Viruses and malware

Don’t let your computer catch a cold

CowpeaMosaicVirus3DIt’s cold out there. The winter of 2012 / 2013 has been long, wet and shivery and lots of us have suffered accordingly with sniffs and sneezes. They’re easy to get, all you need do is walk into a room occupied by someone with an infection and bang: you have it too.

Computers are pretty much the same as us in that respect. All you have to do is innocently wander onto an infected website, download a dodgy attachment via email, or click on a malware link and your computer is infected too. It really is that easy.

“So what?” you might say. Well, the next thing you know, someone in Bangalore or Sydney has cloned your credit card and is using it to fulfil their wildest dreams. Of course the bank may protect you, but if you have ever had a card cancelled because this has happened, you will know that it never happens at the most convenient time. Usually you get the call when you’re driving down the motorway at eleven in the evening. The bank needs you to press one to confirm who you are, then enter your four digit pin code: meanwhile, you are in panic with both hands on the wheel and a bored cop behind you in a big, white Range Rover.

It need not be like this and you do not need to spend a penny.

I use a belt and braces approach. By this, I mean I have my regular anti-virus software, but just in case I use a scanner to remove anything that may have gotten through the first barrier. All the software I use is free.

Free? Is it any good? Yes and yes.

mse

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