Trojans and virus infections are a major threat to Internet users. Once your system is infected, you may face far reaching consequences: From annoying system slowdowns, which may complicate your daily work and internet surfing, to stolen passwords or bankaccounts. The range of possible threats is near endless. You may even face malware that blackmail you, by encrypting or even irretrievably destroying your data.
The only protection is a PC-system that is kept up to date so that any existing loopholes and vulnerabilities in legacy software will be closed as much as possible. A complex task, especially for users who do not want to delve deeper with their PC, but understand it as a mere working tool.
Remedy comes from the saftey-campain “CHECK & SECURE”, a joint project of many reputable companies and media representatives.
On the website https://www.check-and-secure.com every interested user can do a security check for his PC by performing a free and easy three-step test.
First, the IP address of the visitor is checked for abnormalities. This test compares the IP address against a database of 700,000 known botnet IPs, which were known to be active in the past 15 minutes. This guarantees that the (usually dynamically assigned by the ISP) IP address is not mistakenly denounced by older entries as “harmful“.
In the second step, the web browser and add-ons used by it are checked, wthere they are up to date. By consistently updating those programs, a large part of all viral infections can already be prevented. In the optimal case, drive-by downloads which take advantage of exploits in these programs will be completely prevented.
The last step is a “vaccination” of the system, particularly offered against banking Trojan. This vaccination is done by downloading and installing the free software “HitmanPro.Alert“. This system monitors critical processes in Windows, and raises an alarm as soon as a Trojan attempts to manipulate them.
Conclusion: In a test with a brand new Torpig/Sinowal version (64-bit) the vaccine has successfully pushed the promised alarm.