Avoid Computer Viruses

This article is dedicated to teaching people how to spot and avoid viruses. There are many bad things for your computer out there: spyware, Trojans, viruses, and keyloggers just to name a common few. If you use common sense and be careful on the internet they are very easy to avoid altogether. Although I do not recommend it, I have windows firewall and uac turned off and do not have any antivirus software on my computer, and I haven't gotten a computer virus/spyware/Trojan/keylogger in a little over 4 years now.

As I said above the best way to not get anything bad onto your computer is to use common sense. This picture here is a screenshot(that "PrntScrn" button near the F1-12 buttons copies your monitor and you can paste it to paint, word, etc…) of a website that tries to trick you into thinking it is your computer.

Website pretending to be My Computer

There are many ways to tell this this is not a real threat and simply a website designed to look like "My Computer". First off you can still see your shortcut bar (favorites/links bar) and all of your tabs. Also you can clearly see that this is Firefox and not My Computer. Another hint is the url "http://antispywaremodule6.com" (not to even mention all of the other crap appended to the URL) which doesn't even remotely resemble any know or trusted company. Chances are if you have not heard of it you should search the name of the website on Google. One of the best things about the internet is that you are not the only person to wonder something; so just type your question in and most likely it has asked/answered somewhere already.

When I took all of the extra stuff off of the url and just went to http://antispywaremodule6.com I even got a warning from Firefox that this site is a Report Attack Site.

Warning from Firefox

You can't get much better than this as a warning. Just make sure that before you download anything, or even worse, purchase any "anti" virus software online that you are sure of what you are buying. If you didn't search and look for the software yourself it most likely isn't legitimate or safe.

Another safe policy to follow online is don't click anything suspicious.

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Guess what? You did not “win” anything! No company or person is just giving away free iPhones via advertisements on the web. Before you get this iPhone, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, or Toys R Us Gift card you first have to open 2 credit cards and get 5 other people to do the same. If it is too good to be true it most likely is.

On the contrary to most security "experts", I do not even recommend purchasing any antivirus software. It constantly has to monitor your files and operating system files to make sure that nothing is changing them. This constant (even if you set it to scan every X days/hours it still is constantly looking at files) scanning will slow down your computer. The more stuff that you put on your computer and do at once will slow it down. That is the same reason that most cell phones (even the iPhone) only run one process at a time, to keep it fast.

Good luck and just you common sense and you should be just fine.


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