This is a continuation of my first post on this issue whereas I said I would add more meaning to the words adware, spyware, malware and antivirus. Most of what you see on the internet embeds cookies on your computer..a cookie is defined as is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s browser (like safari, chrome, internet explorer) while the user is browsing that website.
Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user’s previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember information (such as items in a shopping cart) or to record the user’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in or recording which pages were visited by the user as far back as months or years ago).
Some cookies are ok, some are not so ok…there are programs that completely wipe out cookies from your computer just as there are programs that prevent spyware and such from being loaded onto your computer with exceptions of course…such as you want the cookie from Wealthy Affiliate because it tracks you progress in the WA system. Some programs though wipe out all cookies so you want to be selective on how you run these programs. Now its very important to know that programs designed to protect your computer are what I refer to as ‘cookie resistant’ not cookie proof’ using cookies as an example…just like antivirus software, it is virus resistant not virus proof…in other words, the virus could be written right now and your virus programs definitions or updates did not take place till some time earlier.
So it is a good thing to; should you have the occasion to open your virus program, click on the update button just for grins and giggles to see if perhaps there is an update and nine times out of ten there will be since viruses are being written all the time. To make my point even clearer, think about last holiday season when Target came out with all that hacking and identity theft of credit card numbers. Software glitch? maybe…more like an inside job from what I read. Enough about cookies, lets move on.
Basic Definitions of Malware that DOES exist on your Computer:
Malware: Actually, you can combine all forms of bugs that get into your unit using this term. Malware is short for malicious software that will disrupt your browsing experience. It includes ad-ware, which is an aggressive form of advertising and changes your browsers settings from how you had the browser set.
Usually it attacks your homepage with some search engine designed to get you to click on links such as one called ‘cool-search’ and ‘web-search’….also, malware is Trojans or worms often disguised as innocent pieces of software embedded in your files. Its a nasty sort of thing to get and a lot of people trying to save a buck use ‘free’ antivirus software and it does not quite get the job done…for this reason, I highly recommend several different pieces of software, some free and some not free but tried and true..I know…I’m using them now.
I don’t have any trouble because I have a safety net. Remember when I said in part 1 that the cost of a computer out of the box was all your money you would have to spend on your computer to keep it safe on the net? NOT …you soon find out that you must buy software in addition to the hardware and gone are the days when you could just borrow someone else’s disc and use it with their license…companies quickly got wise to that and now the software has to be registered over the internet and activated….lets move on….
In my next part coming in the next few days, we will go over both the purchased software and the free software that you can put on your computer that WILL keep it safe from and malware from entering your computer or at least executing on your unit which will be exactly what I have on my main computer (and laptop) that keeps my computer running smooth and warns me of any changes that were attempted or is being attempted to change a setting on your unit simply by surfing the internet and I keep my unit turned on 24/7/365 and clean it up about once a week using these programs and get rid of junk files that are cluttering up my unit and keeping it running in tip top shape as best as I can offer you.
Be prepared to spend a little time learning this and taking notes as we go along or keep coming back to this website for updated information as I plan to add news to it quite often to keep up with the constant battle of the bugs that are trying their best to infect your unit and I’m trying to save you from that annoying crash that can and will happen if you do not maintain your computer regularly. Its a mundane task but I always start with the idea of keeping my information safe and my computer running smooth so when I’m running manual scans, I find something to do as I run said scans..it only takes a few hours versus hours of headaches trying to ‘fix’ your computer. More coming soon….take care of yourselves and each other, God Bless….CES