Protect Your Computer From Attack

Your computer is a waiting playground for viruses and malicious malware. The controllers of these evil entities would like nothing more than to get inside the confines of your hard drive and take over your domain. The virus creators are lurking in the shadows waiting for their chance to infiltrate your encampment.

You must protect your computer from attack by these evil entities. In order to protect your system and keep your computer running like it should you are going to need to have a firewall in place. A firewall will prevent a lot of the intruders. There will be some persistent threats that will find a way around your firewall, but for the most part you will be protected as long as your firewall is enabled and running.

Antivirus software was created to detect and capture any threats that make it past your firewall. The antivirus software that you have will keep threatening programs that slip past your firewall from doing harm to your system.

You can also surf the web responsibly and stop a lot of these threats from occurring. Your biggest chance of getting a virus will occur when you are downloading a game, a song, or a video. You have to make sure that a download is safe and free of viruses before you accept it on your computer.

Shareware web sites have more malware infections than almost any other web site has. Shareware happens when average people are allowed to upload video, music content, software applications, and movies, to a server for other people to come and download for no charge. These sites are very popular with music lovers because they can make CDs of their favorite music and not have to pay for the download.

The shareware sites are also a favorite place for malware distributors. All they have to do is get you to download the content that has their bug in it and they are inside your computer. You need to stay away from shareware sites.

Porn sites have the highest concentration of viruses of any other type of website. You can almost guarantee that when you visit a porn site you are going to find something ugly lurking in the shadows. Your best bet is to avoid porn sites completely.

When you have done a lot of surfing makes sure you run a full system scan with your antivirus to detect anything that might have followed you home.


How to Disable McAfee Firewall

McAfee firewall comes as a built-in component of a few McAfee antivirus programs namely McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012/11 and McAfee Internet Security etc. McAfee firewall also comes as a standalone program namely McAfee Personal Firewall, McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, and McAfee Internet Security etc. In case you experience a problem with your network or wireless connection, you may think of disabling McAfee firewall. So, here is a free McAfee firewall support guide for you. It will help you easily disable McAfee firewall program.


McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012/11 and McAfee Internet Security

The user interface for these three antivirus programs is quite similar. So, you can easily turn off firewall in whichever of the three programs you are using. Look for the M icon on the desktop or in the system tray. Double-click the icon to open the McAfee antivirus console. The screen that will open now will be anything by the name SecurityCenter, Internet Security, or AntiVirus Plus 2012/11 depending on the type of McAfee program you have.

On the Home screen, you will see the security status of your computer. Look at the third option which is Firewall: On. It indicates that the firewall is turned on. Click the angle sign next to Firewall: On. Click the Settings link on the right hand side. You will see the firewall status. Click the Turn off button. When prompted for a confirmation and action to turn the firewall back on, select a time period from the drop-down arrow. You can select any time period from the given options. If you want to disable the firewall permanently, select Never and then hit the Turn off button. Save the changes and exit the McAfee console.

McAfee Personal Firewall& McAfee Personal Firewall Plus

Look for the M icon in the system tray, right-click on it, and select Personal Firewall from the drop-down options. From Personal Firewall, point the mouse to select Disable. Alternatively, you can double-click the M icon to open the McAfee SecurityCenter console. When in the console, look for Personal Firewall or Personal Firewall+ (depending on your version) in the left hand panel and click it. You will see the status and history of the firewall program. Look at the top where it says ‘Personal Firewall or Personal Firewall Plus is currently protecting your computer. Click here if you want to disable Personal Firewall Plus’. Click on disable, the underlined link. Confirm the action if prompted.

In McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, you can turn off firewall in another way also. Double-click the M icon to open the McAfee SecurityCenter console. Click Internet & Network in the left hand panel and then click Configure. Click the Firewall protection is enabled strip. Click the Off button. When prompted, select a time period to turn the firewall automatically back on and then hit the OK button. You can select Never from the drop-down arrow in case you want to turn off the firewall permanently.

Additional Tips:

You must re-enable firewall after your issue has resolved. Firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access and hackers. Contact a McAfee technical support or McAfee antivirus support service in case firewall doesn’t turn off and cause further issues.