If you take your PC to a computer shop to get a virus cleaned it can cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. Here is a link to the Geek Squad's page on virus cleanup's so you can get an idea of what prices they charge. Geek Squad Prices
This course is designed to give you the tools and strategies to surf safely online without the fear of getting a virus and all of the negative consequences that can stem from getting a malware infection. The steps detailed in this course will equip you with the ability to explore the online world confidently knowing that your system is protected and your files will be safe and secure.
Most people will purchase an anti-virus program with their new PC and think that they are protected from online hazards, but unfortunately that is far from the truth.
I have worked on thousands of PC's in my day to day work infected by malware and they were "protected" by pretty much every brand of AV software available. Nothing will give you 100 percent protection but the methods I go over in this course give you a level of protection and security well beyond what the average user is aware of.
Here is a link to a recent article form PCWorld that highlights the current threat from viruses. PCWorld Article
By following the steps in this course you can avoid the hassle of getting a virus then having to pay possibly hundreds of dollars to get it removed. Join over 850 students currently taking the course.
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A Great Course - Many Methods
This has been a very comprehensive course, even for an old dog like myself. Runs at a good pace so it's easy to follow and use the methods along the way. - Norm Gray
Good presentation of much needed information
This was a well thought out and presented overview of what to do to protect your computer. Every computer user needs to know this info. I would highly recommend this to everyone who uses the internet. - Jodi Smith
This lecture gives an overview of this section and details the typical methods peole use for protection against malware.
This lecture demonstrates how to install antivirus and antimalware applications.
This lecture demonstrates how to use the antimalware applications that were installed in the previous lecture.
This lecture demonstrates how to setup a Windows limited user account to help prevent a child from inadvertently installing a piece of malware.
This lecture details the OpenDNS service and demonstrates how it is used as an online content filter for your family.
This lecture gives a quick overview of this section on backing up your PC.
This lecture details how to setup a local and online backup for your PC.
This lecture demonstrates how to create a sytem image backup using a free application called Macrium Reflect.
This lecture gives a quick overview of this section which deals wth setting up a virtual machine to help isolate your system while surfing the web.
This lecture demonstrates how to download and install VirtualBox, which is a free application for creating and managing virtual machines.
This lecture goes into detail on how to setup a VM in VirtualBox that is configured correctly so that Linux Mint can be installed on it.
This lecture demonstrates how to install the Linux MInt Operating System in the VM we just created in the last lecture.
This lecture goes into further detail on how to tweak the VM settings and also demonstares how to use the Linux Mint operating system.
This lecture deomonstrates how to make a backup of your virtual machine.
This lecture is a general demonstration of the usage of VirtualBox and surfing the web using Firefox from within the Linux VM.
This lecture gives a quick overview of this section which details how to create and use a bootable USB drive for your online activities.
This lecture demonstrates how to create a bootable USB flash drive so that you can surf the web using a version of WIndows XP running on the USB flash drive.
This lecture demonstrates how to create a bootable USB flash drive so that you can surf the web using a version of Linux Mint running on the flash drive.
This lecture is a quick overview describing how using a second PC for your online activites can help eliminate the chances of getting your main system infected.
This final lecture gives a quick synopsis of what was detailed in this course and what benefits can be gained by following its tips.
Avoid installing unwanted and unintended applications in the background.
Optional links to where you can puchase the Bootable Linux Mint USB Flash Drive from lecture 20 or the preconfigured Virtualbox VM on an USB Flash Drive from lesson 12.
My name is Eric and I've been a PC technician for the past 12 years. I have a full-time job in the IT field and spend 45 - 50 hours a week fixing the problems with people's PC's which include software and hardware issues. These problem's can vary from getting a virus infection on a personal laptop to a company having issues with their email server. In addition to my day job I also have many interests in various tech related fields that vary from Android phones to 3D graphics to video editing to application development. I am an A+ certified tech and also have an Associates degree in Computer Science.
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