have some bad news on the security front today. Do you remember a few months ago when I wrote about ransomware? Ransomware is basically a virus that takes over your computer and demands you to pay the creator of the virus for a code that will bring your data back. Most of… Continue reading

Alternative Virus Removal

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Alternative Virus Removal

So, tell me, has your computer ever been infected with a virus that completely took over your whole system? I mean, was it so bad that you couldn’t even get your antivirus program to open? Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty bad! So, what did you do about it? How are you supposed to fix your computer if you can’t even scan your system to see what’s wrong?… Continue reading

Critical Security Warning: Safari for Windows

If you’ve been reading WorldStart’s newsletters for the last few months, you probably already know about the newest Web browser for Windows called Safari. Safari is a browser made by Apple that has been used on Mac computers for several years and it is now available for Windows as well. Personally, I really like Safari and I have used it from time to time… Continue reading

Safe Browsing

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I always say you shouldn’t go to Web sites you don’t trust, but what if you’re not sure if you can trust a certain site or not? What do you do then? This type of problem is pretty common and in the past, it has left me wondering what to do. Well, today, I have a very easy answer to that question!

Outlook Express Security

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Outlook Express Security

Outlook Express is one of the most widely used e-mail applications in the world. It’s a great program for what it does. It provides a simple way to get your e-mail on your computer with very minimal hassle. While OE is a great program, it does have some security loopholes that could leave your computer exposed if you’re sending an e-mail with a virus in it. Here… Continue reading

Fishy Advertisements

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Q:
A lot of the Web sites I visit have advertisements that randomly pop up and while they’re rather annoying, they also always seem to know where I’m located. It’s like they’re targeting me personally. How can that be? Please explain!

A:
Oooh, that’s a really good question! It’s true that a lot of Web sites these days include advertisements for other products and incentives. They’re always trying… Continue reading

May 2008 Updates

Friday, May 16th, 2008

May 2008 Updates

As you all probably know, the Windows Updates for May 2008 came out this past Tuesday (May 13, 2008). I’m sure most of you have already installed them (at least you should have!), but you might still be a little curious about what was actually updated on your computer. It’s always hard to decipher that information, especially when you’re in a hurry to just get… Continue reading

XP SP3 Support

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

XP SP3 Support

I’m sure every single one of you know about the Windows XP Service Pack 3 update, right? We here at WorldStart have gotten a lot of phone calls and e-mails about the release in the last week or so. Your comments range from how smoothly the install went to how the Service Pack completely crashed your computer and so on.

Now, I don’t want to scare you… Continue reading

XP SP3 Nightmare: Endless Reboot Loops

As you probably remember, we here at WorldStart told you all about the new Windows XP Service Pack 3 being released last week. Well, as it turns out, the new and improved SP3 is still causing some problems, especially if you own an HP computer with an AMD processor. (Now, even if you don’t, please continue reading, because it’s not just HP computers; several… Continue reading

Scanning E-mail Attachments

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Do you even think twice before you download a picture, music file or video clip that comes attached in an e-mail from a trusted family member or friend? I’m guessing you don’t, but I’m sure you’ll start after you hear what I have to say next. Brace yourself! Malicious software can easily hide itself in documents and media files and if you happen to open one of those on your computer, it could become infected as well. Continue reading

AVG 8

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

AVG 8

When it comes to free antivirus software that is also powerful, there’s really only one option. It’s called AVG Free Edition and it works great for basic antivirus protection on a home PC. I know there are several of you out there who use AVG, so I decided to give you a heads up on some big changes you should be aware of. For quite some time now… Continue reading

Comodo

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I have mentioned before that having a good firewall is essential to computer security. I know some of you out there use the Windows firewall that comes along with your computer, but that may not always be the best choice. The Windows firewall does provide the minimum security needed to protect your files and system from unwanted access, but it also lacks many of the advanced features that are included… Continue reading

Google’s Phishing Warning

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Q:
I always use Google to search and lately, I’ve been noticing a new warning that pops up under some of my search results. It says something about phishing, but I’m not quite sure what it is. Do you have any ideas?

A:
Yes, I do believe I know what you’re talking about! I actually just heard about this the other day, so I’m glad you asked. An… Continue reading

Kraken Botnet

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Kraken Botnet

Over the past year, we here at WorldStart have written many times about the Storm Worm. This worm has become well known worldwide because of its ability to infect computers and remotely execute commands, without any detection by normal antivirus software. Well, until recently, the Storm Worm has been the “big one” to look out for, but now, there’s a new botnet on the loose that’s causing… Continue reading

Malware Threat Center

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Recently, I found an awesome Web site that helps you stay up to date on security threats around the globe. The SRI International Malware Threat Center is a monitoring site that can tell you loads of information about the newest threats, where they’re coming from and who’s fighting against them.

If you have any interest in knowing what is going on with malware threats and growth, you… Continue reading

Ditch the Antivirus?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Q:
Often times when I’m installing a new piece of software, it tells me to turn my antivirus program off while I do so. Why does it do that? And when is it safe to turn it back on? Please explain!

A:
Ooooh, what a great question! I’m sure all of you have been in this situation before. You know, you order a new piece of software and… Continue reading

April 2008 Windows Updates

Friday, April 11th, 2008

April 2008 Windows Updates

Let me see a show of hands. How many of you have already installed the Windows Updates for April 2008? I hope most of you are raising your hand, because this month’s updates are as important as ever. As you may know, a total of eight updates came through, with five of those being categorized as “critical” and the other three as “important.” A… Continue reading

Viruses: The Good and Bad

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Viruses: The Good and Bad

Today, I have some information about viruses, spyware and other malware. Listen up!

Did you know that the number of malware programs on the Web today is predicted to increase to one million this year? Yikes! The number of bad programs continues to grow at an alarming rate, but that’s actually some good news! That’s right, I said one million viruses is good news. Here’s… Continue reading

A Little More About Router Safety

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

A Little More About Router Safety

It seems like everyday, I get at least one e-mail with a question about routers. The questions range from “Which router is the most secure?” to “What does wireless B, G, N mean?” and so on.

Well, it’s pretty obvious to me that a lot of you out there would like some clarification on routers. I will do my best to answer as many… Continue reading

Preventing AutoRun Attacks From Malicious CDs

How many times have you innocently inserted a CD or flash drive into your computer, only to find out it has infected your PC with a virus? How did that happen? Why did that happen? Well, one of the causes could be the AutoRun feature in Windows. If you have your computer set up to run the AutoRun, it can launch installers and other… Continue reading

Hotel Internet Connections

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Q:
My family and I are going on vacation in a few weeks and we’ll be staying in a hotel the whole time. I’d like to take my laptop with me, but I’m not sure if I’ll have access to the Internet at the hotel or not. How can I find out? Or, what do I need to do to be able to connect while I’m in my room?

Securely Using Public Computers

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I have written several articles in the past about ways you can protect your computer, but what if you’re not using your own computer? What if you’re using a public computer instead (at a library or hotel, for example?) Those computers may not be as secure as your home system, and you need to take the proper steps to ensure your personal data stays safe. Here

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