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Malware and careless computing


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Malware and Careless Computing

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Malware and careless computing

  1. 1. Typical Problems on Today’s Personal Computers <ul><li>Disorganization </li></ul><ul><li>Malware </li></ul><ul><li>Spyware </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Intrusions from Outsiders </li></ul>
  2. 2. What Can You Do? How Much Does It Cost? <ul><li>Clean up your computer with a (free) clean up utility </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Virus program (free software available) </li></ul><ul><li>Firewall (free software available) </li></ul><ul><li>Update and patch everything you use (mostly free) </li></ul><ul><li>Kill spyware, adware, malware (mostly free) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Defining Malware <ul><li>Google define: malware Short for malicious software, a program or file that is designed to specifically damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus, worm, or a Trojan horse. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Do You Get Malware? <ul><li>Free software often includes spyware </li></ul><ul><li>Email attachments </li></ul><ul><li>File sharing (P2P Software) </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messengers </li></ul><ul><li>Unpatched Windows computers </li></ul><ul><li>Unprotected Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Out of date antivirus software </li></ul>
  5. 5. Problems Found on Unprotected Systems <ul><li>Anywhere from 100 to 5,000 spyware components, including tracking cookies </li></ul><ul><li>Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses, Keyloggers, Phishing Scams, Browser Hijackers, Auto Dialers </li></ul><ul><li>SPAM </li></ul><ul><li>Spyware/Adware/Malware </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of privacy & identity theft </li></ul>
  6. 6. What You Need for a Safer Computer <ul><li>A more secure Web Browser (examples: Firefox, Opera, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>A Firewall (a Router and/or software) </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Virus Protection (Updated) </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Spyware Protection (Updated) </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Updates (Automatic & manual) </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Results of Careless Computing <ul><li>Slow, Slow, Slooowwwww computer performance </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of Pop-Up Ads </li></ul><ul><li>Lost Internet Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Error Messages </li></ul><ul><li>Disorganization of icons, folders and files </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of SPAM </li></ul>
  8. 8. Clean Up and Speed Up Your PC <ul><li>Uninstalling unwanted applications </li></ul><ul><li>Control Panel, and Add or Remove Programs Tool </li></ul>
  9. 9. Using the Disc Cleanup utility in Windows <ul><li>My Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Right Click on Drive C </li></ul><ul><li>Select Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Click Disk Clean up </li></ul><ul><li>Follow on Screen Instructions </li></ul>