are the best defense you have against viruses. The best Anti-Virus I have tested is Norton AntiVirus 2003 and AVG. Norton
has a great autoprotect and is updated every Wednesday. You can get Norton off most p2p networks (k-lite) or can buy it for
50 bucks at most software stores. AVGhttp://www.grisoft.com is a free anti-virus which doesn't update as much as Norton but is great at blocking viruses before they run.
Types of Viruses: Im going
to go over a few of the most common viruses-
1. Backdoor- Probably
the most common virus, using ports or e-mail to send the hacker passwords, lists of files and logs on the computer. Then the
hacker can take over your computer by deleting files, downloading files to your system, shutting down anti-viruses etc. Although
they normally don't cause major damage with a payload they are still a bad threat.
2. Trojans- A program
that neither replicates nor copies itself, but causes damage or compromises the security of the computer. Typically, an individual
emails a Trojan Horse to you-it does not email itself-and it may arrive in the form of a joke program or software of some
3. Worms- A program that makes
copies of itself; for example, from one disk drive to another, or by copying itself using email or another transport mechanism.
The worm may do damage and compromise the security of the computer. It may arrive in the form of a joke program or software
of some sort. Many times they have large payloads.
3. Precautions- The best way
to get rid of viruses is not to get them at all. First of all, don't download keygens or cracks off any p2p network please
use this site-http://www.gamecopyworld.com. Second, make sure the file doesn't have a double extension (aka song.mp3.vbs). Also watch for files with fake extensions.
You can normally tell from looking at properties, using a hex editor or looking at the icon. If the icon is only an open
window, its most likely a virus. Third, any file you get please scan so that you're not spreading viruses. Fourth, watch files
that ask for internet access. Most are Trojans. They sometimes are not picked up by your AV and you need a firewall.Fifth,
use heuristics to find new viruses.
Hackers are a very dangerous
group that try to look for open ports to connect with you. The best way to get rid of them is with a firewall. The best Firewalls
are Zonealarm 4 and Norton Personal Firewall 2003. Zonealarm is good at blocking incoming connections and Norton has been
useful in stopping Trojans from accessing the internet. The firewalls do a few things to get rid of hackers-1. Stealth all
ports (when the hackers ping it-the port acts like a black hole) 2. Hide your ip 3. Block attacks.
Lastly, i would like to talk
about one of the least talked about threats, spyware. Although it normally causes no damage, it spys and tracks what web sites
you go to. Here are someways to get rid of it: 1. Get Adware 6 and Spybot Search and Destroy. They work very well together
and I caught over 100. 2. Disable Cookies, Ads and Java scripts(get zonealarm). 3. Dont download any pop up downloads(like
Gator).4. Do not download programs like imesh and kazaa because its full of spyware. Find cleaned clients like kazaa lite
and cleaned imesh!