Help Keep Children
Activities Safe Online Parental User
We found some pages with help about
Parental Controls which can help
keep children safe while online. To use
these features, you need to set up user
accounts, plus we have links with
instructions on how to set up Parental
Controls and activity reports for both
Windows Vista and XP.
From Parental Controls panel, review easy
read activity reports that show how much
your children have been using the
computer. Monitoring your children's
computer behavior helps make it easy for
you to keep track of what they are seeing,
hearing, and doing, and also enables you
to refine and modify parental controls
based on actual feedback. View sample
pictures and description.
Vista Features Parental Controls
In Windows XP and Vista, a user account is a
collection of information that tells
Windows what files and folders you can
access, what changes you can make to the
computer, and your personal preferences,
such as your desktop background or color
User accounts make it so that you can
share a computer with several people, but
still have your own files and settings.
Each person accesses their user account
with a user name and password.
Administrator accounts are the default
type of account for Windows XP.
What's the difference between
Administrator and Limited User accounts?
An Administrator account is an account
that lets you make changes that will
affect other users, such as changing
security settings. You can access all the
files on the computer from an
A Limited User account lets you use most
of the capabilities of the computer, but
only an Administrator can make changes
that affect other users.
Applies Vista WinXP.
How to add user accounts and view
XP display pictures
XP User Setup Help
Paper offers Windows Vista help for
securing your machine, Word
Comcast Free Norton Antivirus Bloated
Comcast replaces free McAfee Antivirus
with new Norton 360 version 4.0
by Mike Wells pcminds
The problem with Norton version 4.0, a replacement for McAfee is, it is one
huge resource hog. If you don't have at least 2GB of memory on your
computer, you will probably find that it will slow your computer down
enormously. The install I did on a persons computer went smooth and easy. If you are someone who likes to
tweak around and do periodic maintenance
tasks yourself, Norton has lots of stuff it can do for you. But if you have insufficient memory to handle this
program, you will have to disable many
of the added features. If you don't know how to do this yourself, then
you will probably need Support to help, or uninstall Norton and use
Too Much Unnecessary Stuff:
The antivirus, spyware remover and firewall are all that you need.
You can basically turn the rest of the bloated program off. Unneeded Add
ons - Norton has phishing, safe site detection, but if you have Firefox or
Internet Explorer, you already have these features, and they are
turned on by default. You don't need Norton. Norton has a registry cleaner!
Another memory hog. There
are registry cleaner programs specifically designed to do this, which are
superior. Use them. If you are not experienced, do not use anything.
Messing with the registry can cause your computer to stop working
correctly. Norton has a defragmenter program for your hard drive and
by default the setting is "on," which takes up extra memory. Windows has a defragmenter
program already, which can be used when you want and not automatically
scheduled to run. Turn off Norton. Norton has antispam detection which
has default set to "ön"... Turn Norton off to save more memory and
computer performance. If you use remote email, you have a spam, junk
filter usually included. Comcast, Hotmail, Yahoo, and more all
have filters. If you use Outlook or other, you should have this feature,
or download a less memory consuming freebie.
Norton has "add on" Toolbar with features you don't need. Toolbars use
lots of memory, especially if you already have one installed. On Internet
Explorer, find "Tools" up top, click, find "manage add ons," then click and
uncheck Norton. Toolbar removed. Norton has a feature which
lists all programs on your computer and all running processes. Useful,
but Windows already has many system devices to monitor this. Turn
Norton off. Norton has a delete Temp file and Temporary files and cookies
cleaner. This is an antivirus program. Windows has all this stuff. Norton has System backup feature. Norton has
files clean up. Windows has this too. Norton has start up menu features
which turns off unnecessary programs running at start up. Windows has this.
Turn them "all" off. There are "many" more features Norton has thrown
in on this program that simply should not be included with an antivirus
program. It just eats up memory and slows your computer down. You need to go through
Norton and check the
settings, or get help. The McAfee Antivirus Comcast freebie, did not have all these
unneeded features. Easy install, moderate memory consumption. If you want
to do any of the maintenance tasks, find free
smaller individual programs. You use each
program when needed and turn it off when done. They don't stay on. Norton has all
these features, "packed in" and turned on all at once. It's like running
several maintenance programs all at the same time.
If you have enough memory, Norton, all bloated, will still work if you
don't turn off extra features. If your computer is sluggish however, then
use another antivirus program or turn the extra stuff off. Comcast should know
better and probably worked a cheaper deal with Norton, so they switched.
Normal Antivirus programs don't pack in all the waste and Comcast
should offer another option for customers. When uninstalling, Norton also can be one of the hardest antivirus
programs to remove, compared to other brand names. Hope this helped.
Internet Antivirus Security Help
We used an article for you from McAfee
Antivirus site and it offers many helpful
hints on avoiding viruses and help
protecting Internet users from not so fun
The article mentions Comcast who provides
online high speed Internet cable. Read the
article and then we have more useful
information for you.
From McAfee Antivirus Site Article
Tips More Secure Internet Experience
And Sync Magazine/Comcast Questions
What are the primary security concerns
that Internet users should be aware of?
Home users often do not maintain adequate
security protection on their PCs, which
makes them easy, lucrative targets for
hackers and other cyber-criminals. There
are several security concerns that Internet
users need to be aware of, all of which can
be avoided by installing up-to-date
Internet antivirus security software and
By accessing the Internet from an unsecured
PC, an Internet user is exposed to Spam,
viruses, Spyware, Adware, Trojans,
and dialers, and is therefore exposed to
serious issues such as identity theft and
the loss of valuable PC data including
photos, movies, music, resumes, family
information, antivirus and other irreplaceable
The best way to protect your PC and
identity is to use up-to-date security
McAfee® Internet Security Suite, for
example, provides comprehensive,
multi-layered PC antivirus security against inbound
and outbound Internet threats. It protects
users from viruses, spyware, hackers,
unwanted emails, phishing scams, and
identity theft, all in one easy-to-install
antivirus and easy-to-manage product.
How does McAfee help prevent Comcast
customers’ personal information from being
stolen? The single best step to help
protect your PC and identity is to use
up-to-date PC antivirus security software. McAfee
Internet Security Suite provides
comprehensive, multi-layered PC security
against inbound and outbound Internet
It helps protect you from viruses, spyware,
hackers, unwanted emails, phishing scams,
Detect and blocks viruses before they infect your PC.
and blocks potentially unwanted programs (PUPs),
such as spyware and adware, before they can
retrieve your personal information or slow
monitors your broadband, dial-up, or
wireless Internet connection, preventing
unwanted traffic to and from your PC.
keep your inbox free from unwanted,
fraudulent, offensive, and phishing emails
that deceive users into providing personal
information to identity thieves.
identity by alerting you before personal
information is transmitted via an unsecured
How often should Comcast users check for
Comcast users need not check for updates,
as McAfee products are updated
automatically, on a daily basis.
FYI - This needs to be set up for
automatic or manual..
Beginners 50 Plus And Seniors:
Do you have any advice for people who want
to protect themselves when paying bills
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission offers
the following list of tips to help ensure
that your online shopping experience is a
Use a secure browser that complies with
industry security standards, such as Secure
Sockets Layer (SSL). These standards
scramble the purchase information you send
over the Internet, helping to secure your
transaction Shop with companies you know.
Anyone can set up shop online under almost
any name If you’re not familiar with a
merchant, ask for a paper catalog or
brochure to get a better idea of their
merchandise and services. Also, determine
the company’s refund and return policies
before you place your order. These should
be posted on the company’s web site Keep
your password(s) private. Be creative when
you establish a password, and never give it
to anyone. Avoid using a telephone number,
birth date or a portion of your Social
Security number. Instead, use a combination
of numbers, letters, and symbols Pay by
credit or charge card.
If you pay by credit or charge card online,
your transaction will be protected by the
Fair Credit Billing Act. Under this law,
you have the right to dispute charges under
certain circumstances and temporarily
withhold payment while the creditor is
investigating them. In the event of
unauthorized use of your credit or charge
card, you generally would be held liable
only for the first $50 in charges. Some
companies offer an online shopping
guarantee that ensures you will not be held
responsible for any unauthorized charges
made online, and some cards may provide
additional warranty, return, and/or
purchase protection benefits Keep a record.
Be sure to print a copy of your purchase
order and confirmation number for your
records. Also, you should know that the
Mail and Telephone Order Merchandise Rule
covers online orders.
Many companies explain their security
procedures on their web site. If you don’t
see a security description, call or email
the company and ask.
Do you have any other tips for Comcast
customers who want to protect themselves
Here are several tips to protect your
Be smart when using instant messaging (IM)
programs. If you use an IM program to
communicate with friends and family, be
careful about sending any personal
information. Protect yourself by using a
nickname for your IM screen name. Never
accept strangers into your IM groups. Be
smart about how you use IM at work because
your employer may have the right to monitor
and view your messages Watch out for
What Are Phishing Scams - fraud email
and web sites, masquerade as legitimate
businesses, to lure unsuspecting users into
revealing private account or login
information. Even if you have PC security,
you still might visit a malicious web site
without knowing it. Legitimate businesses
will never ask you to update your personal
information via email.
Always verify web addresses before
submitting your personal information Use
email wisely. Email is a great way to keep
in touch with friends and family. Even if
you have good security software on your PC,
your friends and family might not have the
right protection. Be careful about what
information you submit via email. Never
send your credit card information, Social
Security number, and other private
information via email Create smart and
strong passwords. Make it difficult for
hackers to crack your password.
You can create a smart password by
incorporating capital letters, numbers, and
special characters, and by using more than
An example of a strong
password is: Go1dM!n3 Shop safely.
online stores have the right protection for
you to purchase online.
But shop safely!
Vista and XP
Internet Explorer provides a Phishing
Filter and it should be located top
near right corner. Look for "Views"
and click arrow for menu and find "Phishing
Filter" which can help with "Phishing
scams." Sometimes email filters can
help with this problem, but not always,
so be careful.
Email Links And Viruses
An email "link" or "attachment"
from an questionable sender might
release viruses into your computer and
do lots of damage. A link is not always
obvious or a different color and it does
not have to be text. When you move your
mouse arrow around an email, if it turns
into a hand on any "text" or "picture,"
then you are on a link. Click a link and
you may be taken to place where a virus
is released. Also watch for "photo"
A mouse arrow also turns into a hand
when placed on an attachment. Email
attachments are usually located near
bottom of email. The email has a message
and will try and get to, Open the
Attachment. Some attachments will be
a file with an extension .exe
which means execute and clicking on that
might be a virus or worm.
Something not very nice. If you are not
sure, do not click, just delete the
email. Check and see if your email
provider has an email virus scanner.
Stay Safe Online provides free and
non-technical cyber security and safety
resources to the public, so consumers,
small businesses and educators have the
know how to avoid cyber crime. This site
has all kinds of information on Phishing
and real examples of scams.
Internet games are fun for the whole
family. Make sure you are careful when
playing online games, especially when
chatting with other players. Be sure that
your security software still functions when
you are in game mode Pay attention to your
children’s online activities. Keep your
home computer in a community area and
invest in child safety for your PC that is
age appropriate. Limit your children’s time
spent online and install and use parental
controls software that allows you to
monitor your children’s online activity.
This will keep your children from accessing
undesirable web sites and sharing personal
information via online communications.
Always verify web addresses before
submitting your personal information.
People can protect themselves from phishing
scams by never clicking on questionable
links in emails and never transmitting
sensitive data to companies by email.
Mcafee Find New Virus Information
McAfee has a free SiteAdvisor which
you download to your Browser, IE or other.
It tells you security information on
Internet Sites. For example, if safe to
download or warns you about known and
potential fraud scam web sites.
Safety help security risks online and in
Malware is software designed to infiltrate
or damage a computer system without any
owner informed consent and malicious
software program code. Learn More
Spyware Firewall Malware
What Is A Firewall?
A firewall prevents computers on a network
from communicating directly with external
computer systems. A firewall typically
consists of a computer that acts as a
barrier through which all information
passing between the networks and the
external systems must travel. The firewall
software analyzes information passing
between the two and rejects it if it does
not conform to pre-configured rules.
Why do I need a firewall?
The Internet has revolutionized the way we
communicate, shop, and bank, making it
easier for users to reach out to any
website or individual PC, at any time. Each
unprotected connection, whether to or from
the Internet, leaves your PC vulnerable to
Whether you are on a home network,
broadband or dial-up connection, or simply
enjoying a hotspot, a firewall helps ensure
your personal files and information are not
How does a firewall work?
A firewall filters and routes incoming
traffic and makes outgoing requests (to the
Internet, for example) on behalf of local
workstations. A good firewall has complete
inbound and outbound security,
automatically trusting known good
applications and blocking spyware, Trojans,
and key loggers.
Copyright © 2003-2008 McAfee, Inc. All
Use this McAfee link and watch informative
short security videos.
Video from McAfee Site Advisor for free and
more helpful information.
Beginners 50 plus, seniors should ask
experienced user for help..
Usually before you can install new
antivirus software, you need to uninstall
any existing security software program in
your computer. Beginners may require help
with any program removal and to identify
the brand name, if any security software
currently installed. Most should uninstall
fairly easy and may use an Uninstall Wizard
to help. Sometimes Symantec, Norton,
security software may require extra help.
If there is a problem with uninstall use
this tool and link.
Spyware is a program installed on
your computer, with or without your
permission that can change system
configurations, monitor your Internet
activity and broadcast the information back
to an outside party, often advertisers. The
milder forms of spyware are simply
annoying, with increased spam and unwanted
pop-ups; these are known as adware. Malware
refers to more malicious programs that can
rob your PC of its ability to run
efficiently. The newer, more advanced forms
can actually steal personal information
like bank passwords or credit card numbers.
Once installed, the spyware monitors user
activity on the Internet and transmits that
information in the background to someone
else. Occasionally, spyware authors will
pay shareware creators to wrap-in spyware
with their software.
If you really want to learn all about
spyware view link
Lavasoft Spyware Education Glossary
What Are Cookies ?
A piece of data that a website -- or a third
party that was commissioned or approved by the
website -- saves on users' hard drives and
retrieves when the users revisit that site.
Some cookies may use a unique identifier that
links to information such as login or
registration data, online 'shopping cart'
selections, user preferences, websites a user
Tracking Cookie is any Cookie used for
tracking users' surfing habits. Tracking
Cookies are a form of Tracking Technology.
They are typically used by advertisers wishing
to analyze and manage advertising data, but
they may be used to profile and track user
activity more closely. However, tracking
cookies are simply a text file, and a record
of visits or activity with a single website or
its affiliated sites.
(or Keystroke Logger) Tracking Software that
records keyboard and/or mouse activity.
Keyloggers typically either store the recorded
keystrokes for later retrieval or they
transmit them to the remote process or person
employing the keylogger. While there are some
legitimate uses of keyloggers, but they are
often used maliciously by attackers to
surreptitiously track behavior to perform
unwanted or unauthorized actions included but
not limited to identity theft.
A database integrated into certain operating
systems which store information, including
user preferences, settings and license
information, about hardware and software
installed on a user's computer.
The individual entries in the Registry. The
value of the keys is changed every time a new
program is installed or configuration settings
are modified. Spyware often changes registry
key values in order to take control of parts
of the system. These changes can impair the
regular function of the computer.
Spyware is becoming more sophisticated
and many applications are designed to
spread themselves out on your PC, making it
more difficult to wipe them out completely.
Summary from Lavasoft site.
Free Adaware Spyware Remover.
We chosee this site to learn about Spyware,
because they offer both a paid and free
Spyware Blocker and are one of the more
popular Spyware software sites. If you
Internet Service provider does not offer
free Spyware protection then free download
here would be useful.
Click on one of the links above provided
and Top find "Products"...
Click products and drop down menu
Click on Adaware Free and on new
page click download.
* Beginners 50 plus, seniors, might be wise
to get experienced user to help install and
then help with instructions on how to use
Adaware Free 2008.
There are paid versions too here so ask
your helper to compare.
PCTools AntiVirus Free Edition
Free Spyware Malware Remover download and
For reviews and downloads of many popular
Security Software CNet link:
Download Firewall Antivirus Spyware
Spyware, antivirus, spam filters programs can
be hard to learn even for experienced users.
If you have a program that has received good
reviews and feel is easy to use then
some of the more complicated ones, please help
by letting us know.
If you live in within say fifty miles of DC
please let us know if you like or dislike your
current Internet Provider, including the online
experience, price, phone support, for dial up
dsl cable or other. Please email us a short
review maybe 100 to 150 words.
Help us help
Search Engines Explained And Security
Free Or Pay Stuff
During classes we found many people who had home computers and Internet service where unaware that many Dial Up, DSL, Cable and other services, include free antivirus software,
firewall, spyware removers, spam filters and more!!
Plus email too!
Many Beginners for some reason, were using Hotmail, Yahoo and other free email services. If you have no computer at home
that's fine. If you have home computer with an Internet
Provider, use their email! It is probably better.. Less users, less ads and should have email spam filters, email attachment virus scan, and more features. Plus you can have
several email addresses.
Ask before you pay.
*Remember to update
Antivirus, Spyware, Firewall often.
Why update so much?
Internet Security companies have a database of
cures for viruses and spyware that were
created in the past. But when some nice person
releases a brand new virus or spyware,
security software companies then work to find
a cure for the new problem. If a cure has been
added to the database 48 hours ago and you
haven't updated your software for over a week,
then your computer will not be protected.
*Update Windows for
*Plus new security software is needs
more memory these days.
If you don't have at
least 1024 mb of RAM, you might want to ad
more if you notice the computer is running
Beginners 50 plus specifically, read
information here use link:
Comcast customers still are provided with
free anti-virus, firewall, and spyware,
protection for free when using Comcast
Internet service. Please verify this if you
are interested in using this company
because sometimes deals expire after a
Verizon DSL also gives free
antivirus and firewall when you use their
high speed Internet and sign up for MSN
package, or yahoo, again verify.
dial up, uses Mcafee Antivirus protection,
spyware and firewall may be different
companies, please verify. Other Internet
Service Providers may offer free Security
software too. Before you subscribe to any
Provider, ask if they include any. Also,
ask companies who include free software,
how long it is free.
Free software is nice.
There are many other reliable antivirus
software companies and basically it is who
you talk to as to who is considered the
best. Ask a friends opinion. Security
software prices are competitive between the
IE Cookies View Download:
IE Cookies View Free Here
Pros: It downloads in a zipped folder then you
have to open the zipped folder, and double
click set up and click run. Now you have to
click file and installation options, and
choose show shortcut on desktop so you have
access to this program.
It shows the date when the cookies were
created, accessed, modified and expiration
date. And tells you if cookies are suspect, to
block suspect cookies. Check the boxes and
click edit go to cookie blocking options, and
block selected cookies. One more feature is
you can right click on any cookie, and it will
open that web site. And it also shows user
name and password, if you open and read the
Search Engines are used to help you find web sites. Two of the most popular search engines are Google and Yahoo.
Type google.com in rectangular box up top, to
Type in keyword(s) ...
The keywords tell google what exactly you would like to search for.
Suppose you want to find information about, "astronomy clubs." Type those words and
click on search button.
The "results" usually show up in a list of pages from web sites that match your search keywords. You should see
title which are in larger letters and then a
description as to what the main theme of the page or site is about.
Click on the top title link, you will be
connected to site. After you become more
familiar with basic searches such as this, learn how to do a more
efficient and specific keyword searches, because the amount of information that these search engines provide can be overwhelming. By narrowing your search to a specific "keyword phrase," you can find sites which will meet your needs much more quickly. We will teach how to do this in another lesson.
Many search engines display results
fairly quickly. But, not necessarily in
same order or same sites. Search Engines
use specific methods and reasons when they
display sites. Type the same keywords in
various search engines and notice how they
display results differently. Each Engine's
Site list may be different in Site names
and in order shown. If you don't find the information you want
try different keywords.
Microsoft Search Engine Tips
site map here