Computer Protection – Viruses and Spyware

All computers in this world are prone to various virus attacks. Therefore, all computers need to have their own security systems to protect themselves against any such harmful attacks. Computers require certain software that acts as security software and does the task of virus scan and protect the computers against spyware. Computers also need security from worms, Trojan horses, key loggers, or hackers that may steal the confidential financial information such as credit card numbers and internet passwords.

To protect your computer against any virus attack or the dangers of the spyware, computers must have some sort of antivirus software. Anti virus programs will ensure that your computer scans any material that is downloaded on your computer. If there is any virus present in the document or the program, the antivirus prompts the you to either clean the document or not to open it or download it. If the computer contains a firewall, it functions in a similar manner for the purp

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Spyware, Viruses, Malware, Worms, Trojan Horses, and Adware: Symptoms, Solutions, and Prevention

Virus:

A Virus or Computer Virus is a self-replicating program or piece of script or code that make copies of itself and then either attaches itself to an existing file on the infected system or store copies of itself on the system with innocuous sounding names like ‘repair tool’.

The virus is limited to spread itself only by either being transmitted or sent by an unwitting user or carried on a portable storage medium from one system to another. However, if a virus gets embedded somewhere on a network drive then anyone who opens or clicks on the infected document or file can end up getting infected as well.

Spyware:

Spyware is software that gathers information about a users Internet habits, browsing patterns, email passwords, usernames and even credit card information, in essence, ‘spying’ on the hapless user. This type of software usually gets installed without the knowledge of the user and can transmit the collected data to a thi

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How to Tell You Have Spyware, Ad-ware or Viruses

Usually, the easiest way to tell you have spyware is because your PC is running at a reduced speed. The other way to check is to hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and hit task manager (if you have windows service pack 2. If you have before SP2, then this should automatically bring up the task manager).

Once the task manager is open, check your running processes under the “Processes” tab. If you see a lot of strange processes running you don’t recognize, you likely are infected with spyware, ad-ware or viruses.

An example of strange processes would be a fgkosk.exe or copies of the same process running twice. Some “smart” spyware can actually disguise itself as other windows processes – you can tell this if you have copies of processes running. Don’t end task anything you’re not sure of – besides, most of these files are actually able to resume themselves after you close them as they’re in your windows registry.

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