The Love Bug Virus

Love Bug VirusSounding like a potentially wonderful thing, the “Love Bug” was a very destructive virus. Sometimes call the “ILove You” or “LoveLetter” virus, it was created by a young man in Manila and, in May 2000, shut down millions of computers in the United States, most of Europe and other parts of the world.

This type of virus, revolutionary at the time, comes to the user in the form of an e-mail with the subject “I Love You”. It was actually a macro the runs in Microsoft Outlook. These are technically called worms because along with infecting the host computer, they replicate themselves and continue to other systems.
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Pop-ups, More than Just an Annoyance

Pop-up removed by bursting…Find someone who is not annoyed by pop-ups, and you will have someone who is not an active ‘Net user. Most of us know the drill. You are enjoying visiting some interesting websites and the small window pops up right on top of what you were formerly happily viewing. You close it but another appears. Close it and yet another materializes.

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Zone Alarm

Zone Alarm, blue light warning.Zone Alarm is an Internet security software suite from Zone Labs. One of the principle services offered by the suite, and also available as a free product is a software firewall. This enable users to monitor the activity that goes on between a computer and the Internet, including reports on any hostile attacks on your computer, and the exchange of data through the firewall. With the firewall capability from Zone Alarm, you will be able to select the level of security you want with a personal computer. The highest level of security will restrict access to a lot of sites while the lowest level of security will enable some insecure site visiting.

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Spyware

spyware.jpgSpyware is software designed to monitor computer activities and makes use of personal information. At a minimum, this may be used to monitor browsing habits and tailor advertising delivered on pages; on the other hand it may also be used to gather private details which may be used for identity theft. Other names for spyware or related programs include; malware, crimeware, PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) , adware, dialers, keyloggers, or spybots.

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Phishing

Proceed with caution.Phishing is a malicious activity performed by online criminals. They want to steal your personal information or your credit card number so that they can launder money through your account. They may want to steal your home billing address or get your passwords so that they can access your personal information and steal your identity. If you do not want phishing activities to bother you then you should be on guard all the time.

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Antivirus

One of the most dreaded things for computer users is a virus. A virus may attack your computer in numerous ways, such as through your email. When you open your email be cautious, sometimes certain attachments may be harmful to your computer. When you click on the attachment, a virus may launch an attack on your computer. A virus can also attack you through an infected disc or downloaded program. When you insert an infected disc into your computer, or run an executable file, a virus may copy itself to the hard drive and replace other files. In some cases a virus can even attack you while you are surfing the Internet innocently! While you go through several web pages, you might run into a site that contains malicious code. You should be careful when visiting unknown sites that request you install any form of software. If you would like to protect yourself from viruses then you should get antivirus software.

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Trojan horse programs

Trojan horses or Trojans are malware that are disguised so that you will not notice their harmful intentions. The origin of the term is based on the story of the ancient Greek story about the Trojan horse. The Trojans hid inside the horse and offered the horse to their enemies, the city of Troy, as a gift. When their enemies received the gift, the Trojans came out and attacked their enemies while they were sleeping. Trojans on computers act the same way. When Trojans enter your computer, you will think that they are completely harmless. Whilst in the background, these Trojans will launch various attacks and open backdoors to your system. They may erase your files and or corrupt your system.

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Rootkits

CPU chip and pinMany Internet users nowadays have experienced a virus or two in their lives. Sometimes a virus attack may be minimal. It can infect a file and you will catch it before it spreads. Some virus attacks are severe and can cause your whole computer to crash in an instant. Computer attacks can come in many forms. You can be attacked by a virus, a worm, a Trojan horse, or whatever malware under the sun. One of the most dangerous forms of malware attack are those of rootkits.

With rootkits, malware can hide from anti-virus programs, malware detectors and even the operating system. There are several types of rootkits. There are rootkits that activate themselves each time your computer starts or rootkits that live on your computer memory. There are even rootkits that can stay on your computer in different modes like the safe mode. With this malware assisting technology, how can you save yourself from such?

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Grooming

Watching eye.People will always long for affection. They will want someone to talk to or someone to share their lives with. Nobody ever wants to feel lonely. With the Internet, people can address this need. People are able to communicate through chatting, blogging, and emailing. With these possibilities, people can make friends and build relationships online. All this may sound great but not everyone considers this to be an innocent activity.

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Instant Messaging (IM)

Type talk, white keyboard.One of the most popular means of communication over the Internet is instant messaging. Through instant messaging, you will be able to send messages and receive messages from anyone around the world on a real time basis. This means that when you are instant messaging, you will be communicating as if you were on the telephone. The only difference is that you are typing what you are supposed to say and you are reading what you are supposed to hear. Isn’t that neat? Some people think, instant messaging is one of the greatest things that have been invented for the Internet. Instead of paying a lot of money for overseas calls, you can simply chat with someone from another country for free! After paying for the electricity on your computer and your Internet connection, you do not have to worry about anything else. There are no additional instant messaging bills because the services are entirely free!

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