Computer Viruses for Dummies

Computer Viruses for Dummies

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Computer Viruses for Dummies
Computer Viruses for Dummies - by Peter Gregory
Computer Viruses for Dummies - Peter Gregory

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Peter Gregory
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ISBN: 0-7645-7418-3

Computer viruses--just the thought of your trusty PC catching one is probably enough to make you sick. Thanks to the cyber-sickies who persist in coming up with new strains, there's a major new cyberattack nearly every day. Viruses sneak in, usually through e-mail. Fortunately, there are ways to inoculate and protect your computer. Computer Viruses For Dummies helps you:

Understand the risks and analyze your PC's current condition Select, install, and configure antivirus software Scan your computer and e-mail Rid your computer of viruses it's already caught Update antivirus software and install security patches Use firewalls and spyware blockers Protect handheld PDAs from viruses Adopt safe computing practices, especially with e-mail and when you're surfing the Net Written by Peter H. Gregory, coauthor of CISSP For Dummies and Security + For Dummies, Computer Viruses For Dummies goes beyond viruses to explain other nasty computer infections like Trojan horses, HiJackers, worms, phishing scams, spyware, and hoaxes. It also profiles major antivirus software to help you choose the best program(s) for your needs.

Remember, if you don't protect your computer, not only do you risk having your computer infiltrated and your data contaminated, you risk unknowingly transmitting a virus, worm, or other foul computer germ to everybody in your address book! This guide will help you properly immunize your PC with antivirus software now and install updates and security patches that are like booster shots to keep your software protected against new viruses.

About the Author Peter H. Gregory, CISA, CISSP, discovered computers in 1976 in his first year at the University of Nevada-Reno. He was taking a FORTRAN programming course when computer programs were painstakingly typed in on punch cards (hanging chads and all). He then got a part-time computer operator job at the University computer center, where he operated the university’s mainframe computer, a Control Data Corporation CDC-6400. His insatiable curiosity about computers led him headlong into a career that began when he completed his university education. Those fancy letters behind Peter’s name: CISSP and CISA, are two professional security certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Peter has spent the past eleven years in the wireless telecommunications industry, working in positions where he develops security policy, security architecture, security emergency response teams, and has been a security consultant in general. His love for personal computers has kept him attached to one or more of them for twenty years.


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