Simple tools to protect your Windows Computer from Virus attacks

There are many simple tools that can be quite helpful in protecting Windows OS powered devices from Virus. Read more about this tools in this page.

1 - The Windows Task Manager

On a computer running Windows, the Task Manager can provide information that identifies suspicious processes. To detect them more easily, so it is best to know exactly legitimate processes.

But be careful because a malicious program can sometimes hide behind a normal process. To detect anomalies, it is sufficient to observe the memory consumption and processor resources. Malicious programs are seen in some cases greedy, even if cybercriminals are now looking to use their discretion.


2 - HijackThis

HijackThis is a free utility very powerful, but not necessarily easy to access. Its function is to scan a system to list the parameters that may have been altered by malware such as spyware or adware.


The scan performed, HijackThis creates a report very useful for diagnostic purposes (keep the log once healthy to have in the future an image of your system). On many forums, users bring their technical knowledge to help less experienced users to decrypt the report.

Sites like Security and offer to copy the log provided by the application and obtain an automatic analysis.

3 - GetSystemInfo

Kaspersky offers a tool comparable to HijackThis : GetSystemInfo. The utility performs a system scan and generates a report (sysinfo.txt). Thanks to the parser's online publisher, it is possible to get an automatic analysis and therefore useful information to identify the causes of dysfunction.

Caution: As with HijackThis, it is better to be an experienced user to understand the relationship and act accordingly, including ignoring certain recommendations made by the application.

4 - Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Prevention is the cure. To block the virus before infection, it may be sufficient simply to detect and fix vulnerabilities in its system. For this, there are various vulnerabilities scanners on the Internet, including free, as Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

MBSA allows for the vulnerability auditing in local or network via a domain name or IP address range. In a report, the tool lists the settings at risk (eg a guest account active) and missing software patches.

5 - Check third-party software with Secunia

MBSA focuses on the vulnerabilities of Windows. Secunia provides users with additional tools (online) as they may, in addition, scanning hundreds of software developed by publishers other than Microsoft.
A computer rarely confines itself to an operating system. Therefore ensure the security of different software installed on the computer can prevent many infections.

6 - Healing with antivirus software

No vulnerabilities, no malware? Unfortunately, this is not always easy, especially when a virus to run on a computer, unknown exploits a vulnerability (exploit zero-day).
In these situations, it is preferable to dispose ofa virus, although none of these technologies is infallible. And for that, it is not absolutely necessary to get his card. Several free antivirus proven as Avast and AVG. The software of Microsoft, Security Essentials, can be a solution, although it is perhaps still too recent to make it possible to judge its quality.

7 - Microsoft MSRT

Antivirus programs are sometimes criticized for their memory consumption. Software lighter, as Malicious Software Removal Tool can in some cases an alternative, or rather a complement.
Like any such software, it will analyze the position, detect threats and propose to abolish them. Its advantage is to be placed directly update from Windows Update.

8 - SUPERAntiSpyware

If installing a Microsoft software gives you more hives, do not worry, good substitutes are available for download, including SuperAntiSpyware.
In English, this tool allows the removal of spyware, adware, viruses, trojans, keyloggers and other dialers and worms. For users who would be left trapped by the fake software security antivirus 2009, SuperAntiSpyware is able to uninstall it. This is not the case with all viruses.

9 - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Little known but effective, without being infallible, especially in detecting rootkits. MBAM is available as a free or paid, with the latter in a real-time protection mode.
Light, MBAM is available in many languages, performs the scans quickly and, in most cases, can detect and remove malicious programs.

10 - GMER

If MBAM did not work, it is still possible to use GMER. Behind the minimalist interface, if not austere, lurks a highly-efficient tool to detect and remove rootkits.
For users who do not wish to increase the software, it may be preferable to opt directly for a GP as a security suite. It will then expect, on average, between 50 and 70 euros.

Hope this article helps you to be free from computer viruses

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Author: Sam14 Jun 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Also for good protection it is necessary to keep your antivirus and antispywares updated. Non-updated old antivirus makes your system prone against new viruses and their fixes which makes the antivirus non-useful.

Author: shivani sathi15 Jun 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Thanks for the useful info.

Prior to reading your article I just had knowledge of the anti virus and the task manager things. But now am happy that I have more ways of securing my PC from Threats and viruses.

Author: Satish Kumar Pranatharthyharan15 Jun 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Dear member,

I was little bit jealous about you when I saw this article, not for Cash credits and points you cornered but for your presentation skills. Coming to the subject matter, I have only two utilities out of ten you have mentioned and both are working well. One is AVG and Malware bytes Anti Malware. Yet to get the Eight and depending upon my requirements will do so. Be Mr.Different and think Different. My best wishes.

Author: Pamela Mitra30 Jun 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

According to Microsoft, MS Security Essentials is virus, spyware and malware protection for free.
Installation is quick and the program is trusted. The program does an update and a quick scan.
It doesn't slower your computer. After that it says that your PC is now protected after scan.
It checks for updates automatically, runs regular scans and monitors the system from viruses and malware.

Overall, it provides the basic protection that everyone should have on their system.

Don't warn if a virus attacks your computer.

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