Security threats affect us in many ways
As we say, hackers can use different methods and strategies to achieve your goal. They could steal passwords, personal information, compromise the proper functioning of computers and even access other devices connected to a network.
That is why we must take action permanently. We must avoid the entry of malicious software, of intruders that in one way or another may compromise our equipment. This includes also having security tools that can help us keep cybercriminals out.
Now, to what extent an external threat could affect the Windows system? The truth is that we could run into malicious logs, programs that start with the operating system and that could be collecting data without us noticing.
On the one hand, it is important to know which tools could be started with Windows and could be a threat. But it is also convenient to analyze which system logs could be a problem, could have been inserted by cybercriminals.
Check programs that run when Windows starts
In a simple way we can see which applications are running on Windows by start the operating system. We can also see if by disabling them we can have problems or everything would work normally.
We can see this through the Task Manager Windows. We can go to Start, write Task Manager and open it. Also simply pressing the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager.
Once inside, it will show us a series of tabs and the one that interests us is the Start tab. There it will show us the programs that are executed at boot windows. We can give it to disable. We can also go to Processes and see everything that is running at that moment.
Do we see something strange in either of the two options? We can click with the second mouse button and click on Properties to find more information about it. But also, something very useful would be to do a search on Google. In this way we will know if that specific process may be a virus or any variety of malware.
View startup programs in the registry
In order for a program, like the ones we have seen, to start in Windows it is necessary that they have a registry in the system. They have to have a ticket. In this way, simply by deleting that entry we can make a specific program not run when Windows starts.
We can analyze this that we mentioned if we enter the Windows’ register. We can press the Win + R key combination and run Regedit. Also go to Start, type Registry, and open Registry Editor.
Then you have to go to the path EquipoHKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun. There we will see exactly the programs that appeared when we saw the applications that are executed from the start of the operating system.
If something does not interest us, if we see that a record could be a threat, we simply have to click the right mouse button and click Delete. In this way we will be limiting that it can be started together with Windows. If we know that it is something suspicious, something that could be unsafe, it could be interesting to eliminate it.
Find information to see if a record is reliable
There is nothing better to look for information on the internet to check if a possible program, file or Windows registry is really insecure or not. In this way we can avoid problems that may make the task easier for hackers. The objective is none other than to keep our equipment properly protected.
It is common that we find ourselves in certain moments with the doubt of knowing if a specific program, a specific file or even a operating system registry it may or may not be a threat. Therefore, it may be interesting to do a search on Google or any search engine and find the solution.
But we can also perform a system analysis with the mission of discovering possible threats. In this way we can not only see if we have any type of malicious file or block a dangerous download, but also detect possible records that could damage our computer.
Tips to keep your system safe
We are going to give a series of essential tips to ensure that our system works correctly, that it is safe and that it does not have any type of problem. We can have certain recommendations so that everything works correctly.
Have safety programs
Something basic, something that can not be missing at any time, is to have a good antivirus and other tools that protect our security. For example, we are also talking about a firewall or even extensions for the browser that prevent the entry of malicious software.
Keep systems up to date
Another issue to take into account is the importance of maintaining the updated equipment. On many occasions, security flaws can appear that are exploited by hackers. We must always have the systems with the latest versions available.
Download only from trusted sources
Also, we must not download software nor install programs from sources that are not official and safe. Otherwise we would not know if we are adding something that could have been modified by an intruder.
But without a doubt something that cannot be missing is the common sense. We must make any kind of mistake that could affect us negatively. For example, download a file that is dangerous, open a fraudulent link that reaches us by e-mail, etc.
In short, a Windows registry file could become dangerous if we have been the victims of an attack. We have seen how to see which ones correspond to the start of Windows, how to eliminate them and we have also given some tips to be better protected.