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We had a thunderstorm the other day and lightning struck somewhere nearby. I saw a spark shoot from my laptop and now it won't turn on. My desktop's internet hardware is broken. I had all equipment plugged into surge protectors with the exception of my modem and router, which I thought were connected to a surge protector. I wasn't on a wireless network. How do we protect ourselves from events like this besides checking to make sure no one's tampered with the surge protectors or going wireless? Are surge protectors a real safeguard?

I would recommend Mozy for backing up your computer but the jury is still out. My experience is that the backup takes FOREVER.

I have four CyberPower 1500 UPS's in my house. One for my home theater, two for my computers and one for my accessories like routers, switches, cable modems, etc etc. You should invest in a UPS.

As for Mozy, yes it is slow. Memopal is much faster, and you can tell it specifically to queue up files like mp3's last so that important documents and such get sent faster. A fast upstream will be required if you have a lot of data but really it's a set and forget type of thing, even if it takes 3-4 weeks to get your data to their server, once there, incremental updates should be near instant.

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Probably the best surge protector you can have is to install a surge protector with a ground on your house. You can have this installed through your electric company or have a electrician come out to install. Definitely worth the money.

If an electrician does the job you'll pay for his time plus the parts. If the electric company does the job then they'll probably install it for free and charge you a monthly fee of something like $5 a month.

If you are in an area that has allot of lightening strikes then you might consider having a ground array installed with the surge protector.

-Rich

fyi - All houses should already have a ground. Maybe there's an issue with the ground on your house. I'm not sure but I think the electric company can come and check it for free.

Also, speaking from experience about 15 years ago, your homeowners insurance will probably cover the replacement/repair cost to your damaged equipment.

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Hi guys,

If you live in an area where there is frequent lightning strikes ( here where I live in Florida -
alot!), you might want to look into replacing that $ 25-00 surge protector you bought at the
local hardware shop. Check this out http://www.zerosurge.com I know it seems expensive ( 2pt of profit) but well worth it.

It lets through no surge. Read up about the details of
how their product works compared to the usual sure protectors. Take it from a high voltage
electrical engineer - if you can afford it this might just be the way to go to get rid of surges.
I know I am getting one.....

my five and a half cents

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Mick

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Hi deltason, check out these UPS's.

Newegg.com - CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series GreenPower UPS CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS - UPS

Newegg.com - APC BR1500LCD 1500VA 865 Watts 8 Outlets BACK-UPS RS - UPS

UPS = Uninterruptible Power Supply

Whenever you have power glitches or outages it will allow your PC to continue running without shutting down. So when you have your PC, Monitor, Router, Cable Modem running through the UPS, you should never be disconnected from the internet if you lose power.

One thing that you need to be sure of is the wattage of your power supply. These are rated kinda high so if you have a 450 watt power supply then these will double your up time.

Plus if you noticed under specifications of the above UPS's that all outlets are surge protected.

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Got it. Thanks Rich.

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Wow, a subject near and dear to my heart. Let me try and give a complete answer.

First as background: I have 3 systems, 2 desktops, and a gaming level laptop. All three are configured to run all the same software. Aside from trading, I also have a home business, I run on these machines. It's a service business with 7 employees. I also am treasurer of my church which is also a fairly major undertaking. Since I use no paper, data safety is vital, as is keeping everything up and running.

As way of additional background, I do software beta testing, on security software, as well as disk imaging software. I am a moderater on a major security forrum and as time permits, test my security setup against real malware.

1. Power: I also run the zerosurge surge protectors and APC Backup-UPS RS 1500 UPS. I have one for each desktop, and the laptop on a third.

2. Security. I've long since abandoned AntiVirus and Antispyware solutions. The bog the system down, and the false positives can be as bad as malware. My Solution: First a program called Sandboxie. All my internet facing programs, namely browsers and and Outlook are run sandboxed. Sandboxie, allows me to specify what can run in the sandbox, what can access the internet, and also block off access to critical portions of the disk. This allows me the freedom to be able to open any attachments from clients, without worrying about harm to my systems. I additionally run Online Armor Firewall and HIPS(Host Intrustion Protection System). A Hips keeps programs that aren't authorized from running from doing so. Finally I run another HIPS Malware Defender as a backup. I have tested this setup, against some nasty malware, and it protects the system very well. Note I go well beyone this setup when I am playing with malware.

3. Backup. Much redundancy here. My setup is designed so I can shutdown on machine A at night and startup on machine B in the morning. This alone has saved my bacon.

a) I image the system with a program called Shadowprotect by storage craft. This allows restoring to a brand new disk if necessary. This program also has a nifty feature that allows taking Incremental images as often as every 15 minutes, and then at the end of the day making a single daily incremental. Impact on the system is zero. Thus I can recover thru out the day.

b) I use a program AJCSoftware's Active Dircsync. I use this to sync the data from one machine to another via two external drives. Keeps the data the same and also the copy on the external drives serves as backup. I do this daily.

c) I also run Outback Plus. I use this as another intra day data backup, as it can backup up specified files including Outlook even when it's open. Also it saves all the outlook settings, and could go to another machine and completely setup Outlook.

d) Finally I also run another AJCSoftware program, Active backup. What it does is with files and directories I save, if I say save a spreadsheet, or exit excel, it makes an archive of the spreadsheet. It keeps as many as I specify, so if I need, I can go back and look at earlier versions of the file. This also has save my bacon on many occasions.

That about covers it.

Pete

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Sounds like that message itself is just malware/trojan to begin with. There is no such real Windows warning message to do with being "compromised" and unlikely McAfee would need to download anything to "fix" something. McAfee should quarantine and prevent the application from running, it wouldn't need to download something to do that.

Run Malware Bytes to do a malware scan:
Malwarebytes.org

I can't stand McAfee or Norton, so if it were me, I would uninstall that and install something else. I use NOD32 personally.

Also, make sure you don't use Internet Explorer. You need to use FireFox and keep it up-to-date with security patches (it will prompt to do so automatically).

Last, I moved this to Off Topic.

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Mike,

I just loaded Firefox 3.5. Is Malwarebytes compatable with any browser?

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Malwarebyes isn't related to any browser. Firefox is just a much safer browser then IE.

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One more question,

Is Malwarebyes a onetime purchase or is it a time limited subscription?

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One more question,

Is Malwarebyes a onetime purchase or is it a time limited subscription?

Thanks,

RJay

Hi Rjay

If you only wanted to scan you can use the free version. The site doesn't say, about time limited, but it's $24.95 which is very reasonable.

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