TIP: Avoiding Spyware and Viruses
and viruses is a must for good
computer health and a decent computing experience. With spyware and
viruses, you¡¯ll experience many problems ranging from simple annoyances
(e.g. constant pop-up windows covering your desktop as you work) to
destruction of or stealing important data.
There are some easy steps to follow which will help to reduce
drastically the occurrences of these common problems.
- Never click on Internet ads. The rare exception
to this would be is if it¡¯s a well known, reputable company. But
verify in your web browser¡¯s status bar (typically on the bottom of
the screen) that the link is actually going to take you to the
correct website. Avoid clicking links that go directly to IP
- Never download Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files
without having an antivirus scan done first. May free email
providers (Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc.) will do this for you. But if you
are using a mail client directly on your computer, ensure you have
an anti-virus software installed first. Do not trust your friends¡¯
statement of ¡°I would never send you a virus. It¡¯s fine.¡± It¡¯s not
that they would *intentionally* send you an infected file, it¡¯s that
they may have a virus or the file could have been infected before
your friend received it.
- Avoid illegal or questionable websites. Illegal
music/video/software/pornographic websites are notorious for spyware
and viruses. Plus, who can you complain to about your problem? These
folks are not focused on good service. And any legit authority won¡¯t
help you fix your problems so that you can continue to steal or
pirate illegal media.
Following these steps shouldn¡¯t slow you down or erode your Internet
surfing experience. It takes a little discipline and will reward you
continually with unobstructed Internet passage.