How Did This Happen to Me? Top 10 Ways to Get Spyware or Viruses on Your Computer
If you use the internet, you have probably been infected with a virus, trojan or spyware. According to the SANS Internet Storm Center, the average unprotected PC is infected within 20 minutes of normal internet usage. Many people want to know what they did to get infected. Unfortunately, usually it was just one wrong click.
Here are the top reasons people get infected and how to prevent these common internet security threats.
10. Exchanging files in chat rooms.
9. Clicking on popup ads.
8. Email attachments.
7. Instant messaging.
6. Downloading music.
5. Browsing websites.
4. Installing free programs or screen savers.
3. Adult-related websites.
2. P2P programs like Kazaa or Limewire.
1. Gaming websites.
Even if you have an anti-virus product on your computer, confirm that it protects against the growing threat of spyware. Enable a popup blocker and firewall for further protection. Using safe browsing habits and good security software can keep you safe on the internet.
Marla Porter is part of the Product Development Team at eAcceleration Corp., the makers of StopSign anti-virus and spyware remover. StopSign detects and removes viruses, trojans, spyware, worms, keyloggers and browser hijackers. Learn more about StopSign at http://www.stopsign.com. StopSign is a product of eAcceleration Corp: http://www.eacceleration.com.
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