Virus Removal

Don’t get caught without the right virus protection for your pc!
Having virus protection on your pc is one thing but making sure you are up to date on your virus definitions is crtical.

With the proliferation of DSL and cable broadband internet connections, the spread of new virus and spyware infections has soared. According to digital security firm Aladdin’s Malware Report 2006, the number of web-based threats grew a shocking 1300 percent in 2006, increasing from 7,188 in 2005 to 98,020 in 2006.

The report also notes that most of the new trojans and spyware created in 2006 were given a medium to critical security rating, meaning that many of them were capable of identity theft and privacy compromise. Viruses and spyware take many forms and you can get them just by visiting the wrong website or opening an e-mail in Outlook.

While viruses can be merely an inconvenience, slowing your computer or disabling your internet connection, some can be devastating, deleting files and even damaging hardware. Spyware is most noticeable in its obvious forms: slowing down your computer with popups, installing search bars in Internet Explorer, and hijacking your home page.

But it also possesses the much more sinister capability of harvesting your personal information – including your credit card numbers, SSN, and online banking logon – and using it for identity theft or fraud. What many people don’t realize is that most antivirus software does nothing to prevent you from getting spyware. Another common misconception is that if you’re running antivirus software, you’re fully protected.

This does not take into account that many people are running outdated virus definition files, which is like assuming that a flu shot from 2 years ago will protect you against this year’s newest variant.

Most antivirus software operates on a subscription based update service which stops functioning when your license expires, leaving you unprotected from the newest threats (most new Dell PCs for instance come with just a 3 month subscription to McAfee’s Internet Security Suite, after which you must buy a license to continue receiving upgrades).

The good news is that there are many excellent antivirus and antispyware programsavailable for the home user, as well as economical options for businesses and individuals who want comprehensive protection.