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Battling spyware with Windows Defender


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Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Battling spyware with Windows Defender

Spyware are those hidden little programs that probe around your computer trying to get at your personal information. You can get spyware on your computer by accessing the Internet, by installing programs or with Windows 7, you can also defend against spyware with Windows Defender. We are going to check it out now. Let just go down to the Windows orb and type in defend. That's all you need to type and at the top under Control panel, that's where we go to find Windows Defender or Scan right from here, and you will notice the icons are the same.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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6h 31m Beginner Oct 22, 2009

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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Battling spyware with Windows Defender

Spyware are those hidden little programs that probe around your computer trying to get at your personal information. You can get spyware on your computer by accessing the Internet, by installing programs or with Windows 7, you can also defend against spyware with Windows Defender. We are going to check it out now. Let just go down to the Windows orb and type in defend. That's all you need to type and at the top under Control panel, that's where we go to find Windows Defender or Scan right from here, and you will notice the icons are the same.

We can go directly to scanning our computer for spyware and any other unwanted software by selecting this link. But let's go to Windows Defender. It opens up the program. Here you are going to see some status information. For example, on this computer I am working with, there are no unwanted or harmful software detected and it's running normally. Down below I also see the last time a scan was performed. I can see the current schedule, all of which I can change of course, whether or not I have real-time protection turned on or not and my Antispyware definition version and when it was last created.

So, I have got a very recent version. So, if you wanted to perform a scan, all you need to do is go up to the Scan button, click Scan and it starts scanning your computer. And you can see it might take a few minutes because it's scanning the entire computer. There are options for what can and cannot be scanned. That's totally up to you. And let's just let this continue all the way across the progress bar. Of course, we already know that there are no problems on this particular computer. But we will see the results of our scan very shortly.

Now, the type of scan we just ran, the default scan is called a Quick scan. You can see when it started, how long it took, how many resources were scanned and everything looks fine. I have got the green bar across the top indicating everything is running normally and I have got updated status down below. Now, how do we change the settings? Well, we just simply go up to the tools button and from here there's lots of different items. First lets move down to tools here. Quarantined items, these are items that are removed by the system, placed in a temporary holding area, until you decide whether or not they should be removed for good or whether or not they need to be restored.

We can access the Windows Defender website from here. Check out which items are allowed, so view software that we have chosen not to monitor. Another setting we can adjust. And Microsoft Malware Protection Center is available, right from this link where you can get information on malware and so on. Let's go over to Options though. Now here is where we have access to all of the options that we just saw in action in Windows Defender, starting with Automatic scanning at the top and this is something I like to leave on. My computer will automatically be scanned and I can choose how often, the frequency and the time and the type of scan.

And you can see for me it's happening daily. If I want to change that to a particular day of the week, it would become weekly and I can choose the day. I am going to go to Sunday. I am going to leave the time at 2:00 AM but I could change it to anytime I like. And the type of scan is what we just witnessed, a Quick scan. But there are full scans as well and they take longer. I am going to choose Full scan, and I can also choose whether or not Windows Defender is going to check for updated definitions before scanning. That's part of my Windows update.

I am going to leave it deselected and run a scan only when my system is idle. Odds are, Sunday morning at 2:00 AM, this computer will be idle and the full scan will be all to take place. Let's check out Default actions now, in the Navigation pane on the left hand side. We can choose what actions occur when spyware or other software is detected. So here we have the different levels. A Severe alert item, obviously this is a type of program that's getting in there and compromising my computer security and my privacy.

So when I click this dropdown, I could choose to have severe alerts totally removed or quarantine. The default is Recommend action based on definition. So I will see a recommendation and I can choose whether or not to accept or reject that or choose one of these others. So, I will leave it at Recommended. Same goes for the other alerts. I have got High, Medium and Low alerts and I can choose just to automatically apply the recommended actions by clicking this checkbox and I won't be prompted. But I like to be prompted. I would like to see what's going on.

So, I am going to leave that deselected. Real-time protection is also something I would like to leave on. So as I am downloading files such as attachments from an e-mail or as I am running programs on my computer, they are being scanned in real-time, as it is happening and you can see Use real-time protection is turned on. It's recommended and down below you can choose what is being scanned. I am going to leave both of these downloaded files and attachments as well as programs. We can also choose here which files and folders we want to exclude.

In other words, we don't want them scanned. We know they are safe. Let's go to the Add button and if you have got the Exercise Files we can add the Exercise Files. We just need to know how to locate them. Well I am going to go to the C drive here, down to Users, I am going to go to my Users here and I am going to go to my own Desktop. I can click the little dropdown and see the Exercise Files folder right there. I want the entire folder left alone. It won't be scanned. When I click OK, it now appears on the list and anytime I can remove that from the list by selecting it and clicking Remove.

But I am going to save those changes. Now it takes me back out, so I could have waited. I am going to go back into Options and go down to Excluded file types. These aren't specific files, but rather types of files I don't want scanned. For example, you can see up here they use the JPG format. These are pictures and typically there won't be programs or spyware embedded in an image like a JPEG image, a digital photo for example. So you can come down here and add as many as you like and you just them in the field at the top. Notice the example it uses an *.jpg. So that could be anything in the beginning, that's a wildcard, the period and then the file type.

But I am going to leave this blank. There's also an Advanced section, where you'll see what can be scanned. Scan archive files, e-mail, I want my e-mail scanned as well. Removable drives. When I plug-in, for example, a USB drive, should it be scanned? Select that checkbox if you want it as well. You can see the other options to choose from here. If you are the administrator of this computer and you have got full access, you can go to the Administrator section and there's two options here.

So you have got Use this program and Display items from all users of this computer. If there are many users, for example, connected to this computer, when Use this program is turned on, you will be alerted and all the users on this computer will be alerted if spyware or any other software that could be malicious is running. Now down below is the Administrator. I want to be able to see what other users are doing in the way of protecting their computer. So I want be able to see their history, which items they have chosen to allow or not be scanned, which ones are quarantined and I need to be the Administrator obviously to view what's going on with all the other users who might log on to this computer.

Again, when you are done, if you have made changes, you need to click Save. That takes you back out and you can close Windows Defender to return to your desktop and know that your computer is going to be safe from malicious spyware.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training .


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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here: www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
 
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