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You may experience a slight speed lag from time to time as the scans run, but
this is a small price to pay for keeping your machine safe.
Finally, every once in a while there may be a virus that moves across the Web so
fast that the major antivirus programs will all miss it. In almost every situation
like this, the companies will develop a specific software tool that you can
download for free, that will allow you to remove the “one that got away.”
The importance of common sense
When you were young, your mother told you not to talk to strangers. That was
good advice then, and it’s good advice now in many situations! To minimize
your computer’s exposure to viruses, be sure to observe the following guidelines:
• Never open email unless you know where it is from
• Never click on executable files in email unless you know exactly what it is,
and where it is from
• Never say “yes” to unexpected dialogue box questions when surfing the
web
• Never say “yes” to unknown download requests
Between that, and good antivirus software, it should be pretty rare for you to
have a virus on your system.
Unfortunately, Spyware and Adware are not as easily avoided.
Spyware/Adware
You may be familiar with spyware, as it has been in the news a lot in the last year
or two, and finally the major software companies are responding with updates to
their security software designed to defeat this annoying and potentially very
damaging stuff.
While spyware is, to most people, a recent phenomenon in 2005, in fact what
could be called spyware (see our definition above) effectively started back in
1996, on what at that time was the most popular ISP, America Online. There was
a piece of malicious software designed to grab confidential information of
subscribers, the so-called AOL Password Trojans.
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