Security Software Basics

Today’s threats are varied, sophisticated, and continue to adapt in order to get past your defenses. And that means that going online without essential protection in place on your computer is no longer an option.

The best ways to stay secure online are to prepare your PC with the right tools, and to use caution and common sense whenever you use the Internet. Updated spyware and virus protection with real-time monitoring are important tools in keeping spyware and malware from infecting your computer. An up-to-date firewall is another security must-have. These three elements provide fundamental security to your PC, and are essential to protect your information and your privacy.

What exactly are these tools and why are they necessary?
Anti-spyware software. Spyware attaches itself to individual computers to perform functions like monitoring Internet navigation and stealing information. Spyware can track your personal data and then send it to cyber criminals. Anti-spyware software can protect your computer by providing real-time protection against malware, spyware, and adware installations, as well as by detecting and removing such programs that are already installed on your computer.

Anti-virus software. A virus is code that recursively replicates a possibly evolved copy of itself. Viruses use computers to spread from one to another. They often perform a function that can erase files and processes from your computer. Anti-virus software can protect your computer from a range of cyber threats like viruses, worms, rootkits, and phishing attacks. The software keeps you protected by scanning files to look for known viruses, and by using what is known as heuristics to identify suspicious behavior which may indicate a threat.

Firewall. A firewall works as a barrier between your PC and cyberspace. When you are connected to the Internet, you are constantly sending and receiving information in small units called packets. The firewall filters these packets to see if they meet certain criteria set by a series of rules, and thereafter blocks or allows the data. A firewall provides critical protection to keep your PC safe from unauthorized access, yet it cannot remove malware from a system that has already been infected; therefore it should be used in conjunction with anti-spyware and antivirus software.

At Popup Remover, it is our mission to provide the solutions needed to protect against today’s varied threat landscape. To help you fight the malware battle, the adware product lineup includes the following stand-alone and combined tools:

Combining our legendary anti-spyware with a powerful antivirus, Popup Remover free enhances them with real-time protection, download protection and continuously updated filters against malicious URLs, providing top-of-the-line anti-malware protection for the casual computer user.

Popup Remover provides a complete set of anti-phishing features and real-time web-filtering technology that safeguards your PC against phishing attacks and online scams, giving you the confidence you need to shop and bank online.

Popup Remover Cosmic
Complete line-of-defense against the most extreme forms of malware and cyber threats, Popup Remover antivirus pro provides the most advanced anti-spyware and antivirus detection and threat blocking algorithms, complemented with a powerful two-way firewall, web filters against phishing attacks and real-time email protection.

Popup Remover Majestic
Our most comprehensive line of defense, Popup Remover provides multiple layers of protection for complete PC security, including antivirus and antispyware, firewall, anti-phishing, email protection, parental control and more, as well as a complete set of data security features like file encryption and digital shredder.

How To Clean Temporary Internet Files Folder

Temporary Internet Files is a folder on Microsoft Windows which contains Web page content that is stored on your hard disk. Internet Explorer and other web browsers uses this directory to cache pages and other multimedia content, such as video and audio files, from websites you visit. This feature improves network performance allowing such websites to load more quickly the next time you visit them.

To clean the Temporary Internet Files folder, proceed through the steps listed below:

  1. Open either Internet Explorer (8.0) or the Control Panel.
  2. With Internet Explorer, click the Tools menu and then click Internet Options…
  3. With Control Panel, double-click Internet Options.
  4. In either case, the Internet Properties window appears.
  5. On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History.
  6. With the Delete Browsing History dialog box, select the Temporary Internet Files check box, and then click Delete.
  7. Click OK.

The History Of Spyware

Virtually everyone with a computer has now heard of spyware, but where and when did it rear its ugly head for the first time? Here is a little history…

The word ‘spyware’ was used for the first time publicly in October 1995. It popped up on Usenet (a distributed Internet discussion system in which users post e-mail like messages) in an article aimed at Microsoft’s business model. In the years that followed though, spyware often referred to ‘snoop equipment’ such as tiny, hidden cameras. It re-appeared in a news release for a personal firewall product in early 2000, marking the beginning of the modern usage of the word.

In 1999, Steve Gibson of Gibson Research detected advertising software on his computer and suspected it was actually stealing his confidential information. The so-called adware had been covertly installed and was difficult to remove, so he decided to counter-attack and develop the first ever anti-spyware program, OptOut.

How To Detect Malware Infection On Your Computer

Let’s be honest, no one wants to own a computer that is infected with malicious programs. Therefore, it is imperative to practice safe computing habits. You can avoid most malware just by staying away from a few common traps.

Cyber criminals are constantly trying to find holes or vulnerabilities to exploit, and new threats are emerging every day on the web. To stay protected, it is important to have the latest version of the software you are using.

Unfortunately, every so often malware get beyond our defenses even though we are careful. Maybe our anti-virus software is out of date or has been compromised by a particularly clever bit of code. Perhaps we clicked on a link by accident and activated a virus. Or someone else used our computer and downloaded some malware by mistake.

5 Symptoms that Your Computer is Infected with Malware:

1. Your computer is running extremely slow.
This might be a symptom of an infection by a malware. If your computer has been infected by a virus, worm or Trojan, they could be running tasks that take up a lot of resources making your computer system run more slowly than usual. If you are not running a resource-heavy application but your computer is very slow, you might have a computer virus.

2. Beware of pop-ups!
If you encounter alarming pop-up messages while surfing the internet, claiming a virus has been detected on your computer and that you should download software to get rid of it. Watch out! These forms of communications are often scams to trick you into downloading software that can jeopardize the safety of your computer. If these messages did not come from your own anti-virus or anti-spyware applications, don’t trust it! There is either spyware on the computer or it has been infected by a bogus antivirus (also called as a “rogue”).

3. Your computer has gone unstable.
That is another sign that something is wrong with your computer. Most malware messes around with important files that halt your computer running properly. That could cause your computer to crash. If your computer crashes when you try to run a specific application or open a particular file that tells you that something has corrupted the data. It could be malware.

4. Your Antivirus and firewall protection is unexpectedly disabled.
This is yet another common characteristic that your computer may be infected. If all of your security components such as your antivirus and firewall have automatically been disabled without your consent, it is most likely a malware has deactivated your antivirus protection. For that reason, you should continuously check that your antivirus is working and running at full protection.

5. Unfamiliar and peculiar error messages.
If you are continuously getting error messages indicating that your programs won’t run or your files won’t open, it might be another sign of infection.

Other possible indicators that suggest something is wrong with your computer include:

  • Strange messages indicating that you can’t access certain drives on your computer.
  • Hardware such as USB keys and printers are not responding to commands.
  • File sizes are fluctuating even if you aren’t accessing those files.

Who Makes Adware?

The first appearance of adware for Macs was in 2012. Since then, more than 25 different forms of adware have popped up in the wild. The makers of adware are sometimes doing so behind closed doors, working as professional black hat hackers or with organized crime units. But usually, they are hiding in plain sight, operating as actual corporations who claim to sell software on the level. They get away with it because their adware is often hidden in the fine print of a long installation agreement that most people skip over. So technically, they’re not doing anything illegal. You accepted the terms of the installment, so they can go ahead and spam you all they want.

What’s the Difference Between Adware and Other Forms of Malware?

Adware and malware are not quite the same thing. While adware is a form of malware, it differs from malicious software in that it’s not conducting particularly evil activities such as keylogging or holding files for ransom. Because of this, most antivirus (AV) programs don’t bother to detect adware, and if they do, they don’t do a very comprehensive job. AV software might flag adware as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), but it will not remove it.

Every time I start my browser I get sent to an Advertising Page! Help?

Your browser has been “hijacked”. This is another trick that takes advantage of bugs in Internet Explorer; certain web pages can change your browser settings without telling you. This may also be a symptom of spyware installed on your computer. Call the help desk to get this fixed.

I got an email that my computer was infected with spyware! What should I do?

Ignore it. Since spyware is becoming more well-known, some spam companies are advertising software to remove spyware from your computer. You might see these ads on web pages or in your email. These ads are usually designed to provoke fear and paranoia, and the products they advertise are usually substandard and may even contain spyware themselves!

I had an advertising message pop up on my screen even when my browser wasn’t open! What do I do?

There are two common reasons for this. One is a bug in Windows Messenger (which is not the same thing as the Instant Messaging program MSN Messenger) which allows people with special software to make messages pop up on your computer screen. These messages appear in the middle of your screen and use the same font and background color (usually gray) as normal Windows popup boxes, and they also have an OK button at the bottom. If you see one of these, print your screen and then hit OK; this type is just a message and doesn’t hurt your computer. You should still call the help desk to get the Windows Messenger turned off. The other of the two causes is much more dangerous; the advertisement may mean that there is spyware already installed on your computer. You should never follow any instructions given by such an ad, or press any buttons in it; call the help desk immediately and leave the advertisement window open until a tech arrives.

I went to a website and all these popup ads started appearing. Every time I close one, more show up! Is this spyware, or is my computer possessed?

This sort of tactic isn’t spyware per se, but a malicious use of poorly designed features in your web browser. If you know how to turn javascript off in your browser, do that, and then you should be able to close all the popup windows; if you aren’t sure how to do that, call the help desk and wait for a tech to arrive.

Does Popup Remover offer phone support?

Popup Remover Consumer Support does not have telephone support as of now; we do have extraordinary email bolster, so please utilize that. On the off chance that you are reached by means of a telephone call by a person who claims to be from Popup Remover, this is a trick! If you don’t mind hang-up. Tech spammers are exceptionally convincing and are not to be accepted.

Our Customer Support staff does not charge an extra expense for our help and we don’t out-source our client support to any other person. Technical support trick organizations will charge an extra expense or convince you to buy an “Agreement” or “Administration Subscription”. We just offer Subscription Licenses to the top notch highlights of our product – we don’t offer administration contracts or memberships to our Consumer clients.

Should I install more than one anti-malware program?

NO! Installing and running more than one anti-malware program at the same time can cause conflicts and errors that make your anti-malware protection less effective, or even not effective at all.

Does the Service scan Internal Messages for Malware?

For Exchange Online Protection standalone customers, the service only scans inbound and outbound messages that are routed by the service, and does not scan messages sent from a sender in your organization to a recipient in your organization. However, for another layer of defense, you can pair the service with the built-in anti-malware protection capabilities of Exchange Server 2013, which scans internal messages for malware.

Why did this malware make it past the filters?

There are two possible reasons why you may have received malware.

The first, and more likely scenario, is that the attachment received does not contain any active malicious code. In these situations, some anti-malware engines that run on computers may be more aggressive and stop messages with truncated payloads.

The second is that the malware you received is a new variant and our anti-malware partners have not yet released a pattern file for the service to deploy. The time it takes for an update to be released is dependent on the anti-malware partners.

How can I Safely Browse the Internet?

Internet safety can be deceiving. Seemingly reputable sites may contain spyware traps, or the sites themselves may be counterfeit — phishing sites posing as the real thing to lure you into their scams and debacles. The path away from Internet safety often begins innocently enough; however, certain sites are more prone to be a source of spyware, including:

  1. Adult sites
  2. File sharing sites
  3. Community sites

Take these steps to fortify your Internet safety and computer security right away:

  1. Avoid questionable Web sites.
  2. Avoid free software and file-sharing applications.
  3. Use antivirus protection and a firewall.
  4. Update your operating system regularly.
  5. Increase your browser security settings.
  6. Type in a trusted URL for a company’s site into the address bar of your browser to bypass links in an email or instant message.
  7. Only download software from sites you trust.
  8. Get anti-spyware software protection.

How can I safely email and IM?

Take these steps to fortify your email security and instant messaging security right away:

  1. Don’t open email or text messages from unknown senders.
  2. Immediately delete message you suspect are spam.
  3. Avoid get rich quick offers, porn or too-good-to-be-true messages.
  4. Do not provide personal information to any unsolicited requests for information.
  5. Use anti virus protection and a firewall.
  6. Update your operating system regularly.
  7. Increase your browser security settings.
  8. Avoid questionable Web sites.
  9. Only download software from sites you trust.
  10. Avoid free software and file-sharing applications.
  11. Get anti-spyware software protection.

How can I Practice Safe File Sharing?

There’s really no two-ways about it: safe file sharing is next to impossible. There are reputable sites that offer spy-free freeware but it’s difficult to investigate every free program to distinguish between the good and bad. Take these steps to fortify your computer security right away:

  1. Avoid questionable Web sites.
  2. Only download software from sites you trust.
  3. Pay careful attention to what you’re downloading and know what other programs you’ve agreed to along with the original file.
  4. The next time you’re redirected to a site that tempts you to install a search toolbar, screensaver, smiley faces or cute cursors, think twice.
  5. Beware of peer-to-peer file sharing services or avoid them all together.
  6. P2P network clients often load spyware onto your PC when you sign up for their service.
  7. The files you swap and share (photos, music, videos or games) may contain malicious programs.
  8. Use anti virus protection and a firewall.
  9. Update your operating system regularly.
  10. Increase your browser security settings.
  11. Get anti-spyware software protection.