It’s all about protection…

Last week, while helping a friend online find a decent malware scanner, my laptop was bombarded by popups.  Yep, I was under “malware attack”.  After the initial shock, I wanted to blame someone.  My “significant other” was a handy culprit….so….

Once I calmed down, I began the process of halting the attack.  Here’s the process I followed…

First step: I disconnected my laptop from the internet.  On the machine under attack, I was using Windows 10 Preview Edition, so I simply double-clicked on the internet icon located on my task bar (the task bar is that bar often located at the bottom of your Windows Desktop Screen; the internet icon is located on the right, next to the time/date info).

Second step: Since I was using my laptop at the time of the attack, I assumed that any malware invading my computer occurred within the previous 24 hours (probably a Trojan horse waiting to be activated).  So, using my Control Panel, I navigated to Programs and Features .  In Programs and Features, I used the “Installed On” column, filtered to the appropriate date/period and began my search for unwanted software applications.  Once I saw that it was the “Conduit” malware virus I took immediate action.

Step three: Conduit virus/malware is sometime difficult to remove.  I like to take the easiest/cleanest method for dealing with this pesky malware.  I first run “System Restore”.  System Restore is one of those under appreciated utilities found in Windows; but it is a very powerful tool in the war against malware.  There are a few options with System Restore; namely to use the most recent restore point, choose a different restore point and finally you have the ability to create your own restore point.  The last option, don’t use unless you are skilled at computer repair.  Me, I was going for the easy fix, so I took option two and rolled my laptop back a few days.  Crossing my fingers I waited for Windows to do the work…basically remove unwanted applications from my computer and clean up my Registry a bit…

All I can say…success…this time.   With a smile of relief spreading across my face, I boldly reconnected to the internet….

And this leads to my next Post (tomorrow) where I again go over the best methods to protect your computer from viruses….Until tomorrow…

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