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Defeat Viruses! Protection and Prevention Strategies

A detailed strategy on how to eliminate the virus threat while enjoying the benefits of this increasingly online world.
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Created by Eric Eisenmann
Last updated 3/2014
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course you will be able to install and setup Antivirus and Antimalware programs.
You will be able to configure and implement a backup strategy.
You will be able to download, install, and setup the VirtualBox VM application.
You will be able to install Linux Mint into a VM in VirtualBox and confiure it.
You will learn how to surf the web safely using Linux running within a virtual machine.
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  • Windows PC
  • Basic PC Knowledge
  • Familiar with Online Basics

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.

The 5 Main Strategies are:

  • Typical precautions like antivirus and antimalware applications.
  • Multi-Tiered Backup Strategy
  • Virtual Machines for system isolation
  • Bootable USB Flash Drive for further system isolation
  • Setup secondary PC for online activites


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

Who is the target audience?
  • Frequent Web Surfers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 02:59:56
1 Lecture 02:56

A quick intro to the course.

Preview 02:56
What is a virus(Malware)?
1 Lecture 02:51

This lecture goes of the sections of the course in more detail and and describes what a virus is and why you want to avoid them as much as possible.

Preview 02:51
Typical ways to prevent malware and viruses
5 Lectures 40:30

This lecture gives an overview of this section and details the typical methods peole use for protection against malware.

Preview 01:34

This lecture demonstrates how to install antivirus and antimalware applications.

Preview 14:48

This lecture demonstrates how to use the antimalware applications that were installed in the previous lecture.

How to use antivrus and antimalware applications

This lecture demonstrates how to setup a Windows limited user account to help prevent a child from inadvertently installing a piece of malware.

Setup limited user account for your child

This lecture details the OpenDNS service and demonstrates how it is used as an online content filter for your family.

Use online content filters
Use a backup strategy to mitigate the impact of getting a virus
3 Lectures 21:48

This lecture gives a quick overview of this section on backing up your PC.

Backup strategy overview

This lecture details how to setup a local and online backup for your PC.

Use local and online backup

This lecture demonstrates how to create a sytem image backup using a free application called Macrium Reflect.

Create system image with Macrium Reflect
Use Virtual Machines to isolate your system
7 Lectures 01:23:28

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.

Virtual Machine Overview

This lecture demonstrates how to download and install VirtualBox, which is a free application for creating and managing virtual machines.

Download and install Virtualbox

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.

Setup virtualbox for Linux Mint installation

This lecture demonstrates how to install the Linux MInt Operating System in the VM we just created in the last lecture.

Install Linux Mint in a VM

This lecture goes into further detail on how to tweak the VM settings and also demonstares how to use the Linux Mint operating system.

Configure VM settings and configure for Linux Mint

This lecture deomonstrates how to make a backup of your virtual machine.

Backup your VM

This lecture is a general demonstration of the usage of VirtualBox and surfing the web using Firefox from within the Linux VM.

Virtual Machine use and demonstration
Boot from a USB Flash Drive running a Live OS
3 Lectures 19:12

This lecture gives a quick overview of this section which details how to create and use a bootable USB drive for your online activities.

Bootable USB Drive Overview

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.

Creat a bootable USB flash drive and surf the web using Hiren's Boot CD browser

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.

Create a bootable USB Flash Drive running Linux Mint
Install Linux on 2nd PC for web usage
2 Lectures 02:14

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.

Use a 2nd PC Overview

How to Install Linux on a PC
1 Lecture 00:47

This final lecture gives a quick synopsis of what was detailed in this course and what benefits can be gained by following its tips.

Bonus Lectures
2 Lectures 04:10

Avoid installing unwanted and unintended applications in the background.

Avoid Unwanted Installs

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.

Optional Purchase of Resources Detailed in this Course
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About the Instructor
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A+ cert. PC Tech.12+ yrs. exp., 2 Yr. Computer Sci. Degree

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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