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PC Pest Control
     

PC Pest Control

by Preston Gralla
 

The Internet is rife with all kinds of creepy PC bugs. In the first six months of 2004, almost 5,000 new Windows viruses and worms were discovered that were capable of compromising computer security. But the pests that users deal with aren't limited to viruses. They're plagued with everything from spam to phishing.But just because your computer is hooked up to the

Overview

The Internet is rife with all kinds of creepy PC bugs. In the first six months of 2004, almost 5,000 new Windows viruses and worms were discovered that were capable of compromising computer security. But the pests that users deal with aren't limited to viruses. They're plagued with everything from spam to phishing.But just because your computer is hooked up to the Internet doesn't mean your PC has to be at risk. In a constant battle of one-upmanship, the forces of good have devised a number of creative ways to fend off these Internet nasties in order to best protect your computer. And PC Pest Control from O'Reilly spells out how you can do just that.Written in a friendly, engaging manner, this handy guide covers detection, prevention and cure, where you're vulnerable, and how to surf the web more safely. It also details how you can protect yourself against adware, spyware, home page hijackers, viruses, Trojans, spam, phishing attacks, and more.For easy understanding, PC Pest Control describes each problem and its symptoms, rates the danger level, and then shows you how to solve the problem step by step. In addition, a supporting website keeps the book's content as up to date as possible, so you're always informed of the latest safeguards. And in a field that shifts as frequently as PC protection, that's a major advantage.So if you want to make sure that your personal computer doesn't fall victim to attack-or if your system has already been infected and you want to start anew-then PC Pest Control is most definitely for you.

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How do you keep your PC pest-free, and keep yourself safe from malware, phishing, and all the other bad stuff out there? Software will help: anti-virus, anti-Spam, firewalls, and so forth. But it’s not enough. You also need knowledge. This book delivers that knowledge, painlessly. Preston Gralla does a bang-up job of making even unpleasant technologies fun to read about. Better yet, he offers specific solutions.

Gralla covers it all, from adware to keyloggers to zombies. Among the highlights: how to lock down Internet Explorer (assuming you don’t choose to replace it with Firefox); how to de-infest a system that’s been attacked by spyware, zombies, et al.; how to hide your email address from “spambots” trying to harvest it for email lists; and how to protect your privacy when using instant messaging. Bill Camarda, from the September 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596009267
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/10/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Meet the Author

Preston Gralla, the author of more than 30 books, including Internet Annoyances and Windows XP Hacks, is also a freelance journalist and columnist. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including Best Feature in a Computer Magazine from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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