Viruses as we have known them for years are just about a thing of the past. That's not to say they're no more threats, just that they have shifted away from viruses to Malware/Trojans. Let's start out by defining each item.
Virus: a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer; "a true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance"
Malware: short for malicious software, is software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.
As you can see, Viruses are limited to their reproduction and need a human to help transmit them. They are generally made just to cause damage. Malware is capable of controlling the computer and propagating to other systems available to it whether by direct connection such as on your home network or via the internet. They can take control of your e-mail, your social networking accounts and also record your information for months all the while transmitting this information to the host computer of the authors choosing.
The potential for damage to your data and personal information is much higher with Malware. Their intent is to steal your information and spread themselves onto other systems.
Preventing Malware infections.
So, let's get to the meat of the article and what your really reading to find out. How do I prevent my computer from being infected? The single biggest factor in preventing a malware infection on your PC is you. You don't need to be an expert or have special training. You just need to avoid downloading and installing anything you don't understand or trust, no matter how tempting, from the any of the following list of sources:
Websites: If you visit a website and are unsure about something your being asked to download or install, don't. You can always leave, research it and go back and install it again after it's deemed safe. Like I always say, "When in doubt click out!" Check with a trusted source about the software and site.
So I have been testing Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for about a month now. I decided to give it a go after hearing so many people rave about it. I grabbed it off their website for $39.99, and of course as with just about all anti-virus software that is the yearly renewal fee as well. Which is a reasonable price for anti-virus software. The set up and installation were straight forward and simple. I installed Kaspersky on a Dell Optiplex running Windows XP Pro, and the same system with Windows 7 home premium.
We'll start with the 2nd most important factor when choosing an anti-virus, does it slow your system down? Prior to the test these system had Avast Free Anti-Virus on them. Ask anyone and they will tell you that Avast is very easy on the system resources and I have to say I noticed no difference after installing Kaspersky. It ran nice and quiet in the background and aside from the icon I didn't know it was there.
I am extremely impressed with it so far. Over the last 4 weeks I have collected and attempted to infect the system with Viruses, spyware, malware, scareware and it has held the line. Catching every single threat I threw at it.
Overall, I would say Kaspersky 2012 is a fine product and live up well to the hype around it as of late.
Keep yourself constantly ahead of the cybercriminals and defend your computer against malware and other types of threats thanks to Kaspersky Lab’s relentless expertise and constantly enhanced protection technologies.
Check website and file reputations quickly and easily
Links to websites are marked with color-coded tags that show their danger levels and allow you to decide if you want to open or block an online resource. With a single mouse click, you can check file safety against Kaspersky Lab’s authoritative, cloud-based information about known and emerging malware threats.
Enjoy fast and efficient PC performance
Minimize impact on your computer’s performance when browsing the Internet, watching videos and communicating online with the help of the smart PC resource management technologies inside Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012.
Get smart, frequent updates as soon as they are available
No need to worry about updating your Kaspersky Lab PC security software: updates install automatically to minimize your network traffic and download time and dramatically reduce your computer’s resource consumption.
Navigate around the completely redesigned interface quickly and easily
The state-of-the-art new interface shows your computer’s protection status at-a-glance and makes managing computer security easy.
System Watcher Protects your PC against unknown threats and lets you roll back system changes made by malware Improved!
Kaspersky File Advisor Allows you to check file safety with a single click of the mouse New!
Kaspersky URL Advisor Marks web links with a color-coded tag to advise you of their danger level Improved!
Anti-Phishing module Warns about phishing sites that steal personal data Improved!
Task Manager Allows you to monitor malware scanning activities as they happen New!
Completely redesigned interface Makes navigating around the PC security program quick and easy New!
Desktop gadget Lets you see your computer’s security status instantly and gives you quick access to essential security settings inside Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012 Improved!
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:02
Shopping for a computer? Must know tech terms
People that are unfamiliar with the technical terms used in basic computing can quickly become overwhelmed in the aisles of their local computer store.Luckily, you've found this article and after reading it will without a doubt have a much better understanding of these terms.
The word PC is a commonly used term for the word computer. PC is short for personal computer and this phrase can pretty much describe any computer, it is commonlyassociated with machines that run a Windows operating system.
The operating system on a computer is the major piece of software that determines which applications you can run and how you can communicate with the computer itself. Some popular operating systems are Windows, Unix,Linux, and Mac OS X.
When shopping for a new computerthere are different types of PCs that you can choose from. For example, there aretowers, laptops, and net books. Each one has different advantages and disadvantages, and each usually come with its own pre-installed operating system.
The computer is one of the most important inventions to have taken place in the 20th century, which has grown over several decades contributing to the growth and changes in human learning and behavior. Today the computer is an essential part of human life without which they cannot do their day-to-day tasks.
This amazing machine has made life easier for most people and contributed to their overall growth. Today almost all household have at least one computer but the most important question that arises here is, if the owner is concerned about the proper maintenance of the machine or not.
Most people either fail or forget to properly maintain their computer from both internal and external threats that can seriously jeopardize the functioning of the machine. However, with just a few important tips you can effectively maintain your computer and can keep its functioning as good as ever.
Here are a few essential maintenance tips to keep your computer stable and in a perfect condition: