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Computer viruses (unfortunately) form a part of our daily interactions with our computers. Most of us now understand the dangers of downloading files and other programs, due to the threat they post to exposing us to viruses. However, it seems the ubiquity of viruses is beginning to have the opposite effect. Now that they are so commonplace, many people are starting to downplay the damage they can cause, and the necessity of taking the necessary precautions to prevent them from happening.

Of course, the first step in preventing computer viruses is learning more about exactly what they are. For example, did you know viruses are only able to infect your computer through a human action, such as opening an infected file, or executing a downloaded program? That means by practicing simple safe computing practices is key to protecting your valuable computer data.

Even more important is learning how antivirus software programs work. Chances are, you have already have it installed on your computer. But are you sure your antivirus program is doing the best job possible in keeping your computer safe? More likely than not, it isn't. Get tips on buying antivirus software, so you can be sure you make the best choice the first time.

For those looking for more specific information, you can also find reviews on the latest antivirus software programs, including Norton Antivirus, McAfee, and many more. 

If your antivirus software does detect your computer is in fact infected, don't panic! Instead, learn the proper steps to take to ensure permanent virus removal. 

 

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Spyware has many ways of getting onto your computer, such as:

When you download programs - particularly freeware, or peer-to-peer sharing programs.

More covertly, spyware can install itself just by you visiting certain sites, by prompting you to download an application to see the site properly.

ActiveX controls. These pesky spyware makers will prompt you to install themselves while using your Internet browser