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One of the fun parts of owning a computer is, of course, access to the internet. The worldwide web is jam-packed with lots of useful information, readily available at your fingertips! It is also home to potentially lethal viruses, many of which can cause danger to your system within moments.
The following four programs can help you avoid trouble; best of all they are absolutely free. These programs will help you to avoid those viruses and the costly price to repair them.
Choose Google Chrome or Firefox. These web browsers beat Internet Explorer by preventing pop ups and harmful scripts from being downloaded to your computer. Lots of nifty features too, including tabbed browsing, live bookmarks, and tons of add-on features.
Spybot Search and Destroy – gets rid of adware, spyware, and malware. Blocks the installation of spyware before it occurs; works in conjunction with anti-virus software, not as a replacement for one.
AVG AntiVirus – offers basic antivirus protection including scanning email attachments for viruses and scanning of all hard drives, removable drives, and external drives on your computer. A paid version does some additional tasks and includes technical support.
Zone Alarm – if you don’t have a firewall installed on your computer, you are opening yourself up to potential catastrophic security breaches. With Stealth Mode enabled you can search the internet in private, away from the intruding eyes of those who might want to steal your important information.
As with many freeware programs the professional versions of the software are sometimes available to give computer users the maximum amount of protection for a fee. Nevertheless, all five of these programs have something to offer and are worth exploring. Your computer safety and privacy is very important. So insure it today by downloading the programs that are right for you.
Spyware is basically a rapidly spreading online hazard to your computer. It was estimated that a few years ago over 80% of computer users had a computer unknowingly infected with spyware.
What spyware actually does is allow someone to observe your computer use and track your behavior on the computer. Some of these programs are keystroke loggers, adware and so-called system monitors. Generally those that maliciously install spyware software on your computer are being paid by a third party for the information they gain from tracking you and hundreds of thousands like you. It’s said that spyware is a billion dollar industry, one that won’t be going away anytime soon.
A lawsuit was filed in New York against a Los Angeles company called Intermix Media. The lawsuit is based upon the State of New York’s General Business Law which prohibits false advertising and deceptive business practices and laws against trespass. A thriving lawsuit against Intermix Media could spell doomsday to the spyware industry. Until then, you need to know what to do to protect your computer from spyware.
Once on your computer spyware can be awfully hard to remove. At its best spyware can/will cause your computer to slow down. At its’ worst, spyware can modify settings on your computer and show advertising you don’t want.
There are lots of anti-spyware programs available on the market today. You should perform a scan of your computer on a regular basis. It is suggested that you re-boot your computer after the initial scan and then re-scan to be sure that there are no “ticklers” left behind on your computer. These ticklers are designed to reinstall spyware. Don’t forget to run your antivirus software on a regular basis.
Be cautious of free downloads of any type of files, music, video, free wall paper, etc. These can have hidden spyware.