The following information and resources based on this sites user demographic. Overall objective: to provide computer security awareness, related tips and self-help technical resources.
Protect Your Computer from Malware (Video)
” Malware is short for “malicious software.” It includes viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer or mobile device without your consent. These programs can cause your device to crash and can be used to monitor and control your online activity. Learn more about how to avoid, detect, and get rid of malware. ” — http://www.onguardonline.gov/media/video-0056-protect-your-computer-malware
Wireless Security (Video)
” Steps to take to protect the wireless network in your home. ” — http://www.onguardonline.gov/media/video-0009-wireless-security
OUCH! Free, Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter
Cyber Security Tips
advice about common security issues for non-technical computer users.
Security info/tips for Microsoft Windows:
Security info/tips for MAC users:
FON Admin personal recommendations for ‘FREE’ do-it-yourself malware removal:
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Antivirus Live CD/DVD/USB’s
Why Live CD/DVD/USB anti-virus environments?
Most modern malware once it infects an operating system such as Windows will typically disable any security software product(s) installed, rendering them useless. Live anti-virus environments run above any installed operating system thus preventing malware from activating and/or circumvent detection and the removal process. While do-it-yourself malware removal can work favorably in most situations, I highly recommend contacting your local professional computer repair service for major problems, if malware persists or not comfortable with resolving technical issues yourself.
* FreakOutNation.com and the Author are not directly affiliated with any product(s) or service(s) listed. Use at own risk, consult with product/service documentation/FAQ. While I/We use these or similar products–professionally and personally with overall success, results are subject to many factors.
BitDefender Live Rescue CD:
* Download ISO ( current ): http://download.bitdefender.com/rescue_cd/
* General how to: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bitdefender-rescue-cd-removes-viruses-fails/
Kaspersky Rescue Disk: http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/rescuedisk/main?qid=208282173
F-Secure Rescue CD: http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal-tools ( click on ” Rescue CD ” tab )
Avira AntiVir Rescue System: http://www.avira.com/en/support-download-avira-antivir-rescue-system * General info: https://www.avira.com/en/downloads#tools
General do-it-yourself computer / hard drive repair CD/DVD/USB:
Parted Magic Live CD/USB: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=partedmagic * http://partedmagic.com
Gparted Live CD/USB: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
Clonezilla Live CD/USB: http://clonezilla.org
Ultimate Boot CD: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com
Spybot ( Free Windows version ): http://www.safer-networking.org/private/
Basic how to use live CD/DVD’s:
 download the Live CD/DVD ISO
 burn the ISO to CD/DVD [ how to ]
 insert CD/DVD, power on PC, Boot Live CD/DVD
* troubleshooting CD/DVD/USB booting: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/ht/bootcddvd.htm | https://www.pcworld.com/article/213263/boot_optical.html or see product documentation or computer manufacturer website [ list ]. On my HP Laptop pressing [ F9 ] after powering on displays Boot Menu, generic desktop [ F2 ], one or more servers required changing the boot order in the bios. Once you are able to figure out the boot process everything else is easy breezy.
 follow instructions once Live CD/DVD is up and running and/or consult with product documentation. The first three listed above provide user friendly graphical interfaces once loaded. If you are able to use standard desktop anti-virus products, you’ll have no problem with any of these. Having the computer connected to a wired Internet connection is required for updating virus definitions however, the live cd downloads are generally updated [ as of download date ].
https://security.web.cern.ch/security/training/en/awareness.shtml [ PDF ]
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