Most people have virus protection software installed on their computers. This does a reasonable job protecting them from viruses, but it doesn’t do much in the way of protecting them from other malware programs. A virus is a program that can replicate itself and spread to other machines across the Internet.. I can do things like delete file sand reformat your hard drive.
Adware, is a program that gets downloaded onto your computer and starts displaying ads when you are connected to the Internet.
Spyware collects information about you and transmits it to interested parties.
Browser hijacking software, which is one many have been accustomed to being infected with installs toolbars and ads in your browser and changes your default search provider.
All of these programs are malware, but in most cases it’s only viruses that get quarantined by your virus protection software. And while these others types aren’t as serious, if you don’t get rid of them they compromise your security and suck the memory out of your computer. Eventually, you see your computer taking longer to do certain tasks. It takes longer to boot up programs, browsers, and the computer becomes sluggish. Worse yet, errors start cropping up in programs you’re running, all due to the fact that your computer is struggling to find enough memory to complete the operations, but the malware is using to much of your systems memory.
People will often take their computers into a tech shop every so often to have it cleaned out. But in most cases you can do this yourself and save yourself some money. A book being offered at Amazon, is called DIY: Spyware Removal. It shows you how to install the 3 most popular anti-malware programs and gives you step-by-step instructions, with screenshots for every step. It’s a very useful guide for anyone who finds it difficult to install programs.
The book provides links where you can download Spybot, Ad-aware Antivirus, and MalwareBytes. But do not download the programs from those links. The links all lead to the popular software repository called Cnet, and it isn’t safe to download the programs from there. When you click on a link to download the program you want at Cnet, you are actually installing their installer program. It installs its own malware on your computer, so you’re defeating the purpose. You’re better off to the download the programs from here:
MalwareBytes requires you to register before you download their program, but it’s safe enough to do so. They don’t fill up your inbox with a lot of useless spam.
If you need the step-by-step instructions, get DIY: Spyware Removal. But use it for a reference only. Download the programs from the links above.
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