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The Difference between Adware, Spyware, and Viruses

Adware, spyware and computer viruses share some similarities. The largest one being that all three are major nuisances for computer users. But I guess that might be a bit simplistic so let’s differentiate the three a bit more.

Where do viruses get their names?

Have you ever wondered how a virus gets its name? Generally speaking the individual responsible for the discovery of the malicious program gets the honor of naming it. In theory the name is supposed to be related to the virus and what its intent is, however it is obvious by the bizarre names...

The very first viruses: Creeper, Wabbit and Brain.

Generally accepted as the first virus is the Creeper Worm. In 1974 the Wabbit Virus, was created. In 1986 the Brain Boot Sector Virus showed up. The Brain virus is responsible for the first IBM PC virus epidemic.

Nero 9 forces install of ASK toolbar

I'm stunned. Recently I was seeking some new software for burning DVDs. I've used NERO often in the past, and was quite happy with it. I've not used NERO since moving from XP to Vista and now Windows7. I thought I'd check out the new Nero 9 Lite (Link included out...

Must have malware tool of the week, #1

Dr.Web CureIt! detects and neutralizes viruses, rootkits, Trojan horses, spyware, and other malicious objects that have gone undetected by your anti-virus software. I have been amazed at the effectiveness of this product, it is able almost every time to detect viruses that traditional scanners can not.

Computer threats & the joy of malware.

Viruses are never ending in the PC realm. For me, I find this quite entertaining. There is nothing quite like tackling a stubborn virus, and the satisfaction that comes with defeating it. Ah, the joy of viruses. Often people suggest getting a Mac (Since they don’t yet have the same level of malicious threats), but...