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Security Software Basics
Today’s threats are varied, sophisticated, and continue to adapt in order to get past your defenses. And that means that going online without essential protection in place on your computer is no longer an option.
The best ways to stay secure online are to prepare your PC with the right tools, and to use caution and common sense whenever you use the Internet. Updated spyware and virus protection with real-time monitoring are important tools in keeping spyware and malware from infecting your computer. An up-to-date firewall is another security must-have. These three elements provide fundamental security to your PC, and are essential to protect your information and your privacy.
What exactly are these tools and why are they necessary?
Anti-spyware software. Spyware attaches itself to individual computers to perform functions like monitoring Internet navigation and stealing information. Spyware can track your personal data and then send it to cyber criminals. Anti-spyware software can protect your computer by providing real-time protection against malware, spyware, and adware installations, as well as by detecting and removing such programs that are already installed on your computer.
Anti-virus software. A virus is code that recursively replicates a possibly evolved copy of itself. Viruses use computers to spread from one to another. They often perform a function that can erase files and processes from your computer. Anti-virus software can protect your computer from a range of cyber threats like viruses, worms, rootkits, and phishing attacks. The software keeps you protected by scanning files to look for known viruses, and by using what is known as heuristics to identify suspicious behavior which may indicate a threat.
Firewall. A firewall works as a barrier between your PC and cyberspace. When you are connected to the Internet, you are constantly sending and receiving information in small units called packets. The firewall filters these packets to see if they meet certain criteria set by a series of rules, and thereafter blocks or allows the data. A firewall provides critical protection to keep your PC safe from unauthorized access, yet it cannot remove malware from a system that has already been infected; therefore it should be used in conjunction with anti-spyware and antivirus software.
At Popup Remover, it is our mission to provide the solutions needed to protect against today’s varied threat landscape. To help you fight the malware battle, the adware product lineup includes the following stand-alone and combined tools:
Combining our legendary anti-spyware with a powerful antivirus, Popup Remover free enhances them with real-time protection, download protection and continuously updated filters against malicious URLs, providing top-of-the-line anti-malware protection for the casual computer user.
Popup Remover provides a complete set of anti-phishing features and real-time web-filtering technology that safeguards your PC against phishing attacks and online scams, giving you the confidence you need to shop and bank online.
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How To Clean Temporary Internet Files Folder
Temporary Internet Files is a folder on Microsoft Windows which contains Web page content that is stored on your hard disk. Internet Explorer and other web browsers uses this directory to cache pages and other multimedia content, such as video and audio files, from websites you visit. This feature improves network performance allowing such websites to load more quickly the next time you visit them.
To clean the Temporary Internet Files folder, proceed through the steps listed below:
- Open either Internet Explorer (8.0) or the Control Panel.
- With Internet Explorer, click the Tools menu and then click Internet Options…
- With Control Panel, double-click Internet Options.
- In either case, the Internet Properties window appears.
- On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History.
- With the Delete Browsing History dialog box, select the Temporary Internet Files check box, and then click Delete.
- Click OK.
The History Of Spyware
Virtually everyone with a computer has now heard of spyware, but where and when did it rear its ugly head for the first time? Here is a little history…
The word ‘spyware’ was used for the first time publicly in October 1995. It popped up on Usenet (a distributed Internet discussion system in which users post e-mail like messages) in an article aimed at Microsoft’s business model. In the years that followed though, spyware often referred to ‘snoop equipment’ such as tiny, hidden cameras. It re-appeared in a news release for a personal firewall product in early 2000, marking the beginning of the modern usage of the word.
In 1999, Steve Gibson of Gibson Research detected advertising software on his computer and suspected it was actually stealing his confidential information. The so-called adware had been covertly installed and was difficult to remove, so he decided to counter-attack and develop the first ever anti-spyware program, OptOut.
How To Detect Malware Infection On Your Computer
Let’s be honest, no one wants to own a computer that is infected with malicious programs. Therefore, it is imperative to practice safe computing habits. You can avoid most malware just by staying away from a few common traps.
Cyber criminals are constantly trying to find holes or vulnerabilities to exploit, and new threats are emerging every day on the web. To stay protected, it is important to have the latest version of the software you are using.
Unfortunately, every so often malware get beyond our defenses even though we are careful. Maybe our anti-virus software is out of date or has been compromised by a particularly clever bit of code. Perhaps we clicked on a link by accident and activated a virus. Or someone else used our computer and downloaded some malware by mistake.
5 Symptoms that Your Computer is Infected with Malware:
1. Your computer is running extremely slow.
This might be a symptom of an infection by a malware. If your computer has been infected by a virus, worm or Trojan, they could be running tasks that take up a lot of resources making your computer system run more slowly than usual. If you are not running a resource-heavy application but your computer is very slow, you might have a computer virus.
2. Beware of pop-ups!
If you encounter alarming pop-up messages while surfing the internet, claiming a virus has been detected on your computer and that you should download software to get rid of it. Watch out! These forms of communications are often scams to trick you into downloading software that can jeopardize the safety of your computer. If these messages did not come from your own anti-virus or anti-spyware applications, don’t trust it! There is either spyware on the computer or it has been infected by a bogus antivirus (also called as a “rogue”).
3. Your computer has gone unstable.
That is another sign that something is wrong with your computer. Most malware messes around with important files that halt your computer running properly. That could cause your computer to crash. If your computer crashes when you try to run a specific application or open a particular file that tells you that something has corrupted the data. It could be malware.
4. Your Antivirus and firewall protection is unexpectedly disabled.
This is yet another common characteristic that your computer may be infected. If all of your security components such as your antivirus and firewall have automatically been disabled without your consent, it is most likely a malware has deactivated your antivirus protection. For that reason, you should continuously check that your antivirus is working and running at full protection.
5. Unfamiliar and peculiar error messages.
If you are continuously getting error messages indicating that your programs won’t run or your files won’t open, it might be another sign of infection.
Other possible indicators that suggest something is wrong with your computer include:
- Strange messages indicating that you can’t access certain drives on your computer.
- Hardware such as USB keys and printers are not responding to commands.
- File sizes are fluctuating even if you aren’t accessing those files.