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    A simple solution to malware, viruses, trojans

    75-92% of ALL Malware, Viruses, etc is stopped by using a Limited or Standard Account. By default we use an Administrator Account which allows us to make changes to our computers. It also allows malware to make changes to our computers. A Limited or Standard account SHUTS THE DOORS of our computers to any changes/infections that may come in. Use the Standard/Limited account most of the time, especially surfing the web, then when you need to install a program or make changes, switch over to Administrator account to make the changes, then switch user back to Limited/Standard for best protection. This is simple and it works!!

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/standard...ews-18326.html

    How to create a Standard or Limited User Account

    XP - https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/f...ts/factsheet_3
    Win 7 - http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/fa...s/factsheet_28
    Win 8 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...-in-windows-8/

    How to IMPROVE on the Standard/Limited Account to make it even more secure. There are two methods, the 2nd one is easier but both stop more malware than the basic SA/LA.
    http://www.mechbgon.com/srp/
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    83.4% of all statistics are made up.

    The use of a limited account for everyday computing is very sensible.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul you can roll your eyes however you want but the percentages came from Avecto, an enterprise security firm and Leo Laporte, the Tech Guy and security expert Steve Gibson who stated they thought 75% protection. I'm surfing everyday on my Limited account and I don't even notice it. In fact my computer is quicker, snappier using it. With an administrator account the computer is wide open to changes and with a Limited account, you close the doors on changes. I'd say it's not only sensible, but a necessity.

    Avecto article and report
    http://www.avecto.com/news-events/pr...lnerabilities/

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    It was meant to be a joke.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul T: I thought it was funny. Obviously, skp14 doesn't have much of a sense of humor.

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    The smiley face should have been a clue, plus the general agreement with your suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skp14 View Post
    75-92% of ALL Malware, Viruses, etc is stopped by using a Limited or Standard Account. By default we use an Administrator Account which allows us to make changes to our computers. It also allows malware to make changes to our computers. A Limited or Standard account SHUTS THE DOORS of our computers to any changes/infections that may come in. Use the Standard/Limited account most of the time, especially surfing the web, then when you need to install a program or make changes, switch over to Administrator account to make the changes, then switch user back to Limited/Standard for best protection. This is simple and it works!!

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/standard...ews-18326.html
    Then does that also mean that all updates from Microsoft, and fixes to the security software or updates to other programs that are sent out just don't get installed? ...or do they rest there until we choose to install them later after switching back to 'administrator'.??

    Aren't some of these viruses and malware hidden in such a manner that we might still accidently install them??

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    Paul,

    Statistics show 85% of forum users west of the Mississippi don't get a joke unless it involves a pickup truck in the subject line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beiland View Post
    Then does that also mean that all updates from Microsoft, and fixes to the security software or updates to other programs that are sent out just don't get installed? ...or do they rest there until we choose to install them later after switching back to 'administrator'.??
    On Windows 7, for example, look at Control Panel -> Windows Update -> Settings for
    "Choose how Windows can install updates"
    [ ] Allow all users to install updates on this computer
    (that's a tick box!)
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    As long as we're joking....
    Statistically, 85% of Windows XP users suffer from some form of senile dementia and are thus incapable of upgrading.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Who's joking?
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    Even if under admin user mode, we seldom need admin rights while surfing. Lower your admin rights to limited user rights on the browser(s). It will increase security further under admin mode.
    For those refuse to use limited user mode and keep the admin user mode, this helps security too.

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    Interesting and useful advice (plus some free humour: Many thanks!!). Such are the advantages of being a Lounge Member!
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgercee View Post
    Paul T: I thought it was funny. Obviously, skp14 doesn't have much of a sense of humor.
    Who cares what sense of humor I have (I got plenty) when I post something that shows people HOW TO EASILY STOP up to 96% of viruses, malware, junkware on their personal computers? I don't consider it a matter that should be looked over casually. In today's malware-ridden environment that can cripple a computer in a second, I think it's VITAL EASY PROTECTION that people do this. Also out of my whole post - lack of humor is all you get out of it? Whoopee-do!

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    Oh lighten up Skippy..
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