Protect/Recover Your Data and PC – Basic Overview Recap – Old AV Links

Protect Your Data and PC
For more of Business/Corporate level security understanding of legal requirements for Data Protection see this PowerPoint:


For Server 2003/other(?), the ONLY FREE AV software I know that will run on it is Immunet – that will remove/quarantine files also.

ClamAV for Windows is a scanner – it doesn't remove  – (well, didn't some years back)…just IDs problem files.

"Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware."

If you are running a business that relies on Win Servers – you should have a PROFESSIONAL AV solution and PAY for it. Windows Defender will only get you so far. Often you need try multiple solutions to remove a problem – VERY time consuming, very impractical/almost impossible (out of hours only etc.) in a live environment (if stuff still works at all!) and still not guaranteed it won't morph on ID and return later.

This is why I'm big on cloned redundancy –  a clean backup system to swap to in the event of failure for any reason. There is no "if you can afford it" issue here – if you run Windows – it WILL be attacked sooner or later – end of story, and if your business depends on it, it's an expensive investment and should be protected as any other.

Make sure it scans USB devices on plug in or have a suitable device use policy! Users themselves are one if not the biggest risk in a networked environment, bringing crap in from elsewhere on their own devices at their access level privileges.

Linux is NOT immune to virus and other attacks – just less vulnerable overall for different reasons.

For corruption issues in later Win10, prepare a recovery USB NOW!!:
How valuable is your data?

Most people use their PCs to store large amounts of very personal data – everything from family photos to bank and other valuable personal information.

The Internet has never been such a dangerous place with regard to abuse or destruction of data, from Trojan Horses that search for and relay banking details, passwords, email contacts and other personal data to criminals on the Internet that could use it for financial fraud or identity theft, to mindless data destroying viruses that can delete data or render Operating Systems useless requiring a re-installation. This is very inconvenient. You may not want to find your Internet bank account emptied either…!

So what can you do?

Educate yourself on the dangers of the Internet and the available protection. Research the threats – virii, phishing, Trojans etc. A recommended Anti Virus/Firewall program is an obvious first step, but some are much better than others regardless of marketing campaigns.

One reason is that an anti-virus program is only as good as its last update and release time, so if a vendor (McAffee, Norton, Avast, Kaspersky, TrendMicro, AVG etc.) is not "on the ball" with their latest virus research and update release strategy as possible, then the more time any newly written malware has to spread and cause whatever damage it is programmed to do.

Go on personal recommendation not vendor hype! Just because the well known ones are the most common does NOT mean they are very good! In fact they are usually the worst because sales and marketing is their priority, not security.

The most important thing is maintaining a regular update schedule. Do it yourself daily before you get your mail, don't rely on the scheduler, for whatever AV program you use, for the reason stated above.

Data Protection

Rule number 1: Backup your data regularly:

Have multiple copies of important files on Pendrives, CDs/DVDs, other PCs, email records on an IMAP server such as Gmail, and export it regularly from your mail application (Outlook etc.).

Rule number 2: Backup your data regularly: 

You get the picture…!?

Rule number 3: Think before you click, and about where you surf. Porn and IRC sites can be hazardous!

If you find yourself in the worst case scenario with a corrupt Operating System for any reason, you will have to re-install the OS – a time consuming process!

However, if you have all your data saved you can at least replace what is important to you after your system is functional. Obviously, you will need the original install CDs to hand, or with most modern laptops the OS can be restored to the factory default from a partition on the hard drive – UNLESS that drive is damaged or corrupt of course.

Create a factory default install DVD from you r system if possible, if you didn't get an original install DVD separately as soon as you buy from new.

Partition the hard drive into a C: drive for the OS and a D: drive for Data if not already done, when you re-install. This way, any data you save on the D: drive will remain intact should you have to re-format then re-install the OS due to a corrupt C: drive for viral or corruption reasons. The D: drive will become accessible again when the OS is restored to the C: drive.

Copy this text and email it to your friends who are not so computer literate, or email them this link address.AntiVirus Links – Webscans and Downloads (some links may be old or revised by now – review/research recent AV software for yourself) – W32.Netsky@mm Removal Tool