Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Download

Posted by softwareguru on July 24, 2014

James asks…

How often is necessary to update antivirus software?

I have an Internet Security Suite (anti-virus, antispyware, anti-hacker, etc) installed onto my PC at home. It can be set to automatically receive updates every 4 hours, but is that really necessary? I just do regular email, surf the internet, and occasionally make purchases or pay bills online so it’s not as if I’m doing anything incredibly high-tech.

Is 4 hours too much or should I set it so I manually update it, something like every other day? Or how often should I have the Suite updated?

softwareguru answers:

Basically it is whatever you prefer but every 4 hours might be somewhat excessive, especially if it immediately runs a full system scan when updates are downloaded which can cause your computer to slow down significantly.

Once a day should be sufficient. Check your automatic update settings, you should be able to change it from every 4 hours to once a day or when you first log in. You may also want to time any system scans to take place while the computer is running but unattended (such as when you sit down for your dinner).

Linda asks…

How do I stop from being redirected to other websites?

I am posting this question again because none of the answers I received before worked. I have tried downloading malware bytes and super anti spyware and running in safe mode as suggested in one of the other answers but it still does it. I got a virus so I had to totally clean my system but this problem doesn’t seem to stop.

softwareguru answers:

Stop Address Bar Search Redirects
Step 1
Find out if your IP address is static or dynamic. A static IP address is one where your IP address stays the same all the time; if your IP address in dynamic, then it is changed by your ISP every time you get on the Internet. Most IP addresses are dynamic now. You can figure out what type of ISP address you have by first opening a DOS window. To open a DOS window click on “Start,” and then click on “Accessories” and select “Command Prompt.” Then type in ipconfig /all at the prompt. Scan the response, and you should see a line that says “DHCP Enabled,” if it has “Yes” after it, then your IP address is dynamic.

Step 2
Go to the website OpenDNS.com, and sign up for a free account.

Step 3
Go to opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_tech/#faq_87 and download the software under the section “Dynamic IP address update frequency.” This software will keep OpenDNS apprised each time your dynamic IP address changes. If your IP address is static, then you can skip downloading this software.

Step 4
Go to opendns.com/dashboard/signin, and log in to your OpenDNS account.

Step 5
Select “Networks,” and then type in your ISP address, and then click on “Add This Network.” You can find your IP address whether dynamic or static in the upper right-hand corner of the the OpenDNS website.

Step 6
Go back to the OpenDNS dashboard and select “Settings” and then “Advanced Settings.” Then under “Domain Typos,” unselect “Enable typo correction.” Finally, click on “Apply,” and this will apply your changes. You should now see the standard message of not being able to find the web address rather than being redirected to a search engine page of possibilities that might be what you are looking for.

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