Internet Scams 102 -- Hijackings and Spyware

Written by Janette Blackwell

My friend Janice is afraid to go onrepparttar Internet because ofrepparttar 148916 terrible things that might happen to her. She views a simple trip to get e-mailrepparttar 148917 way she views going alone, late at night, to a dangerous part of town.

Please . . . it’s not that bad. Though, come to think of it, it’s ALMOST that bad: hijackers can now do things to people who already have antivirus and anti-spyware programs. To people who have carefully NOT clicked on scam e-mails. Some hijackers can disable your firewall, your antivirus software, and your spyware killers. Or they can prevent antivirus and spyware from being updated.

But there are solutions. Here’s what you do:


You know you’ve been hijacked if your start page is different and if you keep getting things you didn’t intend to get -- frequently pornographic sites and popup ads. You change things backrepparttar 148918 way they were, but they won’t stay changed.

These nasties nabbed you through a security hole in Microsoft Windows.If you haven’t been caught and don’t want to be, says,

“First and most simply, stop using Internet Explorer. If you use either Mozilla, Firefox or Opera, you are immune to virtually all browser hijackers.”

Actually, it’s not that simple. There are ways scammers can get around Firefox. Microsoft is also busy locking its barn doors, though I’m afraidrepparttar 148919 horse has already been stolen.

If you decide to stay with Internet Explorer, be sure to keep it up to date, especially with what they call “critical updates.”


The most basic and most necessary protection, one you’ve probably installed already, is antivirus protection. The antivirus programs upgrade constantly to protect us fromrepparttar 148920 latest viruses. Norton isrepparttar 148921 most common, and a good choice. If you prefer a simple, uncomplicated solution, go torepparttar 148922 site that sells Norton,, and download allrepparttar 148923 antivirus protection you want.

If you’re a thorough person, however, one who wants to learn about allrepparttar 148924 options, go to, and you will learn of problems and solutions you never dreamed existed.


Unfortunately, an antivirus program alone is not enough these days. You need ANTI-SPYWARE.

Becauserepparttar 148925 latest hijackers can disable anti-spyware -- AND keep you from downloading updates -- you want some that is really, really good. The techie who manages my website says, “Get something that can WARD OFF attacks, not just remove them after they’ve infected you. Once really vicious spyware is on your machine, it may be impossible for anyone but an expert to remove it.”

Hollander Consultants Reveals Final Website

Written by Matthew Bratschi

Marketing Site for New Patients Unveiled as Last in Series

Portland, OR: Hollander Consultants has just revealed “Getting New Patients and Customers” asrepparttar last in a series of five websites that have been launched overrepparttar 148915 past month and a half. Located at,repparttar 148916 new website culminates a marketing plan designed at broadeningrepparttar 148917 reach of Hollander Consultants on an international level.

“This has been a very exciting couple of months in terms of implementing our strategy to broaden our marketing efforts onrepparttar 148918 Internet. This final phase complementsrepparttar 148919 other new websites we’ve created. Each website was designed to provide information on particular subjects for our clients, future clients, media and other interested individuals. It helps broadenrepparttar 148920 viewing scope ofrepparttar 148921 services Hollander Consultants provides,” said Matthew Bratschi, director of public affairs for Hollander Consultants.

The five new websites coverrepparttar 148922 following areas: media, marketing, client success, a practice management blog, and consulting advice. The individual websites are,,,, andrepparttar 148923 newest website,

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