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Find out about viruses, spyware and adware.
Spyware and adware are small files that attach to almost anything that you may download and are designed to track where you go and what you view on the Internet they then serve up popup advertisements. Some spyware and adware will even steal your personal information and credit card numbers.
Advertisers, web designers, and even governments are using the internet to spy on you. Downloaded software, Web bugs, and cookies target you while you're online, watching and recording your actions and turning that information over to eager advertisers. These Spy-Ware technologies gather personal information, such as your IP address (your computer's internet address) and shopping habits, without your knowledge or consent.
These are not to be confused with viruses. Even though you might have antivirus software installed doesn't mean it will handle spyware. For this you need a dedicated spyware remover. I personally use and recommend CounterSpy - Download Free Trial here.
There are free checkers you can use and I mention a few in my free report "7 ways to speed up your PC" which you get when you join my subscriber list. I found they didn't find all the infections on my PC and that's one of the reasons why I went for a paid service.
Another point to note is that when you search for Anti-spyware on Google you will get a large amount of listings. I have come across a number that offer free scans and downloads but then will find "spyware" that doesn't actually exist or will replace spyware or even try and remove genuine anti-spyware software. The motives are probably money but they feed on the fear people have which comes from not really understanding what's going on. So bear that in mind when making a decision.
What are viruses?
Viruses are small files that attach to emails or downloads and infect your computer. They can be as harmless as displaying funny pictures on your monitor or they can go through your address book and send everyone within your address book the same virus.
More dangerous versions can completely wipe out your computer and all your information and some can take over your machine and send spam from your computer. Without your knowledge, you can then become an unwitting spammer. To learn more about viruses, spyware etc and how to remove safely click here for an excellent manual on the subject.
If you don't have antivirus software already I strongly recommend getting some now. As always, there are many to choose from. I have tried a number over the years and I find "The Shield Pro 2008" an excellent one it even comes with a built in firewall. You also get free technical support and regular updates of virus definitions.
What are Virus Definitions?
The list of known viruses that anti-virus software searches for on your computer or incoming files and emails. In order for anti-virus software to work effectively it is vital that you should keep your virus definition files fully up to date. A virus checker is only as good as the definitions it has on file. Keeping up to date means staying protected from the latest threats
What are worms?
Similar to viruses in that they are programs that are often designed to interfere with the computers they infect. They don't attach themselves to files or other programs but spread automatically across networks of computers
What are hackers?
Hackers are the underbelly of the internet. They are people who randomly scan the internet to find openings so they can go in and snoop around. Once into your machine, they have as much access to it as you do. That means your online banking, personal data, family data are all available to a hacker.
What are Keystroke Loggers?
Software that captures the keys pressed on your computer keyboard and sends a log of these to the hacker via the internet. Used to capture your passwords and login details for banking and other websites often included in Trojans. definately something you don't want on your computer
What are Trojans?
An apparently harmless program that contains malicius code designed to give control of your computer to a hacker. Can be used to record keystrokes (see keystroke logger) and delete files or even view your screen contents. Called trojans as they usually hide in other seemingly ok programs.
What is Phishing?
The use of "spoofed" emails and fraudulent websites designed to trick recipients into divulging personal financial data, such as credit card numbers, account usernames, security numbers and passwords. Sometimes the email is designed to scare people into responding by threatening to suspend accounts etc. Never enter your security details via an email. Always visit the website directly and ensure it is a secure webpage.
What is a Firewall?
This can be a software program, another computer running the software or it could be built into a network router and is designed to protect a computer network from unauthorized access, especially via the Internet. It also prevents unauthorized access to a network, by users outside of the network. (A physical firewall prevents the spread of fire between two physical locations; the software one prevents the spread of unauthorized data). The "Shield Deluxe 2005" below comes with a built in firewall.
What is the answer?
Learning how to protect yourself for FREE.
Get educated before it's too late. My friend Adrian Ling has excelled himself this time. He has come up with a brilliant manual containing a complete system that walks you through the maze of offerings to get the best FREE anti-spyware, anti-virus and other resources you need to get rid of the nasty bugs on your computer and what's even more important how to prevent future infection.
If you haven't experienced the pain and stress that spyware can cause yet and you're using the internet then believe me you will. It happens to the best of us.
Not all spyware removers are created equal. Many are set up to add to the misery of unsuspecting users. Why would they do that? money! I guess. It pays to advertise especially if you are selling advertising. In "Spyware Secrets Exposed" Adrian has revealed the real facts about the spyware industry and produced an amazingingly thorough step by step guide to making your system bomb-proof for zero outlay.
All done using free resources available on the net. He even offers a money back guarantee. At the moment he's even offering a discount for a limited time so don't miss out, learn how to protect yourself today. Click here
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