Computer Viruses For Dummies
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Computer Viruses For Dummies

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by Peter Gregory
     
 

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Computer viruses—just the thought of your trusty PC catching one is probably enough to make you sick. Thanks to the cyber-sickies who persist in coming up with new strains, there’s a major new cyberattack nearly every day. Viruses sneak in, usually through e-mail.

Fortunately, there are ways to inoculate and protect your computer. Computer Viruses

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Computer viruses—just the thought of your trusty PC catching one is probably enough to make you sick. Thanks to the cyber-sickies who persist in coming up with new strains, there’s a major new cyberattack nearly every day. Viruses sneak in, usually through e-mail.

Fortunately, there are ways to inoculate and protect your computer. Computer Viruses For Dummies helps you:

  • Understand the risks and analyze your PC’s current condition
  • Select, install, and configure antivirus software
  • Scan your computer and e-mail
  • Rid your computer of viruses it’s already caught
  • Update antivirus software and install security patches
  • Use firewalls and spyware blockers
  • Protect handheld PDAs from viruses
  • Adopt safe computing practices, especially with e-mail and when you’re surfing the Net

Written by Peter H. Gregory, coauthor of CISSP For Dummies and Security + For Dummies, Computer Viruses For Dummies goes beyond viruses to explain other nasty computer infections like Trojan horses, HiJackers, worms, phishing scams, spyware, and hoaxes. It also profiles major antivirus software to help you choose the best program(s) for your needs.

Remember, if you don’t protect your computer, not only do you risk having your computer infiltrated and your data contaminated, you risk unknowingly transmitting a virus, worm, or other foul computer germ to everybody in your address book! This guide will help you properly immunize your PC with antivirus software now and install updates and security patches that are like booster shots to keep your software protected against new viruses.

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With one major new cyberattack nearly every day, it’s official: you simply must understand viruses (and worms, Trojan horses, spyware, and their rotten relatives). Computer Viruses for Dummies has all the information you need -- and it’s easy enough for Aunt Millie, who’s always getting infected and calling you for help.

This is the whole deal: making sure your anti-virus software is running and up-to-date (it’s not always obvious); practicing safe computing to reduce your risk; setting up firewalls to keep other bad guys out; rooting out the sneaky spyware that’s infested your PC; staying up-to-date with security patches without becoming a computer pro; even protecting your handheld PDA. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764574184
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/16/2004
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,122,987
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gregory, CISSP, CISA, has spent 20 years developing technology solutions for those who aren’t technologically oriented. He is an information security strategist for a wireless telecommunications carrier.

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Computer Viruses For Dummies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good source for computer viruses.