Category Archives: Computer Security

Computer Internet Browsers Safety & Viruses in Portland

We all know about Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Apple Safari browsers, but what’s the real differences between them all? And which internet browser do we recommend?

We’ve used and compared many of the browsers and they differ quite a bit from one another. One browser that we surely don’t recommend is, Internet Explorer! It’s not as fast nor as safe as some other browsers. Many, many viruses are designed to attack Internet Explorer because it’s the most popular browser and it’s practically on every Windows computer in the world. It’s only popular because it comes automatically with the Windows operating system.

We have found that the Mozilla Firefox browser seems to be the best browser by far from our studies. It’s fast, it’s safer than Internet Explorer and has many add-ons to choose from to make your internet browsing much better. You can download Mozilla Firefox for free at:

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Enjoy!

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How to Remove Security Tool Virus / Malware

Hey everyone,

We have seen a lot of computers infected with the security tool virus that pops up a blue screen and starts scanning your computer automatically. Then it lists a ton of various viruses, trojans and spyware that it supposedly finds. It also runs under aliases such as System Security and Total Security.

If you try to close out of it, it just comes back up again. It’s pretty nasty.

So this is how to remove it:

1. Download Malware Bytes AntiMalware
2. Install the Malware-Bytes Program
3. Update the Malware-Bytes Program
4. Do a FULL SCAN on your computer.
5. Delete all infected files.

This will usually find and remove all instances of the security tool and prevent it from opening again.

If for some reason your web browser wont open the website to download the program, or if the virus wont let you do ANYTHING at all, then you must bring it in to the professionals here at CompRite in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA. We have 5 convenient locations, so there’s a CompRite near you!

Click here for all of our locations in the Portland Metro Area

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FREE Antivirus Protection?

There are a lot of free anti-virus applications out there…but are they really free? How useful are they? Most internet service providers offer McAfee or Norton for free with their service subscription. There’s a ton of different free choices online too.

Are they the best virus protection you can get for your computer? Not necessarily. In fact, a lot of these free programs will slow down your computer and use up a lot of your computer’s resources. Boot up times will decrease and programs will launch for longer periods of time. On top of all that, most of these programs wont detect a lot of the viruses that are out there. Most free anti-virus solutions don’t have the finances to do updates as soon as they should. So your computer gets slower and viruses can still infect your computer.

What’s the good of that? I personally would rather not have protection at all!

What can you do about it? Most paid anti-virus programs will do a much better job at finding viruses. CompRite recommends Trend Micro Internet Security as the best protection. It has a lot of amazing features, it’s super simple to use, and it’s one of the programs that takes up the least amount of system resources. In opposition, we have found that McAfee and Norton take up the MOST amount of system resources and slow down your computer the most.

Ultimately, safe internet browsing is the best bet against viruses. Not downloading fishy programs, files, or email attachments, not using peer to peer programs such as torrents and frost-wire, and staying away from possibly infected websites is the BEST way to keep your computer free of viruses.

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