VIRUSES, WORMS, SPYWARE & SPAM
internet is an amazing place that allows each and
every one of us easy access to a wide variety of resources.
Unfortunately, there is an increasing amount of viruses,
worms, spyware and spam that can easily infect your
computer. Your computer in fact may already be infected
and you may not even know it. If your computer is
unusually slow or crashes periodically, it may be
infected. In fact, if you do not address the problem
with this computer it may in fact infect other computers
on your network. The result of a virus or worm attack
can include an inability to access the internet, missing
icons on your desktop, missing files and many other
potential problems. There are ways, however, that
you can fight back. Of course before making any changes
to your computer, it is always a good idea to make
1. Run Microsoft Windows Update often.
With new viruses and worms constantly being created,
it is important to keep the Microsoft Windows operating
system up to date. Go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
and follow the instructions on screen. By installing
the critical updates found on the Windows Update website,
you are greatly reducing the chances of your computer
from becoming infected.
the virus pattern of your Anti-Virus software frequently.
Almost all Anti-Virus software programs update automatically,
but you will want to check to make sure that this
process is taking place. If a new virus is introduced
and your pattern file is out of date, you will not
be adequately protected against this new threat.
Spyware and Adware.
When you visit websites or install new software, you
may be inadvertently installing Spyware and Adware
onto your computer. Spyware and Adware allows third
parties to: (a) monitor the use of your computer over
the internet and (b) market specific products to you
on the internet based upon the use of your computer.
Go to http:///www.download.com in order to download
and install: (1) Ad-aware, (2) Spybot - Search &
Destroy and (3) Spyware Blaster. Properly updated,
these three programs will remove all known Spyware
A large number of worms and viruses are distributed
through spam email. The first step in preventing spam
is to not post your email address on a website. If
you need to provide a means for potential clients
to contact you, you can do so but you will want a
web designer to implement this procedure for you.
For more information regarding this process, you can
robots on the internet have already picked up your
email address, you will of course want to use some
form of spam prevention. Many web based mail programs
already allow you the ability to prevent spam. However,
many mail clients on business networks do not have
this functionality. There are a variety of products
in the marketplace to address this problem, but one
of the most popular is http://www.spamarrest.com.
By using Spamarrest.com, you manage who you allow
or do not allow to receive email from. When someone
sends you an email for the first time, they must verify
that they sent you an email. If they do not, the email
is placed in your unverified folder on Spamarrest.com’s
web servers. All blocked mail is then placed in Spamarrest.com’s
spam folder. Meanwhile all approved mail is sent as
it normally would directly to your computer’s Inbox.
the software described here is easily used, different
hardware and software configurations can lead to unexpected
results that may damage your computer. If you are
experiencing difficulties with viruses, worms, spyware
or spam, we would be very happy to assist you. Please
feel free to give us a call at (541) 345-0408.
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