We have all experienced it. New computers run well at the time of purchase, but after a few months they seem to grind to a snails pace.
Computers in the home are often used by many people, who use the internet in many different ways. What some of us don’t realize is that the way we use the internet may be harmful to our computer.
Anti-virus products are designed to prevent viruses from infecting computers. BUT, they are only as good as the update file they use, to identify viruses. In most products, the update file is updated automatically. By scheduling regular scans on your computer will ensure viruses are kept at bay.
Malware (malicious software) and spyware are similar to viruses but operate in a slightly different way. They are generally designed to sit on your computer, and gather information.
Machines are often infected with malware to record details on the computer and send them back to the infector. The infector uses the information for financial gain and criminal activity.
Computers infected by malware are often slowed down due to the methods used in collecting information.
Free software downloaded from the internet such as Adaware and SpyBot Search & Destroy are great products to run and remove malware and spyware from your computer.
Such infections do however, come from the internet. To get a better understanding of the types of sites that are being visited, will help identify the possible risks these sites pose to your computer. Many sites containing free games or software have the potential to infect your machine unknowingly.
Criminals often infect free software with malware, as this is an easy way to infect a machine.
By installing monitoring software such as PC Pandora, you will not only be able to see what sites are visited, but also block certain types of sites you deem inappropriate.