Protecting your computer is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor, as I was clearly reminded. Another area that you should review is to make sure that your computer is regularly installing Windows updates, which is generally accomplished when you shut down your machine. Also, make sure that the Windows firewall is turned on. Finally, double-check that the Windows System Restore feature is activated. Windows System Restore essentially remembers previous “states” of your computer, which then allows you to restore the machine to a specific date. However, keep in mind that Windows System Restore does not affect your personal files, which means that it is not intended to be used as a back-up process.