SPAM, SPYWARE AND “SCAREWARE”

“ScareWare” is a new term for an old problem: screen messages from bad guys trying to get you to buy something you shouldn’t.
These are often messages that pop-up on your computer screen telling you you’re in trouble and you should buy some program that will fix everything. A common one tells you to buy a “registry cleaner.” It’s hard to see who really needs this. Your computer’s registry doesn’t get “dirty,” takes up very little space, and attempts to clean it can cause more harm than good. “Scareware,” according to McAfee Labs, has increased more than 600% in the last two years.
That’s not the only problem computer users face. What should you do when your email inbox is full of spam, and your computer fills up with viruses and spyware? There are programs like Kaspersky Internet Security, $25 from download.com, that handle all those problems well. We use Avast for anti-virus, Gmail to filter out spam and “Anti-Malware” to get rid of spyware.
Avast from Avast.com and “Anti-Malware” from malwarebytes.org both come in a free and paid version. With “Anti-Malware,” the only difference between the two is that the free version helps you after you have a problem and the paid version prevents problems from happening in the first place.

image“ScareWare” is a new term for an old problem: screen messages from bad guys trying to get you to buy something you shouldn’t.

These are often messages that pop-up on your computer screen telling you you’re in trouble and you should buy some program that will fix everything. A common one tells you to buy a “registry cleaner.” It’s hard to see who really needs this. Your computer’s registry doesn’t get “dirty,” takes up very little space, and attempts to clean it can cause more harm than good. “Scareware,” according to McAfee Labs, has increased more than 600% in the last two years.

That’s not the only problem computer users face. What should you do when your email inbox is full of spam, and your computer fills up with viruses and spyware? There are programs like Kaspersky Internet Security, $25 from download.com, that handle all those problems well. We use Avast for anti-virus, Gmail to filter out spam and “Anti-Malware” to get rid of spyware.

Avast from Avast.com and “Anti-Malware” from malwarebytes.org both come in a free and paid version. With “Anti-Malware,” the only difference between the two is that the free version helps you after you have a problem and the paid version prevents problems from happening in the first place.

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