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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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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Firewall basics

 

Cabling, firewall protection.A lot of great things can be done over the Internet: you can do business on the Internet and make a living; you can meet the love of your life; in fact, you can live your life on the Internet if you find it more amusing than the real world. There are also dangers about using the Internet. Although you can do fun things over the Internet some people can do bad things too. They can steal your credit card numbers or valuable confidential information from your computer. They can even destroy data on your computer, or upload illegal content from a remote location. If you want to prevent these things from happening to you and your computer then you should equip your computer with a firewall.

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Encryption protection

Encryption is being used nowadays to improve Internet security. Websites that involve financial transactions use encryption so that other people will not be able to see anything confidential such as credit card and pin numbers. Websites that also have a lot of confidential information such as company presentations and managerial accounting records are also using encryption so that hackers can not access their information. Even in emails, encryption is being used. If you are going to be sending highly confidential information then maybe you should encrypt it first. You do not want hackers finding out about your bank statements or your mailing address. When you send an encrypted email, make sure that the receiver has the decryption program or else the receiver will not be able to understand what you sent.

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Download dangers

There is a wealth of information on the Internet. You will be able to get almost anything through downloading or visiting a website. You will be able to get online videos through downloading. You will be able to get PC wallpapers through downloading. You can even get free games through downloading. All of these things are great but you should not be downloading data from malicious or suspicious sites.

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