04 Mar 2014

Your Secondary Line of Defense Against Online Malware Attacks

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Free Malwarebytes Installation for Extra Layers of Protection

virus.green180You go online every day. You research, shop and work knowing that you put yourself at risk each time. You have antivirus software so of course you are protected…..well, not necessarily. Today’s viruses are anything but tame – they are bigger, badder and more robust than ever. They even know how to get past your antivirus software, which means that they can get to you.

These days installing a secondary line of defense is necessary in order protect yourself from online attacks. There are programs out there designed to work in conjunction with your current antivirus, giving you double the protection. These programs locate malicious malware that your antivirus misses by working alone.  You can use a variety of available programs to keep your computer free of malware and file clutter. This month we will show you how to maintain your second layer of defense by installing Malwarebytes Free Anti-Malware program.

NOTE: Make sure that when you download the software the address matches the web addresses listed below. There are sites that will mimic or clone websites in order to get you to download malicious software. Review Malware Masquerading as Update Pop-Ups or Web Pages, if you have any questions.

Installing Malwarebytes

To install your free version of Malwarebytes go to their website at www.malwarebytes.org and install the “Free Version Download”. When prompted, click Download Now.

Mal1Next, you will be prompted with the Open File – Security Warning box. To install the program, click Run.Mal2Continue to click Next to follow the steps of the Setup – Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Wizard. Click Install to complete the installation process.Mal3Once complete, click Finish to exit the setup process.Mal4Once you have installed Malwarebytes, you can run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the icon Mal5on your desktop or in your start menu.

Running a Scan Using Malwarebytes

To perform a scan, you will first need to choose which scan you would like to run. Choose the option to Perform Full Scan, then click Scan to run.  Next, in the Full Scan box, choose the drives to scan – you should choose all local drives (for most people this will only be your C:\ drive) and click Scan.

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Once Malwarebytes has finished scanning, if it has found any malicious files, the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware box will prompt you to click OK to ‘Show Results’; click Show Results to proceed.Mal7Next. the screen will show you the infections that Malwarebytes has found. Right click, on one of the infections and choose Check all items, then click the Remove Selected button. Once completed the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware box may tell you to restart your system in order to remove all active threats. If needed, click Yes, but ONLY after saving and closing any files that are open.Mal 8

That’s it, you have completed your first Malwarebytes scan and are now on your way to becoming safer online. To keep yourself even more secure, one additional step is necessary – cleaning out corrupted files. In order to make sure all traces of malicious malware have been removed, a cleaning program is recommended. Next month we will show you how to add in this final layer of protection while optimizing your system’s performance by removing unused and potentially corrupted files – all with another easy to use free service.

If you have any questions about how to protect your computer from viruses or simple clean up steps, please contact the hardware team in the BMS Support Center via email or call 800-634-7734 ext. 6.

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