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How to build a FREE Internet Security Suite. A Step by Step Guide to help you protect your computer and your family while surfing the net.   Page 4 of 4.

Question: What more is there? Is there no end to this?  Answer: Where is your sense of adventure? No pain - no gain.  :)

Yes, the end truly is near. We are almost at the point of becoming an obsessive compulsive, but we won't go THAT far!   :) We will soon cease trying to beat a dead horse.

Here are TWO more pieces of ancillary software you can ADD. They will make you even SAFER. They both require a little explanation.

The first suggestion is to create, or replace your existing HOSTS file with a GOOD one. Download it HERE and place it in your windows folder. If you don't know where it goes, "do a Google" and find the location by searchingh on "hots file."

When you type a URL, (or a sub-domain name), in to your browser window, or you click on a link, guess what happens? If you said: "My browser takes me there." WRONG! The first thing your browser does is to look on your hard drive to see if a hosts file exists. This file lists all the sub-domain, (our sub-domain name is www.antivirusyellowpages.com), names that are BAD, and also those you regularly use, like your bank, i.e. your 
"Favorites." If the sub-domain is good, the browser goes there; if its bad, it does not. Neat, huh?

"By using the hosts file function, built into your computer, you will be able to block advertising sites (or any other site you wish) without the need for any extra programs. This will cut down on memory and processor usage, which will free up your resources for other tasks."

"By placing sites into your Hosts file with their correct addresses, your computer does not need to ask another computer where to find a site. This can significantly speed up your surfing experience because your computer will go straight to that site instead of having to ask directions. Also, by keeping ads from being loaded using the blocking technique in the Hosts file, web pages will be viewable much more quickly since they won't have to load a lot of fancy graphics."

Here is a different link; one that will give you additional information on hosts files. You can edit a Hosts file using a text editor like Notepad and add your own entries to stop more bad guys.

Definitions
It's important to differentiate between what is meant by a domain name and a sub-domain name. First, a domain name is what you buy (rent) from a domain name registrar. For instance, our domain name is antivirusyellowpages.com  A sub-domain is what is used by DNS Servers to convert to a numerical I.P. address. Our sub-domain name is:  www.
antivirusyellowpages.com  This is what some call a URL, but that's not quite correct. Our full URL is:  http://www.antivirusyellowpages.com

There is a caveat you should be aware of when using a hosts file.

Hosts File Caveat
large Hosts file may slow down web access as the large file is scanned. To prevent this, for sites you access frequently, like ours, and maybe your on-line bank,  <g>  you need to tell the Hosts file that these are "
Favorites," and to bypass a full file scan. To do this make a line entry just above the first blocked site in the file. This line should have the I.P. address and the sub-domain name of any site you frequent that you don't want slowed down. Create one line for each site.

Here is an example of a Hosts file speed-up entry:   207.44.232.71 www.antivirusyellowpages.com
This is the top line in our Hosts file. When it's encountered, by the browser, the scan stops. All you need do is find out the I.P. addresses of the sites you frequent often. Converters to give you an I.P. from a sub-domain name, and vice versa, are available on the net. If you don't already have a favorite for this task, try this link. To try it, enter our web sub-domain as we list it above in bold, on the right; you should get back the I.P. we show on the left above.

Software License Agreements
This second recommendation concerns software licenses. Have you ever downloaded freebie software and NOT read the  Software User License Agreement?  Ha ha. We thought so! You didn't, did you? Boring, huh? Yeah, right, it is because it was written by lawyers, or worse. This agreement that you commit to, by downloading the software, may ALLOW  the vendor to place Malware on your computer that could 'phone home.' Yep. Its true! Don't want to allow that? Really? Then READ the download agreement, Duh!  :) We have a little utility for you that will scan such agreements for you and pull out the BAD words, the words you may not like. Click on this link to look at it; its named EULAlyzer. Oh, did we mention, its also available on our Home Page  when you're ready.

CAUTION: If you use the FREE version of EULAlyzer mmentioned above, do NOT press the button on the lower left titled "EULA-Watch." Its for PRO version Users only. If you press it, it may freeze the free version of this program. Other than this one negative, the program works fine! You can test it by doing a search for "license.txt" or similar files on your computer.

Here is what our Level 3 Internet Security Suite looks like:

The Internet
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Your Dial-Up, DSL, or Cable Modem.
PC Modem
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Below is for DSL or Cable Modem Users ONLY.
NAT Router
Outbound Firewall
Dial-Up Users don't have a Router and a single firewall handles inbound & outbound.
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Antivirus Software
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Spybot - Search & Destroy
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Spyware Blaster
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Hosts File on your hard drive
EULAlyzer License Agreement Scanner

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A Simplified View Of Your PC.
A simplistic view of your computer, with a connection to the internet, that now has Level 3 protection.

Do you feel better now? You should. You're now one heck of a lot safer than you were back at the beginning. We've done a LOT, and you have to DO a lot to keep your protection up to date. Do it for your own peace of mind.

Can we do any MORE?

Ha ha. Glad you asked that, and the answer is still YES!

At the risk of trying to squeeze water out of a rock, or thumping the dead horse we mentioned earlier, we would suggest the FOLLOWING for even more internet security:

#1
Stop using Internet Explorer. Switch to a kinder and gentler browser, one that doesn't have as many holes as swiss cheese. Try Firefox instead; its less vulnerable and has more features than I.E.

#2
Dump your Outlook E-Mail client for the same reason as above. Switch to Mozilla Thunderbird. It's very similar to Outlook, so you won't have to re-learn a lot, and it has more features. Hackers won't be so likely to grab your address file and send junk e-mail to your friends.

#3
Use Google and find a program called Registry Clean Expert. It's not free, but a good thing to have. Its safe, and, unlike some, it tells you up front what its found that it thinks is bad, and asks your permission before doing anything. You can schedule it to check your Registry file every other day or so and keep it clean.

#4
Up-date your Ancillary Software EVERY single week. Do not let it get out of date, or it will slowly become useless. After up-dating, RUN each piece of software ONE at a time. Do NOT run these tools at the same time. After you're done running the ancillary utilities, use your antivirus software to do a COMPLETE scan of your hard drive.

#5
This last tip is for more experienced Users. If you're a newbie, ask a friend who knows more to help you. Keep your JRE, your Java Runtime Environment up to date. Take care to remove old versions.

Good luck! We sincerely hope we have helped you and that now you are a wizened netizen!

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