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Comment by Peter Oh on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 26, 2022 02:29 AM)
Ernest's recommended procedure may have taken him only 5 minutes but I can guess how long it might take me. I also use LastPass but find it slow, awkw...
Comment by Ernest N. Wilcox Jr. on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 26, 2022 12:43 AM)
I use LastPass to store/generate long, strong passwords. I have registered my two email accounts for notifications from Have I Been Pwned in the event...
Comment by Bev on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 09:40 PM)
You have had wonderful support, I have had your lifetime virus protection since around 2012.....
Comment by Lucy on Will This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (January 25, 2022 09:13 PM)
Yes, there are maniac drivers who should get heavy fines for endangering other drivers. But as Sean and Alex said, governments are using fines as a p...
Comment by Alois M. on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 08:44 PM)
Banks are especially concerned about their customers' security. Like U.S. Bank, and others. (Or at least they say that.) When using their website, the...
Comment by Charley on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 08:09 PM)
Bob, you may not know but Breach Alarm is gone. "After over ten years, we regret to inform you that BreachAlarm has been discontinued." EDITOR'S N...
Comment by Charley on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 08:04 PM)
My email address is definitely out there. So I get a lot of spam. I have had the same email for almost 30 years and I don't want to change it. I am ve...
Comment by Bob Kinsler on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 07:56 PM)
The best way to avoid hacking and ransom-ware is - - PCMATIC....
Comment by Jim M on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 07:27 PM)
I used the Have I Been Pwned website and it showed my email address had been stolen. Now I get junk emails showing they come from Facebook. Emails ar...
Comment by Ryan James on Worst Data Breaches of 2021 (what you need to know, and do) (January 25, 2022 07:03 PM)
If you are hacked or a company has a data breach, you can change passwords, credit card numbers, and such, but you cannot change your date of birth or...

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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