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Solutions: How much security does average PC user need?

Installed on my computer are Windows Defender and MalwareBytes AntiMalware. Now I would like to include Microsoft program EMET. Is this recommended?

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a free downloadable utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in individual software programs from being exploited. It is a complicated tool that requires configuration for every program on your PC that uses the Internet.

It is not guaranteed to catch all exploits. It's just a little more vigorous than what most program defaults detect. But that comes at a price since it can also change the behavior of programs to which it is attached. It may make sense for corporations, but in my opinion, it is overkill for the average PC user. Why add another layer of complication?

My advice is to use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set to medium-high security level, along with all updates and service packs. Use the built-in Windows firewall and make sure User Account Control (UAC) is active. Above all, use safe browsing habits.

I've been using Windows 8.1 on my new computer for about two weeks. Every time I go onto a website and want to select an option on that site, I am "redirected" to some other website. Can you tell me why this is happening and how to stop it? I'm using Internet Explorer.

Try this: From Internet Explorer, click Tools (the gear icon), Safety and then inPrivate Browsing. This will open an Explorer session with Toolbars and extensions disabled. See if that solves the problem.

If not, try uninstalling and/or disabling any add-ons or toolbars. If that doesn't fix the problem, do the following in this order, stop when the issue is solved: From Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet options, and then the Advanced tab. Click the Reset button and follow the instructions.

Next, run a full scan with your antivirus. Download and install MalwareBytes AntiMalware from www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download.php. This will bring you to a download page with the download already initiated. Choose "Run." On the install, you don't need to click the "Trial offer" at this time. The free version is all you need for routine checks. Next, use Windows Defender Offline to create a boot CD to boot into Windows without activating any resident virus and do a full scan of your hard drive. Find it at windows.microsoft.com.

What are the possible reasons that the "insert" key fails to toggle between insert and overwrite? It's always on insert.

If your insert key is on a numeric keypad, make sure your "Num Lock" key is off. If this behavior is happening within a Microsoft Office application such as Word, check the Tools, Options, Edit tab for the Overtype mode setting.

Send questions to personaltech@tampabay.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: How much security does average PC user need? 02/07/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 7:16pm]
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