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Comment by Ernest N. Wilcox Jr. on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 09:13 PM)
It looks as if my previous post to this article was determined to be advertising (it wasn't), or inappropriate for some reason (I can't see why this w...
Comment by Frank Taylor on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 05:40 PM)
Good article, thank you...
Comment by Patrick on Here's How to Clean Computer Clutter (May 19, 2022 04:22 PM)
The Swinetrek was lost in space once, but I don't remember it ever running out of space. ...
Comment by liz on Router Security: Close Unnecessary Ports (May 19, 2022 04:06 PM)
Your link only goes to the page that checks for: Universal Plug n'Play (UPnP) vulnerabilities I see no other tests there, and as I understand the ab...
Comment by Binjamin Man on Here's How to Clean Computer Clutter (May 19, 2022 01:27 PM)
My favorite program for cleaning up a hard drive is: Directory Report It looks like the MS-Explorer but always shows the directory's size. ...
Comment by Gray on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 04:48 AM)
Thanks, Bob, for making us think about things like security, which i easy to overlook because we use apps that remember our passwords. I am using a un...
Comment by Peter Oh on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 02:37 AM)
Passwords, for as long as they exist will be APITA. I have maybe 100 plus & I can't remember any with certainty. Yes I use Last Pass but that makes s...
Comment by Barry on Search Backwards: Reverse Directory Lookups (May 18, 2022 11:28 PM)
Hi Bob, Reverse Email Lookup is NOT free....
Comment by snert on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 18, 2022 10:02 PM)
how do we know everything we download is doing only what they say it will do, and not spying and garnering every bit of info possible. another reason ...
Comment by Michael M on Here's How to Clean Computer Clutter (May 18, 2022 03:08 AM)
I tried one of these (forgot which one), and it tried to remove everything with the .bk extension. Except OneDrive labels historical backup files with...

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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