PC TOPICS

Why does my Computer have Viruses, Malware?

Windows PC’s are subject on a huge amount of viruses and malware because they are an open platform where anyone can produce applications for its' systems. In fact the codes for creating these threats are available on the internet, and threats can be produced by anyone. The reason it has become such a problem is the huge amounts of money that can be made in collecting your personal data, your surfing habits, or installing malicious software on your system. These threats can come from many sources including EMAIL, Web Surfing, using infected disks, or through Local Networks. You can minimize the risks by installing an antivrus program and ensuring it is updated frequently. It is important to maintain safe Web Surfing habits, and ensure your EMAIL is protected.

Why does my Email get so much SPAM?

The one answer for that question is MONEY. Spam makes money, and there are people on the internet that are willing to produce spam in order to collect user statistics. The money generally comes from the marketing industry. In some cases the SPAM itself is an infection that turns your computer into a SPAM mailing system. It will hijack your contact list and propagate that list across the Web. This type of SPAM is called a BOT NET, meaning Robot Network. SPAM blockers are helpful.

WEB Surfing Traps.

Any sites that attract a large number of viewers are going to lure the criminal element as well. Dating Sites, Social Networking Sites are primary locations for the “Posers”. Send NO MONEY to anyone on the net unless you really know who they are, even then make sure to contact them in person to verify you are not being conned.

HELP ME FROM A FRIEND

Picture this, you receive and urgent request from a real friend of yours on your social website like Facebook, MySpace. They say they are in trouble, “Lost their wallet on vacation” The problem is this isn’t your friend reaching for help, fact is your friend never sent the message, and isn’t even aware of the bogus email. Think three times before sending any money, and contact your friend to let them know their computer may be infected with viruses. These are cyber criminals looking for easy cash. They have gotten the contact list from your friend’s computer and sent out the “Help Me” mail to everyone on the mail list in hopes someone will bite.

HIDDEN CHARGES

Be very careful not to sign up for hidden charges billed to your cell phone bill. Picture this simple ad about quizzing your IQ but could be about anything. You answer the questions in the quiz and fill out your contact info and phone number. You get a text message on your phone telling you of your genius. But, you also get a $9.95 bill every month for a subscription to some service. Don’t be a genius, don’t fall for these traps.

PHISHING FOR YOUR PASSWORD

You get an email saying something like your picture has been posted of you drunk and naked on Facebook, or Twitter, or MySpace, or some social website. The link takes you to MySpace and you log in. The problem is the MySpace you just logged into was not MySpace but a fake page used by cyber-criminals to get your passwords. Now they can take your MySpace Page and imbed viruses and other cyber criminal tool onto your profile. Anyone viewing your pages now has a trap for infection. As well as the chain mails off of your contact lists, and more. This process is called phishing. Browsers and Internet security have Anti-Phishing build into them, make sure your logging into the page you think you are. Don’t fall for alarming messages about you. The topic of the link can be almost anything. We have seen messages saying your website is breaking copy write laws, and when you open the “Case Number’ you get a pack of viruses. Be very careful no to fall for these traps.

Windows Recommended Software.

All software listed is free and recommended and used by Absolute Computer Design. In all cases Absolute DOES NOT ADD ANY EXTRAS TO THE INSTALL including Free Mcafee, Free Toolbars, any extras included in the base install of these free packages.

SUN OPEN OFFICE – a free Microsoft Office compatible productivity suite http://www.openoffice.org/

SUN JAVA - a free utility required to view many windows pages. http://www.java.com/en/

ADOBE FLASH PLAYER – a free utility required to view many windows pages http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer

ADOBE ACROBATE READER – Read PDF files stored on the web, free reader click on ADOBE READER icon. http://www.adobe.com/downloads

MOZILLA FIREFOX – a free web browser. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US

MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD3 – a Microsoft Outlook compatable email system http://www.mozilla.com/en-US

GOOGLE PICASA – a photo organizer system works with your camera too, easy to use. http://picasa.google.com

GOOGLE EARTH – a earth viewing program to locate and view any part of the earth. http://earth.google.com

AVG – Free antivirus software http://free.avg.com select free option only BASIC PROTECTION!

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