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It’s a sad commentary that the world needs a whole book on fighting spyware, malware, and viruses. But it does. And so do you. Because the “old days” -- when all you needed was current anti-virus software -- are gone forever.
After a plain-English overview, PC Magazine’s Ed Tittel shows you exactly how “good PCs go bad”: the many ways you can be infested or infected, and how you can evade most of them. Think you’ve already been zapped? You’ll learn how to determine whether it’s true and then walk you through a top-to-bottom cleanup. (There’s also a page on hoaxes: Please don’t believe all those crazed emails your friends forward to you!)
Next, Tittel walks you through choosing, installing, and utilizing the full 21st-century arsenal of safe computing: firewalls, pop-up blockers, adware removers, anti-spyware tools, anti-virus software, spam blockers, and filters. He also helps you “layer on” the most crucial tool of all: common sense. You probably know you shouldn’t open unexpected attachments, but Tittel presents 11 rules for email safety -- along with some ways to automate them.
You’ll tighten up web browser security -- especially if you’re running Internet Explorer -- and discover some practical system safety tips, too. (For example, you’ll capture a “rough and ready” performance snapshot, so you can tell real system slowdowns from hallucinations.) Since the price of liberty from malware is eternal vigilance, Tittel concludes by showing how to make security a habit -- without becoming obsessed, of course! Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only