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Viruses, Pop–ups, and Spyware, OH MY!
I can remember when the first viruses appeared in the 1980's. We were stunned that
someone would deliberately write software that would damage someone else’s computer.
I recommend running anti-virus software on a (gasp) quarterly basis. Soon it became
monthly, then weekly.
Now, viruses appear daily and hourly. This frequency requires our vigilance, but also
means that no one program or person can stop all viruses. We often hear about the spread
of viruses via email. While this is the most common way to spread viruses, I want you to
be aware that this is not the only way a virus can spread. You can get a virus from ANY
method in which you bring data to your computer. This can include downloaded files
from the internet, web pages, CDs and floppy disks, and removable hard drives and
storage devices (like MP3 players and PDAs).
In addition to viruses, it is now commonplace to experience pop-up ads (some just
annoying, and some quite embarrassing in nature), as well as spyware (cookies or
tracking programs which reside on your computer and send information about the internet
sites you visit to someone, without your permission or knowledge.)
Anti-virus and anti-spyware software is strongly recommended. Please note that these
programs have “definitions” (basically, a file containing all the information known about
a virus or spyware, and how to remove it). Definitions must be updated often for the
program to do its job.
I apologize for the length of this document. The amount of information I need to share
with you is too vast for a short email. You may want to print this for future reference.
Recently we have worked on dozens of infected computers, with these average results:
Type of Pest
Instances per PC
600 - 800