Keeping it Clean: Virus Removal Basics

Written by John Lenaghan

The day you learn your computer is infected with a virus or spyware is a lonely yet aggravating day. You’ll be angry that you fell victim, and may feel helpless because of your lack of knowledge about virus removal or pc repair. But don’t worry - you’re not alone! Unfortunately, you’re actually part of a club of tens of thousands of people who feelrepparttar same way every day!

According to AVG, virus protection usually doesn’t detect adware or spyware both of which can wreak havoc on a computer. Thousands of people each day are infected with malicious programs! Worry no longer and stop feeling helpless because this guide is a basic computer virus repair guide that will help you identify and remove viruses and malware.

Are You Running Antivirus Software?

If you already have virus software perform an update forrepparttar 145870 latest version and then run a system scan. If you do not have such software, download a free copy of AVG virus protection at This will give you free real time virus protection, email scanning and virus removal tools.

Zone Labs vs. Windows XP Service Pack 2 Firewall

Written by John Lenaghan

Windows XP computer users fall into two categories: those who have personal firewall software and those who do not. Knowing thatrepparttar majority of computer users go without a firewall, Microsoft has included an internet security firewall intorepparttar 145869 latest XP update called Service Pack 2. If you had no prior firewall,repparttar 145870 day you downloadrepparttar 145871 SP2 update is a happy day for you.

If you already have a personal firewall such as Zone Labs, McAfee or Norton, then a question arises as to which one you keep, because any computer repair store geek would say you should not keep bothrepparttar 145872 XP firewall or your existing software because it hasrepparttar 145873 dynamic Microsoft name behind it, or go with a more niche company for security such as Zone Labs.

What is this Firewall Thing, Anyway?

First, what is a firewall? A personal firewall protects your computer from malicious users by blocking unauthorized access. Who needs a firewall? The term “firewall” givesrepparttar 145874 impression that only large companies need a “wall” of “fire” to block attacks. You probably feel your computer is too small to attract an attack. But let’s not forget that hackers are hackers because they are students of behavior! They know that millions of people think they’re not targets and forego internet security. They build viruses to seek out such vulnerable computers, which can lead to a multitude of computer problems, not to mention identify theft.

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