How to Combat PC Problems Caused by Malware

(Contributed)

Computer problems are nearly impossible to avoid, and as a Windows computer user, you can expect all types of errors to crop up on your system from time to time. For instance, the csrcs.exe error is a fairly common error, which may occur due to a virus infection. Similarly, the stop c000021a is raised by the kernel when it can’t locate the winlogon.exe or the csrss.exe process and results in a system halt.

The most serious threat is posed by malware, and it is vital that you safeguard against these programs at all costs. Well, hopeless as it may sound, there is actually a lot you can do to handle these errors yourself, as described below:

  • Get rid of junk from the registry – You may find it a little hard to believe, but the registry plays the most important role in your system’s overall performance. After all, it’s the master record for storing all types of settings and making the system work. However, over time, the registry accumulates a lot of useless entries, and has to spend system resources managing them. Therefore, you should invest in a good registry cleaner, which will make it very easy for you to optimize, repair and maintain your registry. Many of the known viruses today exploit the vulnerabilities found in the registry, and thus its protection becomes even more important.
  • Wipe out malware – Malware is a broad term, which includes viruses, adware, spyware, etc. If your computer freezes frequently, there is a good chance that it is infected by malware. Therefore, you need to make sure that your system is free of all malicious infections and associated threats.To achieve this goal, you need to purchase a good anti-malware suite; you may also buy protective software independently, for instance, anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc., but make sure that you update the protective software daily and scan your system regularly.  Also be sure that you invest only in professional-quality software.

    Staying safe from malware has also a lot to do with good preventive habits: For instance, you must scan all USB drives for viruses before use.

  • Firewall – There’s hardly a more important and potent protective software than the firewall. Though it can’t weed out viruses and worms, a firewall stands as a guard between your computer and the outside network, checking all the passing data traffic and inspecting for possible hacking attempts. In this sense, a good firewall is very useful for your system. However, you shouldn’t rely on the default Windows firewall, as there are far better freeware alternatives available. A firewall is really easy to operate once you have set up the basic settings that it requires the first time you set it up, which is well worth the effort and research that goes into it.

It is our firm belief that the average computer user need not waste time and money for the so-called computer experts. Windows is a very user-friendly operating system, which also makes it easy to troubleshoot. The steps suggested above will help you tremendously in the fight against malware.  Try them and see how much you gain from these simple steps!