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Comment by Buffet on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 23, 2020 08:11 PM)
Dear Bob, I've been using ESET's NOD32 Suite (paid version) for many years now and am very happy with it, with one MAJOR exception - it will not allow...
Comment by Dave Rodgers on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 22, 2020 02:42 PM)
@michael @soussi The license fee is for 1 or up to 5 computers. My guess it takes as much work to cover 1 computer as it does for 5. For a long time,...
Comment by Terry McGowan on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 10:36 PM)
Also check out what the earth itself looks like at night from space. Yes, light pollution is a major problem. Take a look at http://alturl.com/dicpw ...
Comment by RandiO on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 09:57 PM)
Bob Rankin must think of us as a bunch of space cases. As a cadet myself; I would like to nominate WorldWideTelescope (http://www.worldwidetelescope....
Comment by RandiO on Some Fascinating History of the Internet (February 21, 2020 09:39 PM)
I miss the dial tone and the sweet music (AT-commands) during the dial-up of my very first 1200bps modem....
Comment by Howard Kellogg on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 09:03 PM)
PBS has a program called "How the Universe Works"...
Comment by Pete on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 08:42 PM)
Thanks Bob!! I used to live in the country and I miss seeing the Milky Way. Maybe some of you links will get me back into looking at it in a new way...
Comment by Ken H on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 07:48 PM)
I have had Distant Suns on my iPhone since the iPhone 5. I may have paid about $10 for it back then. Just remembered to check latest update on my iPho...
Comment by Dana Lynch on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 21, 2020 07:38 PM)
I have been using paid Avast Premium Security for 2 years and also had zero results. It has blocked suspicious websites and script. It blocks suspicio...
Comment by Charley on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 21, 2020 06:45 PM)
Over the years I have used MANY different anti-malware solutions (Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Bitdefender, AVG, Avast, Avira, etc.). Sometimes I chos...

Viruses Articles

 

Is Your Flash Drive Infected?

Security research firm Sophos found malware on two-thirds of fifty USB flash drives that had been lost aboard Australian trains. That might suggest that you should avoid computing on Australian trains, but the broader lesson is that USB flash drives are highly vulnerable to malware infections. Here's what you need to know, and how to protect your computer from viruses that may lurk on flash drives...

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Where Do Viruses And Spyware Come From?

Several thousand new viruses and spyware programs are detected every day by security analysts. Have you ever wondered who creates these plagues, and why?

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Virus Alert - XP Total Security 2011

Somehow I got a virus called XP Total Security, and I can't get rid of it. It blocks my security software, and it won't let me download any new anti-virus tools. It's even asking me for money... how do I get rid of this thing?

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Should You Call The Geek Squad?

My computer is running really slow, and I think it might have a virus. There's also a ticking sound inside the computer. I'm not very technical, so I'm thinking about calling the Geek Squad. Do you think that's a good idea?

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How Does a Virus Spread?

I love your site and your Tourbus Newsletter! I would like to know how a virus propagates over a network? If you get a virus on one computer - do other users on the network have to do anything to get infected? Is there a good way to protect against this?

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Free Virus Scan

My computer has been acting strangely... at times it's very slow and I'm getting lots of popups. I'm afraid I have a virus, and the anti-virus software that came with my computer has expired. Can you recommend a good (and preferably free) virus scanner?

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How can I avoid computer viruses?

When I wrote in a previous article that You CANNOT get a virus just by opening or reading your email I fully expected it would unleash a torrent of emails in response. I knew this would happen, because Ask Bob Rankin readers are generally smarter and better-looking than the rest of the online population. Read on for Virus Prevention 102 -- even more information on virus prevention and the merits of anti-virus software.

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