How to Do Everything to Fight Spam, Viruses, Pop-Ups, and Spyware

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9780072256550: How to Do Everything to Fight Spam, Viruses, Pop-Ups, and Spyware

Swat spam, vanquish viruses, knock down pop-ups, and expose spyware with help from this one-of-a-kind resource. Loaded with insightful advice, practical tips, and trial software, this book-and-CD defense will help you rid your computer of the perils and nuisances of Web surfing once and for all. Author and tech expert Ken Feinstein gives easy-to-understand explanations of the technologies at work, and just exactly what steps you can take to take back your e-mail, your surfing enjoyment, your privacy, and your computer.

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Get expert advice on finally ridding your computer of annoying spam and pop-up ads and invasive viruses, spyware, and adware. You’ll discover where these electronic nuisances originate, how they work, and how to prevent them. Learn to choose spam-resistant e-mail addresses and get the most from your spam filter. Protect your computer from virus attacks with antivirus software and preventive measures. Also, find out how to avoid unknowingly installing spyware and adware, and block those pesky pop-up ads. The bonus CD-ROM features trial versions of the prevention tools covered in the book.

  • Understand how spammers operate and how to safeguard your e-mail addresses
  • Use spam-filtering software and challenge-response mail systems
  • Configure your PC to resist virus attacks
  • Recognize virus-laden emails and avoid virus infection when downloading files
  • Install, configure, and update antivirus software
  • Diagnose and remove viruses from your system
  • Avoid inadvertently installing adware and spyware
  • Learn about dialers and manage Internet cookies
  • Use spyware utilities and firewalls to protect your system
  • Block pop-ups and other annoying advertisements
  • Get details on the virus- and spyware-fighting features of Windows XP Service Pack 2

About the author: Ken Feinstein has been writing about computers and gadgets for more than five years. His work has appeared in Computer Shopper, CNET, ZDNet, Computer Gaming World, and Future Networks’ EZ Tech Guides.

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