how can i protect my system from viruses and spyware?

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thomasifedayo

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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
 
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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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