Top 10 Antivirus Software

1 Avast
2 AVG
3 Avira
4 ESET
5 Kaspersky
6 Norton
7 Panda Security
8 McAfee
9 Trend Micro
10 ZoneAlarm

 


Computer Security Tips

The Difference of Adware, Spyware and Anti-virus

Adware and spyware, knowing the basics

Adware Spyware Remover from Trend Micro Systems

Phishing For Your Identity

Computer and Internet Security Issues that you Should Know

How to Reduce Spam in Your Inbox and Enhance Your Email Security

Strategies To Fight Email Spam

Problems With Spam? Learn How To Treat It.

Computer Viruses an Over View.

Choosing Anti-Virus Software

Protect Your Computer From Adware & Spyware

Are YOU one of the 90% Affected by Spyware or Adware?

Anti Phishing Software

Does Your Computer Need A Firewall

Every Computer Needs Anti Virus Software

Control Time Your Kids Can Access the PC

How to Safely Delete Suspicious E-mails

Department of Defense Crackdown on Security

Parental Control in the Digital Age

PC Threats Everyone Is At Risk

Fighting off Viruses:  Advancements in Antivirus Software Suites

Finding The Best Spyware Blocker

How to Reduce Spam in Your Inbox and Enhance Your Email Security

Improve PC Performance - 6 Tips You Must Know

How To Keep Your Computer Virus Free

Keyloggers: How they work and how to detect them

About Norton Anti-Virus

How a Personal Firewall Helps to Protect Your Home Computer From Hackers

How to recognize a Phishing email message

Do I Need A Registry Clean?

Securing Your Computer System

Why Do I Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me?

How To Speed Up Your PC By Removing,disabling Certain Software

Spyware Protection For Dummies

How To Identify A Virus Infected E-mail Message?

Website Security Rules of the Road

What is the difference between adware and spyware ?

Why do people create computer virus and how does it spread?

Security rules to follow while shopping on the internet

What the Heck are Botnets?

What is a Computer Virus?

What is a keylogger?

What is a Trojan Horse and how can you avoid it?

Phishing For Your Identity

What is Spam?

What is Spyware and how can you avoid it?

5 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Choosing A Password

5 Simple Steps To Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

14 Household Ways To Protect Your Computer From Viruses

 

 


Where Spyware Lurks on the Internet

Spyware has to be the most talked about PC security threat of 2005. It has now surpassed the computer virus as the No. 1 menace to computer user both at home and in the enterprise. Despite efforts from Microsoft and independent security software companies, the spyware menace is set to continue through 2006 and beyond. The research firm Radicati Group expect worldwide anti-spyware revenue to surpass $1 billion by 2010.

There are numerous types of spyware with some more dangerous than others. At one end of the spectrum spyware pushes annoying ads to your computer as is usually referred as “Adware.” It is still spyware as the ads are generally pushed to you based on your surfing habits. A bad infection can also dramatically impact your computer’s performance as your desktop slowly gets overwhelmed with pop up adverts.

At the other end of the spectrum spyware programs can record what you do on your computer including individual key strokes. This information is then shared with a third party. This data is then sold to marketing companies or used to profit from. For example, the program may have captured your bank log-in details or credit card information.

Profit from these activities drives spyware development and deployment. According to anti-spyware vendor Webroot Inc advertising revenue generated from spyware is much more lucrative than trying to generate profit through Spam Email.

Here are the common ways spyware gets onto your computer:

• Bundled with free software like screensavers or P2P file sharing programs which you download. For example Kazaa, a P2P file-sharing application, installs adware onto a user’s computer even though it claims to contain “no spyware.” Waterfalls 3 from Screensaver.com installs spyware and Trojan horses. Examples are courtesy of a report from StopBadware.org’s website.
• Opening Spam email attachments.
• Being enticed into clicking on links in pop up adverts which then downloads spyware. These pop ups usually display messages to do with winning money or entering a special prize drawer.
• “Drive-by downloading” – this is when spyware is automatically downloaded onto your computer from the website you are surfing.

Earlier this year a report published by the University of Washington revealed categories of websites which are mostly like to host spyware or infect users through “drive-by downloads.” Their research revealed the following categories:

• Gaming sites
• Music download sites (I interpret this to mean “illegal” music sharing sites like dailymp3.com or where you can find P2P applications)
• Adult sites
• Celebrity sites
• Wallpaper / screensaver sites

Here are some tips and strategies to reduce the chance of spyware infection:

• Switch on your browser’s pop blocker.
• Install an anti-spyware tool with active protection which helps prevent infection in the first place.
• Keep Windows and other Microsoft applications like office up to date with the latest patches.
• Use SiteAdvisor (http://www.siteadvisor.com). This is a free plug-in for your browser which tells you whether a site is safe or not based on their testing. This is new software which is highly recommended.
• If you are a frequent visitor of the high risk categories please consider changing your surfing habits or at least making sure your system is fully protected.

Click Here To Read Other Interesting Articles On Computer Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Web Hosting