Clearing Malware, Spyware And The Like

Computer safety should be at the forefront of most everyone’s strategy in terms of protecting their identity.  The truth is, there are a lot of bad people out there doing malicious things, and it’s a pain in the neck to keep on top of it all.  But one thing that you can definitely do is to protect your computer against malware and spyware with a few simple steps.  Once you get things set up there’s really not much left to be done.  I suggest to most people that they install a program to defend against things known as “drive by installations” whereby you’ll visit an infected website and then your computer will be attacked by a trojan that may automatically install software on your PC.  One of the bad things about this is of course that you have no idea this is happening, and then suddenly you have a keylogger recording your keystrokes as you’re entering banking information.  It’s just not a great thing to happen, but thankfully there are ways to deal with it.

One program that we recommend is Spyhunter 4.  It was written up by No More Sad Computer recently and it got good reviews from people that had used it.  There are a few mixed reviews but honestly most of these are people that aren’t sure what they’re doing and are just frustrated with the software.

A few people claimed that the software got rid of bugs and problems that other software tools couldn’t seem to get rid of.  The one strength of this program is in fact that it has a standalone remote OS that it can boot into in order to get rid of malicious rootkits that can invade your computer at any point in time.  It’s crazy but true – these rootkits can lodge themselves in the Windows operating system and then they can’t be removed because Windows can’t remove these core system type files while it is running.

So it can sometimes be like Jenga getting rid of these spyware and malware programs, but thankfully there is software that makes it easier.

Computer Compatibilty And Warranty Information

Computer compatibility is at the forefront of what you should be looking for in terms of how to get your computer working properly and how to purchase the right computers.

It is important to be sure that the applications software (software that does such specific tasks as record sorting, ledger posting, printing of reimbursement forms) be compatible with the computer’s operating system software (software that handles the computer’s internal chores). * Acceptance. The hospital needs some standards to determine when the computer has been “accepted” in the legal sense. When the hospital has accepted the computer, it generally cannot return it, and the hospital’s rights against the computer vendors are diminished. Acceptance can take place as early as the day the hardware arrives at the hospital loading dock in crates or as late as the end of some time period (for example, 30 days) after the computer is fully operational according to pre-agreed specifications and to the reasonable satisfaction of the hospital. * Payment terms. The payment terms do more than affect the hospital’s cash flow; they give the hospital bargaining leverage with the computer vendors. Computer vendors are likely to be more anxious to solve any problems that have appeared if the hospital is still holding a substantial final payment. * Warranties. Most vendors’ standard agreements contain a section captioned “Warranties.” This section generally is more an attempt to limit warranties than to give them. For example, the vendor usually disclaims any warranty of merchantability or warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. Technically, the vendor is saying that it is disclaiming any warranty (1) that the computer is of a quality that would generally be acceptable between computer sellers, and (2) that the computer is fit for the purpose the vendor knows the hospital intends for it. The section then often provides a very limited warranty, often just a warranty that the equipment contains no defects. This means that the hospital has no warranty rights if the computer doesn’t do the job for which the hospital intended it; the hospital will have warranty rights only if the computer is actually defective in the sense that it doesn’t work the way the vendor intends it to work. * Limitation of liability. Vendors’ contract forms usually contain a provision limiting their liability if the computer doesn’t work. A typical provision limits the vendor’s liability to a requirement that it fix the computer if it malfunctions in the first 90 days. This limitation means that if the computer is a “lemon” or does not perform as required, the hospital may be stuck with it (along with a live-in repair person).

Gordon, Richard M., and J. Lynne Thomas. “Avoiding computer error: How to sidestep legal traps lying in the path to a new computer.” Hospitals, Journal of American Hospital Association 16 Jan. 1984: 98+.

 

It’s easier nowadays, but ensure that your employees are purchasing software made for either Macs or PCs, whichever you might own.