More on antivirus

Hi Christine,

Here's another installation in the 'how to keep your compurter virus-free' series. I'm thinking of posting it on my web site, so would appreciate any feedback.

You have three anti-malware products on your computer:
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • SpywareBlaster
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Prevention is better than a cure

While MS Security Essentials provides the basic all-round protection for your computer, SpywareBlaster adds a layer of passive protection. All you need to do is to update is once a month or so, and here's how to do it:
  1. Start SpywareBlaster
  2. Click on the 'Updates' section on the left then the [Check for Updates] buttonCheck for updates
  3. Click 'Enable Protection for All Unprotected Items', and click [OK]Enable Protection
  4. Quit the program.

On Demand Scanning

Green MSSE in system trayMost of the time, you only need to keep an eye on the icon of Microsoft security Essentials to ensure it's green. If it isn't, you obviously need to take action (see Using Microsoft Security Essentials for details). However, there are times when you should proactively scan the disc for for viruses.

The most obvious time to do this is when a you find your computer is infected, either because a warning message has come up, or because there is something else which leads you to think so. The first thing to do is to scan the computer in Microsoft Security Essentials, as explained in the above article. Additionally, it would be good to scan the system with the Malwarebytes product, as follows:

Start Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from the start menu (it should be listed under 'Programs' or 'All Programs')
Update it by clicking the 'Update' tab and clicking the  [Check for Updates] button (see screenshot)

Go back to the 'Scanner' tab and click [Scan].
Wait, this will probably take a long time, up to a few hours if your hard disc is very full.

If you download or receive a file (or a set of files) from a source where you think there's even the slightest chance might have viruses, you should scan the files. Simply RIGHT-Click on the files, folder or disc in 'My Computer' and choose 'Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials...', as shown in the screenshot below.

If you anti-virus has not been updated for a long time, perhaps because of internet connectivity problems, you should scan the hard disc(s) as explained in the article above.

If you suspect that your have a virus, or had one removed


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