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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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 SmithWho is the target audience?
A quick intro to the course.Course Introduction 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.Course overview and What is a virus? 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.Typical prevention techniques overview Preview 01:34
This lecture demonstrates how to install antivirus and antimalware applications.Install antimalware and antivirus 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 08:55
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 07:46
This lecture details the OpenDNS service and demonstrates how it is used as an online content filter for your family.Use online content filters 07:27 + – 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 01:12
This lecture details how to setup a local and online backup for your PC.Use local and online backup 15:41
This lecture demonstrates how to create a sytem image backup using a free application called Macrium Reflect.Create system image with Macrium Reflect 04:55 + – 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 02:40
This lecture demonstrates how to download and install VirtualBox, which is a free application for creating and managing virtual machines.Download and install Virtualbox 07:52
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 16:30
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 19:31
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 10:02
This lecture deomonstrates how to make a backup of your virtual machine.Backup your VM 16:19
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 10:34 + – 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 01:10
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 09:12
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 08:50 + – 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 01:41 How to Install Linux on a PC 00:33 + – Conclusion 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.Conclusion 00:47 + – Bonus Lectures 2 Lectures 04:10
Avoid installing unwanted and unintended applications in the background.Avoid Unwanted Installs 04:10
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 2 pages
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