Republish Article: Part 2 of 2: What is the Difference Between Spyware + Adware and Computer Virus

Part 2 of 2: What is the Difference Between Spyware + Adware and Computer Virus

Author: 104Inc.com

Now between the adware and spyware viruses are very bad. Now a virus can create a lot of damage and its main purpose is to spread all around your pc and duplicate it self in different areas. There main purpose is to destroy and damage as much of the operating system as they can. Which most of them cause a lot of damage when you try and load a website, dither it will take the website a long time to load or it will redirect it self to another website.

Now and days you actually need to have a good virus and a couple of good spyware software installed on your PC so that it can try and block and detect any intrusion to your PC when you search a website. Now this software’s like I said are dedicated in keeping your PC secure and protected from all the bad websites and programs out on the Internet.

One great hint that I will give you is that never download programs that you don’t know about especially anything that you find free on websites. The reason it is free is because most likely it will have additional programs in it, so when you agree to the license in the program you are also agreeing the software company to install other programs or to gather information on what websites you have been to. Most of the time people never read the license agreement and just by-pass that information.

Conclusion of the story don’t download programs you don’t know about also never download files that you get in your E-Mail from people you don’t know about. All of this is a way to expose your PC and weaken the security of it so that they can get access to your PC with or with out your knowledge.

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Republish Article: Virus – Spyware? Do You Know the Signs?

Virus – Spyware? Do You Know the Signs?

Author: Thomas W. Shay

Knowing the symptoms of a virus infection or spyware infection can save you a lot of pain. Writing down the symptons is a great first step in troubleshooting your computer. Take a notepad and write all the weird things that your computer is doing. Remember, just because you have some of these signs, that doesn’t mean you have a virus. Some of these signs also point to hardware issues and/or a issue with one of your programs.

Signs that you have a Virus / Spyware / Malware

• Computer Start-up is very slow.
• Computer runs very slow all the time, programs respond slowly.
• Popup windows pop up even when you don’t click on anything.
• Disk Drive Light is constantly flashing, which shows the PC is working in the background to run. Noticeable when you are not using the computer, but its acting like it is working.
• Computer shuts down on its own.
• Programs do not start, or run badly.
• Data Files are missing, damaged, or missing information.
• Music starts playing or pictures open on your computer.
• Computer locks up or freezes and you are not able to do anything but power off.
• Weird Error messages.
• Computer will not boot up.
• Hardware issues, like not printing, keyboard keys not working right, modem issues.
• Anti-Virus program gets disabled and you are not able to get it to work again.
• Internet Explorer Home Page is changed to another website and sometimes you are not able to change it back.
• You may get an Error Message saying you have an virus and to click here to get software that will clean the virus off your PC. This is a common trick, as they are the one’s who installed the virus on your computer. They just want you to pay for their software to remove the virus.
• New Icons on your desktop.
• Beware of emails that say you send someone a virus. Friends complain of receiving e-mails from you that are infected with a virus. Sometimes virus makers can forge your e-mail address and send e-mails out to many people that look like they are coming from your computer.
• Beware of e-mails that talk about a virus that is going around and they give examples of where to go to fix it or what to do.

Website used to check for information to find out if an e-mail is a Virus Hoax or Real. This website has lots of information about Hoaxes and Urban Legends.

Check Out: Snopes – “Rumor Has It”
http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/virus.asp

If you start seeing some of these signs, you will need to scan your computer to look for and remove virus activity. Keep your virus and spyware applications up to date with regular updates and scan your computer at least every week, if not daily. If you are connected to the internet, then at sometime you will have to deal with viruses/spyware. Get prepared now, before your computer is infected.

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Republish Article: Is Your Computer Sick?

Is Your Computer Sick?

Author: Ultimate Book Warehouse

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Introduction:


Is Your Computer Sick?

Viruses and spyware usually show up on your computer one of
two ways.

Either they invade your system with a frontal assault like
the Huns attacking the Romans, or they sneak in a back door
like a cat burglar.

Either way, once a virus or piece of spyware gets on your
system, getting it off can rate harder than curing a severe
case of trench foot!

Viruses, malicious programs designed to disrupt normal
computing, and spyware, programs intended to literally "spy"
on your activities, can enter your computer a number of
ways.

Most commonly they enter your system through an email
attachment, by sharing files with an infected computer by
disk, as a "ride along" with a 3rd party program you
install, or through a "back door" port in your computer.

Regardless of how they get on your system, once in place,
they cause no end of headaches and frustration.

The following represent typical signs you may suffer from
infection by a virus or piece of spyware.

Your computer starts acting oddly by doing things it never
did previously.

Your modem starts trying to dial out to the Internet without
you initiating a surfing session.

You notice that files start disappearing, the system stalls,
runs slowly, or even crashes frequently.

Your computer takes progressively longer to boot up every
time you start it or you notice that your available hard
drive space has disappeared. Strange popup windows appear,
even when you're not surfing the web, or you delete a
program and it "magically" reappears next time you boot the
system.

If you suspect you a virus or a piece of spyware has invaded
your computer, follow these steps to first identify and then
delete the offending code:

Step 1 – Back up your important files, but remember to scan
these files for viruses before reinstalling to avoid
accidentally re-infecting your system.

Step 2 – Update your anti-virus definitions and perform a
scan of your hard drive.

If you don't carry virus protection, or you suspect your
anti-virus software got corrupted somehow, then log on to
www.pandasoftware.com and use the free Panda Active Scan
service to check your hard drive for viruses.

Follow the instructions for quarantining and removing the
offending files.

Step 3 – Scan your hard drive with an adware, scumware, or
spyware detection and removal tool like Adaware
www.lavasoft.de/support/download/ or Spybot
http://spybot.safer-networking.de/.

Step 4 – In many cases, when the virus or spyware program
gets installed with a free utility or game you download from
the Web, you must usually uninstall the utility or game to
finally get rid of the problem once and for all.

Step 5 – Avoid re-infection by keeping your anti-virus and
firewall up-to-date at all times.

As a last resort, if you run into a program you simply can't
get rid of, but can figure out the offending file's name, do
a search for the file name on Google.com. Often you will
find you're not the first victim and may get valuable advice
for cleaning up your system.

However, be very careful of the information you find and
think twice before modifying any system files.

 

 

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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

Author: 104Inc.com

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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Republish Article: The Best Ways To Protect Yourself From Spyware

The Best Ways To Protect Yourself From Spyware

Author: Emil Duane Hosier

Spyware refers to a specific type of illegal software that can either display unwanted advertisements or track your personal information, all without your knowledge or consent. The most serious danger of spyware is that it can collect information about you, including the websites you visited and even worse, your unique usernames and passwords.You can find many softwares that can provide spy ware scan. Apparently, spyware is deadly to your PC or yourself, but we will explore ways that you can protect yourself from it.

Some Common Spyware Symptoms If you notice your PC running slower than usual or exhibiting any other unusual behavior, it may be a sign of spyware. Spyware has been known to bounce back e-mails or send emails without your knowledge. It can also appear to "haunt" your PC, opening your CD drives or placing unknown icons on your desktop.

Avoid Phishing Scams "Phishing" is the attempt to collect sensitive data (usernames, passwords, secure financial information) while appearing to be a reliable and legitimate entity. Phishing scams often arrive in your email inbox or as an instant message from auction sites or social networking sites, etc. The e-mails link to sites that look almost identical to the legitimate site.

Never download an email attachment unless you know who the email is from. In Point Of Fact, we would go as far to suggest not opening every single attachment from trusted sources too. So what do you do? You can not treat every email as dubious, can you? Sure you can, but you don't have to be paranoid. The easiest thing to do is to simply read the mail. Hopefully, you know your contacts to some degree and can ascertain if something in the body of the email sounds fishy. If you are not sure, best to call the person and ask!

Email continues to get safer and safer. Most email providers employ complex filters that do their best to ensure reliable transmission. Providers all give you the option to scan your email attachments before downloading, but you want to use proper judgement in sending out your confidential info to questionable internet sites. As A Matter Of Fact, if in doubt do not reply to the electronic mail. Looking to find the best deal on spy ware scan, then visit www.freepcvirusscan.com to find the best advice on house call scan for you.

 

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