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Stop Computer Viruses, Spyware and Hacker Attacks
by Kwan H Lo
New computer viruses, spyware and hacker attacks are coming out every day.
Be a smart consumer, know the difference of these security threats and
choose the software carefully.
The number of computer viruses, spyware and hacker attacks is increasing
at enormous speed every year. These security problems can cause mild to
severe damage to the computer, including system crash, loss or corruption
of files, bank and identity theft. Nevertheless, many PC users still
overlook the importance of antivirus, antispyware and firewall software.
To protect your PC, consumers are advised to follow these simple steps:
1) Educate yourself about the nature of computer viruses, hackers and
spyware, choose the software program suitable for your need.
Computer viruses, hackers and spyware are different security threats. Each
of them requires dedicated software for its own purpose. For example, an
antivirus program detects and removes computer viruses, but it cannot
detect most of the spyware programs which are usually bundled with free
download, nor can it block hacker attack. Likewise, a personal firewall
cannot protect the computer from viruses and spyware.
2) Renew the license of your antivirus, firewall and antispyware software
annually. New computer viruses and spyware can escape the detection of
outdated database. Update the software weekly for full protection.
3) Select the antivirus, firewall and antispyware software carefully. Do
not download or run any free scans unless you have conducted thorough
research on the software publishers.
There are many reports that some free downloads installed hidden
applications to the computer. Others used outdated database for scanning.
Using these antivirus and antispyware software can damage your computer
system, create security holes and provide a false sense of security. Buy
only from reputable software publishers, such as Symantec, McAfee, Trend
Micro, Zone Labs, Webroot, PC Tools.
To find out more information about viruses, hackers and spyware, and how
to choose the best
antivirus, antispyware, firewall software, please visit the following