Protect Your Computer From Malicious Intent

Protect Your Computer From Malicious Intent
There are many types of​ malware,​ malicious software designed to​ disrupt the​ normal use of​ your computer .​
Some types of​ malware are simply nuisances to​ the​ one sitting behind the​ keyboard while others can actually harm or​ destroy the​ computer itself .​
Another threat posed by malware is​ the​ invasion of​ your privacy and it​ has the​ potential to​ cause you considerable personal and/or financial harm .​
Most types of​ malware get onto your computer via web browsing,​ instant messaging,​ or​ peer-to-peer file sharing .​
Malware is​ a​ self-inflicted injury .​
You do it​ to​ yourself by using the​ Internet .​
Many people use the​ following terms interchangeably but there are definite differences in​ the​ types of​ infections you can catch on​ your computer.
SPYWARE -- Spyware is​ a​ program that has been downloaded,​ usually unbeknownst to​ you,​ because it​ can be piggy-backed with some other type of​ desired program,​ usually freeware or​ shareware .​
Once this spyware is​ secretly installed on​ your computer it​ can do such things as​ change computer settings,​ track viewed websites,​ collect passwords,​ history and private information,​ and can even record your keystrokes .​
This information is​ then sent back to​ the​ program’s originator or​ to​ a​ third party .​
Spyware is​ extremely difficult to​ eradicate .​

A particularly annoying type of​ spyware is​ called adware which generates a​ tremendous amount of​ advertising in​ the​ form of​ pop-up advertisements or​ banners scrolling across your screen .​
This program can actually track your activities and cause similar ads to​ pop up hoping to​ interest you in​ related products .​
It can be quite intrusive and distracting but hardly as​ malicious as​ other types of​ spyware.
VIRUSES -- a​ computer virus,​ also rides on​ the​ coat-tails of​ other programs when downloaded,​ and can reproduce and run itself when the​ host program is​ executed .​
It can infect and corrupt files and sometimes causes hard drives to​ ‘crash’ depending on​ its design .​
a​ virus can infect other computers through the​ sending of​ email and/or file exchanges.
WORM -- a​ worm is​ a​ self-contained program that can replicate itself and uses a​ network to​ infect other systems on​ your computer .​
Depending on​ how the​ worm was designed,​ it​ can secretly send documents though email and even delete necessary files .​
Unlike a​ virus which causes harm to​ the​ computer and its files,​ a​ worm causes harm to​ other computers on​ the​ network and consumes bandwidth,​ thus slowing down your environment.
SPAM -- Spam is​ electronic junk mail,​ usually unsolicited .​
It uses up tremendous amounts of​ network bandwidth .​
Spam is​ usually trying to​ sell you some product or​ service and is​ sent to​ generated mailing lists and newsgroups .​
Though it​ cannot cause you or​ your computer much harm,​ it​ is​ extremely annoying and time consuming to​ delete .​
It is​ estimated that more than 60% of​ all email on​ the​ internet is​ spam.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? -- Visiting Geeks technicians strongly urge all owners to​ install an​ anti-virus software program on​ their computers .​
we​ also recommend at​ least one anti-spyware program,​ if​ not more than one .​
Depending on​ Internet usage,​ you should set both programs to​ automatically scan on​ a​ regular basis .​
These programs can actually find and remove unwanted infections and can also prevent their future installations .​
It isn’t enough,​ however,​ to​ simply install these programs and think yourself entirely protected thereafter,​ because new spyware and viruses are constantly being designed .​
You must update your anti-spyware and anti-virus programs daily in​ order to​ pick up on​ these newest threats .​

Though no one program can be relied on​ to​ keep your computer completely clear of​ sypware and viruses,​ there are many reputable anti-spyware and anti-virus programs available on​ today’s market .​
When our customers need an​ anti-spyware program our technicians install Counter Spy by Sunbelt Software .​
For those customers with no anti-virus we​ will install PC-Cillin Internet Security by Trend Micro which even has the​ added benefit of​ Parental Control Features.
It is​ much easier to​ prevent your computer from being infected with these above-mentioned malware than it​ is​ to​ try to​ get rid of​ them,​ so browse the​ internet wisely .​
To clean a​ computer of​ unwanted spyware and viruses can be a​ costly and lengthy process .​
An ounce of​ prevention is​ worth a​ pound of​ cure,​ so the​ saying goes.

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