The following steps will not eliminate all computer viruses, however you will be able to eliminate a lot of the internet based “viruses” that are taking hundreds out of your wallet by simply removing Adobe Flash.
Flash is not a bad program or technology. In fact, many web based videos and graphics run on Flash. However, the time has come to remove it. You can work around it. A vast number of the internet based infections that are destroying your computer start with Flash-based ads.
If you want to regain control of your computer
Start Menu >> Control Panel >> Add / Remove Programs (in Windows Vista or 7, it is called Programs and Features)
Click on Adobe Flash (might say version 8, or 9, or 10) and then click Remove (in Windows Vista or 7, you click Uninstall).
Follow the simply on-screen prompts to remove Adobe Flash. This should take less than 5 minutes.
Surely, there are a few websites that MAY not work anymore. However, I doubt these websites are vital to your life. “Too bad, so sad” is my response. Most major banks are not stupid enough to use Flash for their online banking sites because of the security risks.
The only website that many people will be affected by due to the lack of Flash, is You Tube. However, they have converted their videos to a newer, safer technology called HTML 5 as an option for their viewers.
Please make sure you have the latest browsers installed on your computer: Internet Explorer 9 (Windows Vista and 7 only), Firefox 4, or Google Chrome.
For You Tube purposes only, you can activate HTML5 by going to http://www.youtube.com/html5 in one of the browsers I have just listed. Obviously, make sure you update your browser of choice first.
If you are not sure whether you have the latest browsers, they can be downloaded from the links below. Please make sure you have ALL THREE of the following installed.
Escape hatch: If you absolutely HAD to access a Flash based website, do it with the Google Chrome browser. It has a Flash engine built in which is not directly tied to Microsoft Windows. Use this “emergency exit” sparingly please.