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how can i protect my system from viruses and spyware?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by thomasifedayo, Mar 25, 2008.

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  1. thomasifedayo

    thomasifedayo Thread Starter

    Mar 27, 2007
    i have just reinstalled windows xp on my laptop and need help tightening up my internet explorer...as well as better the system security..i would really appreciate it if someone could help me out by telling me what programs i need to install on my laptop so that i can protect it from viruses, spyware and malaware...thanks
  2. Dr. Chauncey

    Dr. Chauncey

    Oct 25, 2007
  3. Wanderer2


    Jan 28, 2008
    AGV [free antivirus]
    Spybot search and destroy [free spyware checker]
    Adaware from Lavasoft [free spyware checker] Between the two they find different things.
    Windows Firewall or ZoneAlarm [also free]

    BUT the greatest thing you can do is educate yourself to best practices.

    For example:
    don't open email from unknown people
    don't open attachments unless you were expecting them or confirmed from the source they are valid [great way to hijack/infect/hack your computer]
    don't go to web sites you shouldn't or follow links to places you should not be
    run your AV and spyware checkers every time you get off the internet.
    update your AV and spyware checkers on a regular basis
    don't download "cutisy" things like emoticons [smiley central for example] because they have imbedded spyware.
    only do online banking with secure sites
    don't store acct numbers or passwords in text [or any] files on your computer
    run disk cleanup regularly
    run disk defrag regularly

    I am sure others can add to the list of best practices. You can find more information using Google. Good luck.
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