Solutions & Information
Here is some information and tips to keep your computer running smoothly.
Viruses, Adware & Spyware
According to Webopedia, a VIRUS is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Viruses can also replicate themselves. All computer viruses are manmade. A simple virus that can make a copy of itself over and over again is relatively easy to produce. Even such a simple virus is dangerous because it will quickly use all available memory and bring the system to a halt. An even more dangerous type of virus is one capable of transmitting itself across networks and bypassing security systems. A WORM is a program or algorithm that replicates itself over a computer network and usually performs malicious actions, such as using up the computer's resources and possibly shutting the system down.
MALWARE also called ADWARE or SPYWARE is any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes and causes popup windows.
Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. A Trojan horse is a destructive program that masquerades as a benign application. Unlike viruses, Trojan horses do not replicate themselves but they can be just as destructive. One of the most insidious types of Trojan horse is a program that claims to rid your computer of viruses but instead introduces viruses onto your computer.
Since there isn't any way of being absolutely sure that downloaded files are not contaminated with viruses, adware, spyware etc., your best protection is antivirus and firewall security software and updating it monthly.
Enabling Windows Updates to download automatically to your computer as the latest security and software patches become available will help keep your computer current. You can set this up within your control panel.
Make sure that all users on your computer or system have a password. Do not use "Administrator" or "Admin" as many viruses can breach your system's user privileges that are associated with "Adminstrator" accounts. Be sure to delete all old accounts which are not being used.
Keep It Clean
Finally, always have a professional computer technician service and maintain your computer. You'll avoid a lot of aggravation and your computer will be happy you did.
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