1. As mal-ware and malicious become more prevalent, it is important to ensure adaquate lines of protection for your system. Especially if you manage a web server and/or websites.

      A tool that I have found useful is call Sandboxie. It creates a virtual sandbox on your PC and any malware downloaded is removed from your system when the sandbox is closed. I use this when accessing customer accounts that have been compromised.

      From the Sandboxie homepage:

      Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

      The red arrows indicate changes flowing from a running program into your computer. The box labeled Hard disk (no sandbox) shows changes by a program running normally. The box labeled Hard disk (with sandbox) shows changes by a program running under Sandboxie. The animation illustrates that Sandboxie is able to intercept the changes and isolate them within a sandbox, depicted as a yellow rectangle. It also illustrates that grouping the changes together makes it easy to delete all of them at once.

      Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

      • Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
      • Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.
      • Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.
      • Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.