Ways to Be Protected From Viruses and Spyware

People are starting to wake up to the fact that the internet is not always a friendly place, we’ve all heard the horror stories of identity theft, compromised PC’s that become slower or unstable, lost or stolen data. Every home computer and office workstation connected to the Internet is at risk of being infected by a spybot, spyware, adware, trojan viruses and worms.

But the good news is that there are steps you can takes to protect your PC and personal information. Below are a few uncomplicated things that will help you in preventing malicious spybots, trojans and worms from infecting your system and accessing your information.

New spyware is created and flooded in the net. You need anti spyware with the latest spyware definition to detect and remove any new spyware. There are high quality spyware remover, adware removal, and anti-virus and firewall programs out there for just a few dollars. Also you should keep your preventative programs up to date. Almost all of them have update feature available. It will only take a few moments, and if you don’t keep these programs current then you might as well not even have them. Install all Windows security updates and patches too.

Opening emails from unknown senders is invitation to hackers get into your home or office. Don't click on links or attachments/downloads in an email message unless you are 100% sure of who sent it, and why. Never use the login form of any web site page that you arrived at from an email link. This is the most common way identity theft occurs. Someone sends you an email that looks like it came from your bank, credit card company or some other financial institution and asks you to login to your account, with a link to the login page provided in the email. The problem is that it’s fake. Even if it looks like you have been taken to your bank’s web site, you are more likely on a special landing page that was made to fool you. Then when you enter your normal login data on the page, they are waiting to capture it and within seconds your real account has been emptied. If you think an email from your bank or credit card company is real, then visit their site by typing the actual address into your web browser yourself and find out. But do not use the link in that email.

Is your computer unusually slow? Do you receive random pop-up notifications when you are browsing the Internet? Does your browser or any other program function improperly or crash without notification? These are just some of the symptoms that your computer was infected by spyware already. That does not mean that it is too late. There are still some actions that you can take to remove the spyware and get your computer back to a healthy state. The best, fastest, and most effective way of removing spyware is of course getting specialized software to remove it for you.