This guide is purely based on my knowledge and experience,feel free to add and point If there has been any harm before,- NP
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What is Virus ?
A virus is simply a program that spreads itself. It should not necessarily be a malicious program, although they normally are.They can be written using programing languages.
Owning a anti-virus software and update it is enough i think,as much as we can do. Some of the most popular antivirus software makers are Grisoft,Norton, McAfee , and Panda Software. The prices on these products generally range from . While they are all excellent, As much as we pay for AV IT CAN ALSO BE GOTTON free. avg ANTI VIRUS is a great antivirus program that is free for personal use. It is a fully functional antivirus program that is easy to download and install. iT INDEED IS A PERSONAL, but you do also have choice to upgrade into the professional edition...while for normal home user FREE EDITION will do the job. I would highly recommend giving AVG a try out first if you're in the market for antivirus. Save Money!
There are also other AV in the market which are free but ridiculous, My experience with clamwin AV is ridiculous.
SOME FREE ONLINE ANTIVIRUS SCANS
Sometimes you may find yourself in need of an antivirus scan, You may also not yet have AV, So thanks god we have free online Virus scanners, such as...
Trend Micro House Call
Panda Antivirus Scan
SPYWARE SMASHING PROPAGATION
WHAT IT DOES?
This is the MAJOR pain,in todays cyberworld. As much frustration we have with virii's we have equal frustration with spywares.
According to dictionery.com defines Spyware as "any software that covertly gathers information about a user while he/she navigates the Internet and transmits the information to an individual or company that uses it for marketing or other purposes; also called adware." Spyware is increasingly becoming a security and privacy concern for home users. While some users are not as concerned with the privacy violations of spyware, there are other affects of spyware that are derogatory.
It can, for eg, hijack your homepage (change it and not allow you to change it back), spawn popup ads (even with popup blocking software), and add irremovable bookmarks. Also, as they are running processes they will consume system resources.PC goes so slow...(this is a symption,even if you feel right that you have nothing) While one piece alone would not consume very much processing power, when you have fifty pieces installed it starts to add up. I have seen this, been through this and hunted in here
Edited by Negative Phreek, 29 January 2005 - 10:45 AM.