How do you prevent viruses from being installed?
- Create another user with “Resticted Privileges.” Logging on to a computer with a user that cannot install software helps keep “the bad stuff” out.
- Keep Windows up to date. Most viruses and spyware are written to exploit Microsoft Windows–this runs most of the computers. Installing updates when alerted helps close these vulnerabilities.
- Use a reputable Antivirus/Antispyware program. There are many excellent programs on the market, some for a cost and others for free. Here is a link to help evaluate your needs: http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,4796,00.asp. Again, keep it up to date!
If all of your preventative measures fail and your computer exhibits tell-tale signs of virus/spyware activity such as very slow Internet browsing, numerous pop-ups, or the inability to connect to the Internet or restrictions on where you can go, come see us!
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By the Numbers
The numbers quoted below are from Lavasoft’s site, a reputable antispyware company, and they are staggering.
100 – 150 million
Estimated number of PCs on the Internet
that are under the control of hackers.
Percentage of people that accept End User License Agreements
without reading the text, according to a Lavasoft poll.
Number of people who responded to a Lavasoft poll
that they have been a victim of a phishing attack.
With a total of 4,966 people answering the Lavasoft survey,
nearly half of those surveyed have been scammed by a phisher.
Estimated timeframe for how often Zlob Trojans update
and change in order to avoid detection, according to Lavasoft researchers.