This article explains the importance of protecting your PC from outside attacks

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A virus is basically a malicious computer program, the effect of viruses differ, some either modify,

delete or steal data and others may give control of your PC over to their creators via the internet,

one thing they all have in common is that if you get infected and you don't have antivirus software

you might not know you have it until it is too late. As these viruses/worms become ever more

advanced, the need for antivirus software has never been so great.

Spyware has evolved from an online nuisance to one of the most dire threats facing the Internet. As

users struggle to maintain control over their computers, many find themselves trapped in a cyclical

battle against programs that install themselves without warning, open dangerous security holes and

reinstall themselves after they've been deleted. The worst of these programs allow online criminals

to hijack users' sensitive personal information at will. They will also tend to drastically slow the

performance of your computer.

There are three things you can do to help protect your computer and your data: Install Anti-Virus

software, Anti-Spyware software, and install Microsoft Updates

There are many Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware programs available, both for sale or available for free

downloading from the internet. While Solatech does not recommend any specific Anti-Virus or Anti-

Spyware programs, we strongly recommend that you research and install some form of Virus and

Spyware protection software. In addition to installing the software, you must also update the

software to keep your definition files current, otherwise newly released viruses or spyware can be

installed without your knowledge.

Microsoft also regularly releases fixes and updates to the Windows operating system. A good number

of the updates address security deficiencies. Solatech therefore recommends that you regularly scan

for and install available Windows updates.

Two independent websites that offer further discussion and tips on security are:


PC Magazine