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Below are tips to better care for your computer

Reducing Spam:

 

SPAM—electronic junk mail, junk newsgroup postings, and unwanted / unsolicited mail from the Internet. Generally, spam is advertising for some product. Pop up messages are not considered spam. Because the Internet is public, there is little that can be done to prevent spam. However, there are some quick tips below to avoid spam. 

 

-Do not reveal your main email address in any contest, query, profile, or guest book.

 

-Set up an alternate e-mail address from your main one and use this when signing up for any sort of promotion, mail list, etc. Sites like Yahoo and MSN offer free e-mail addresses and are great for such purposes.

 

-Do not reply to “unsubscribe” spam links. What this does is actually verify to the sender that your e-mail address is valid, and will generate more spam from other sources.

                       

-Do not forward your personal email to people you do not know.

 

 

Virus Threats:

 

What is a virus?
A computer virus is a small program written to alter the way a computer operates, without the permission or knowledge of the user.

 

Some viruses are programmed to damage the computer by damaging programs, deleting files, or reformatting the hard disk. Others are not designed to do any damage, but simply to replicate themselves and make their presence known by presenting text, video, and audio messages. Even these benign viruses can create problems for the computer user. They typically take up computer memory used by legitimate programs. As a result, they often cause erratic behavior and can result in system crashes. In addition, many viruses are bug-ridden, and these bugs may lead to system crashes and data loss.

 

 

Please see the Symantec and/or McAfee website for further info on viruses and how to prevent them.

 

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/pfdocs/1999041209131148

 

http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?cid=10371

 

Spyware/Adware:

 

What is Spyware?

Spyware is software or hardware installed on a computer without the user's knowledge which gathers information about that user for later retrieval by whomever controls the spyware.

 

Advertising spyware logs information about the user, possibly including passwords, email addresses, web browsing history, online buying habits, the computer's hardware and software configuration, the name, age, sex, etc of the user. Some of the biggest culprits of spreading Spyware are Bearshare, Kazaa, Imesh, Limewire, just to name a few- all of these products install multiple advertising spyware applications.

 

The following are clues that your PC is infected with Spyware:

              You see pop-up advertisements even when you're not on the Web.

        The page your Web browser first opens to (your home page) or your browser search settings have changed without your knowledge.

        You notice a new toolbar in your browser that you didn't want, and find it difficult to get rid of.

        Your computer takes longer than usual to complete certain tasks.

        You experience a sudden rise in computer crashes.

Pop-Ups:

Like many surfers, you are probably tired of surfing the net and having windows upon windows sprung open all across your screen bring your internet connection to a crawl. These new windows contain ads for products you are most likely not interested in. Then, as you frustratingly attempt to close each and every new window, they spring new windows on you.

Eliminate those annoying pop-up and pop-under ads today!  Fight back and install a blocker now.....  (click on the links provided below) 

 

Free Anti Virus software
 
Free Online Virus Scanner (McAfee)
 
Free Antivirus Trialware (Symantec)
 
Free Spyware Removal
Ad-Aware
Spybot
 
CNET Spyware Center
 
Free Pop-Up Blocker
(Inlcuded with MSN Toolbar)
(Inlcuded with Google Toolbar)
 
Email SPAM Removal
 
One Stop Center - (antivirus, spam, pop-ups, spyware)
 
Firewalls & Internet Security
 

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