Republish Article: Internet Security and Anti-virus Software – Why Buy It?

Internet Security and Anti-virus Software – Why Buy It?

Author: Chris Derenberger

Let's talk a little about the impact of viruses, Internet related threats and how they effect your computer and privacy.

First off, is it really necessary to have anti-virus and firewall software installed on your computer? Afterall, with only 200 new threats created daily, who really cares? Is it really that big of a deal if hackers are able to access your computer, look through your data, user names, passwords, and account information? Seriously, is identitiy theft really that important to you? Or what about the viruses that cause your computer to go so slow you think you will never be able to load your Internet browser. Why should you worry about malware that can cause your system files to be destroyed or your favorite family photos stored on your computer to disappear in an instant? Does it concern you that your email can be sent to thousands of spam sites and pop-ups are all over your screen offering you software to fix your computer?

Any idea what causes these types of issues? How about malware, which broken down is short for malicious software such as viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware, adware, I think you get the point. Oh wait, I forgot, you have a customized super sized computer that is not vulnerable to viruses. When I hear people tell me this, I tend to wait and act surprised when they come back saying, "oh no, I got a virus".

It does not matter how sophisticated your computer is, you are vulnerable to malware! If you don't have internet security software installed on your pc, you are at risk of being infected with viruses, spyware and even hackers that want nothing more than to steal your information.

So what should you do now that you already have viruses on your computer? Well you could download the latest internet security software and hope it will detect, delete or repair the infected files. Many times you will have to do a re-format of your harddrive which will cause you to lose everything on your computer so be sure to save what you want first. If you do a re-format, it has to be done properly, or it will not delete the viruses. I would recommend you to contact your local computer shop.

Although Internet security and anti-virus software will protect you against these threats, no software is guaranteed to block 100% of all malware. Many of these threats are found on websites that you visit and files that you download such as video's, music and pictures. If you use peer to peer file sharing, I am sure you already know all about viruses and spyware. Want a hint? Stop downloading from those sites and you will stop getting viruses.

Okay, here are a couple internet security software programs I recommend that offer the best protection, features and support. First is Security Shield 2008, this is a rebrand of F-Secure and is absolutely amazing and easy to use. Another is Kaspersky Internet Security, another well designed software program with hourly updates.

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Republish Article: Part 1: What is the Difference Between Spyware + Adware and Computer Virus

Part 1: What is the Difference Between Spyware + Adware and Computer Virus


Computer virus VS spyware are almost the same and can cause just as much damage to the PC. Both these topics are extremely dangerous to people that surf the Internet and websites that are infected. I will give you an example of all these topics.

Spyware is software that gets installed on your PC by you downloading something from the Internet or going to a Website that is infected. The main purpose of Spyware is to install the program and to keep a track of your usage on what you are doing. One of the main things that company’s use Spyware is to gather information of the person and what website they are going to, so that they can send you spam mails and pop-ups.

Spyware can be very irritating and dangerous because they have certain executable software’s that can take a look or even log your keystrokes when you are in an important website which in tern later send the information back to the hacker. Then the hacker will basically sell the information that he has gathered to advertiser companies that look for leads in the field that they are working in.

Now adware is completely different form and it is usually free that you download from websites. Now adware also contains advertising programs in them. Now the difference with adware is that you download and install the program and you don’t know what else it is installing and Spyware usually installs itself with out you even knowing that it did.

So when you turn your computer on and it takes a while to load then with out you doing anything you notice that you are getting pop ups of advertising and certain websites open, then you can say that in most cases that your PC is infected with Spyware.

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