Get the most out of security and remove viruses and malware

Here’s a few links and tips on maintaining your computer and repairing your computer.

Cleaning your computer and protecting your computer:

Cleaning and protecting your computer

MSConfig – only needed programs in the startup group (Run MSConfig in the start or search box)
– Find hidden files with WhatinStartup (Nirsoft)
– Find hidden startup items with
SuperAntispyware Portable
Microsoft Malware Removal
Microsoft Security Essentials

If necessary –
Old Timers List
Windows and Office updates
Secunia – all third party software updates
Web of Trust – WOT
Do Not Track – DNT+
Turn on your Firewall
Check file shares and make sure you are not sharing to EVERYONE
Do NOT use P2P file sharing or torrent software
Surf Safely
Encrypt your files with AxCrypt or Safehouse
Encrypt your flashdrive
Scan portable devices – flash drives and external drives
Backup your computer to another drive or use a secure online storage vendor

Check for Proxies and resetting your firewall and winsock

Open Internet Options under the control panel and check connection|Lan Settings and make sure the proxy checkboxes are not checked (Unless you use one)
– How to reset your Windows Firewall
Open the cmd prompt as an administrator and type the following
netsh advfirewall reset
– How to reset your Winsock and flush cache
Open the cmd prompt as an administrator and type the following
ipconfig /flushdns
nbtstat -R
nbtstat -RR
netsh int reset all
netsh int ipv4 reset
netsh winsock reset catalog
After running the commands
This will rebuild the tcp/ip protocol stack (fully)
reboot your computer


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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