As my background is also medical, I was recently involved in a discussion regarding the benefits of keyhole surgery vs. open surgery. A day or two later, while trying to cure a system that had developed some unusual symptoms, I realized that our bodies have more in common with our desktops than I had previously realized.
Ever since I can remember, bugs and viruses have been a part of my life. growing older, with more experience, and (hopefully) a stronger immune system, I realize that in today’s world, with constant interaction between people in multiple environments, bugs and viruses are inevitable, but not untreatable.
This might be true of our human bodies too. The abundance of vitamins, pro-biotics and other ‘preemptive’ medication could easily parallel the vast, and sometimes confusing wealth of software options promising to keep our systems healthy and safe. Our concerns, however, remain the same, namely: What should we use? When should we use it? And what are the long term effects?
Over the past two decades, the trend in family medicine has been to avoid over-prescribing anti-biotics, and by doing so, strengthen the human immune system. When we use anti-biotics we give our immune system a helping hand. Giving the patient too many anti-biotics too often, no longer allows for the immune system to gain the learning experience that it needs in order to adapt and dispose of the threat. The immune system passively relies on the anti-boitics to do the work for it.
As with the human immune system, our desktop security system needs to rely on experience, or better yet, the experience of others. Provided you are using a valid and updated version of one (or more) of the many solutions installed on your system, you may benefit from the experience (and misfortunes) of others. With the harsh competition in the market , you can safely rely on software companies to work day and night in order to stay ahead of the game, finding a cure for a malware or virus before it spreads, goes “airborne”, and becomes an epidemic.
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of malware that can infiltrate your system and neutralize your security settings, or disguise itself as a valid part of your system while it wreaks havoc.
Remote scanning allows a separate sterile system, with the most updated database, to scan your system. This is extremely important, more so than 10-15 years ago, as new malware spreads faster, sometimes before we have had a chance to update our security system.
Most of the companies providing remote scanning software provide the scanning for free, which means that you don’t have to pay for a solution before you find out that it won’t solve your problem. There is no commitment involved; you can find out what the problem is and then it is up to you whether you to pay for the software that will fix your problem, or seek help (or possibly a second opinion,) elsewhere. Should you choose to pay for the software, it is without a doubt much cheaper than paying for an antivirus and/or firewall package, and definitely cheaper than paying a technician. Some sites offer annual subscriptions, which is even better.
You may argue that these software companies deliberately lure you into accepting a free scan of your system only to inform you of problems that you don’t actually have in order to convince you to buy/subscribe to their product. These days, I am glad to say, it is far too easy to prove fowl play in such cases. Moreover, with the current competitive state of this particular market, were this indeed the case, the software company has far more to lose than it could hope to gain.
Reluctant to go to such lengths, I decided it was time for a solution similar to that of keyhole surgery. The major benefit of keyhole surgery is that it is far less intrusive, and by avoiding greater trauma to the body (by opening up a larger wound), avoids further complications.
I spent 10mins researching, and just as I was beginning to think that I had hit the jackpot with brilliant new idea, I had found my keyhole solution. Someone else had thought of my brilliant idea before I did (…again).
Unlike all the other solutions we are all well acquainted with, Reimage is the future. What sets Reimage above the rest is that it surgically removes problematic files and replaces them with original Microsoft approved Windows files. Furthermore, it repairs and replaces the system files without affecting the user data in any way. This alone is a major benefit to any user, not just those in the medical profession. Backing up information is time consuming enough without having to reinstall it. I have used it several times now (even with a half-decent WiFi connection) and have no complaints yet.
You can find out more about Reimage at www.reimage.com