Malware/Malicious Ads/Rogue Preventions
Avoiding Malware/Malicious/Rogue Products and Websites:
Before visiting a website, or downloading, installing and purchasing a product, it is a good idea to determine if the product is not marked as rogue or if the website is not distributor of known rogue products. Also, it is best to alerted if the website or link is safe to visit or click.
You can use below tools or services to help prevent malware, malicious ads and rogue software:
1. OpenDNS - No software is required to use OpenDNS. This service is free to all users. Simply enter the following DNS servers in your router or internet connection settings to start using OpenDNS:
You can create a free Opendns account to configure the filters (to block adware, rogue spyware, phishing, other bad sites or to allow it to auto-correct misspelled website, or enter your home network so all computers in your home network or business network will use OpenDNS and will be protected from the spyware, rogue, phishing etc)
2. HOSTS File - replacing the default HOSTS file in Windows will help in stopping the communication with websites that is known to install or inject malware or parasites.
- MVPS Hosts
- Malware Domains
- Peter's Adblocking
NOTE: Location of HOSTS file and where to add it - please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_file#Location_and_default_content
3. Browser add-ons:
-- Adblock Plus - blocks ads and malicious sites (to block malware or malicious sites, please subscribe to malware domains)
-- Web of Trust (WOT)
-- Firetrust SiteHound
-- McAfee SiteAdvisor
5. SpywareBlaster and Spybot-S&D Immunization. Use the immunization function to prevent known bad site and activex in installing.
6. SpywareGuard - use this software's real-time protection to prevent known bad site and software in downloading.
7. Default browser security protection - IE, Firefox, Opera and some other browser offers anti-phishing and anti-malware prevention. Please enable this option in the browser settings.
8. Always UPDATE your system by installing the latest patches and security updates. Also, update your anti-malware scanners.
To manually check or search if the site is bad or malicious, use the following services or tools:
1. hpHOSTS online
3. MVPS Hosts Text file
4. Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Guides
5. Malwarebytes New Rogue Threats
6. Bharath's Security Blog
7. Spyware Warriors List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites. NOTE: This is not updated anymore but still useful to check if the site or software is rogue or have record as being 'rogue' (will help you decide)
8. Malware Domains Text File
If you are still unsure whether the site or software is safe, please ask in forums by creating a new topic.
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