What if I am already hacked? What if I am already infected by a virus?
If your computer has already been infected by a virus or if your
computer has already been hacked, just installing Abtrusion Protector will
not make it safe. The only way to be completely sure that your computer is
not compromised is to format your hard disks, re-install all software and
then restore all non-executable files from your backup system. However, that
is a lot of work.
Abtrusion Protector can help you track all your files
back to the installation media from which they came. That way it is possible
to locate executable files on your hard disks that have changed or that
cannot be accounted for.
If you find a file that cannot be accounted for,
you can deny that file the right to execute. If you are not sure about a
particular file, it is good practice to un-install the software that the
file seems to belong to, remove the file if it is still there, and then
re-install the software again. It is a bit of work, but much less than
installing everything from scratch.
It is also good practice to scan your
system for viruses just prior to installing Abtrusion Protector. You can
use a normal anti-virus scanner (with updated virus definitions) or an
online scanner, such as the free