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There has been so much movie, TV, comic and other news out there it seems I have been distracted from bringing you topics this blog was based on; which is help you with your PC.  So ladies, I apologize but this one is mainly for the guys.  So this post blog isn’t going to be filled with flashy pictures and links to other sites.  Today it’s just me giving you some tips and trying to help.

You’ve done it, I’ve done it, nearly everyone has either inadvertently or purposely landed on a porn site.  It’s one of the biggest money makers on the Internet so there are millions of them out there.  Some are legit or as legit as pornography can get; while others are just breeding grounds for malicious activity.  Let’s face it, there is big money in pornography and as long as men are men, we’re going to go to one at some point.  If you’re a frequent visitor to those types of sites you are playing Russian roulette with the safety of your PC.  Surf at your own risk, but there are some things you can do to help protect yourself.

     1.  Invest either time and/or money in a good anti-virus software.  This is probable most crucial since most “casual” users use the anti-virus package that came with the PC.  This can be a costly mistake if you haven’t renewed the trial license and your PC is no longer being protected.  There are free or inexpensive packages out there that are highly rated and will do the job shielding you from viruses.

     2.  Anti-spyware is essential to keeping your PC free of unwanted intrusion.  Most anti-virus packages have an anti-spyware of some sort built into them.  But for added protection, it is always prudent to install at least one or two others.  The next biggest thing is to use them.  Scan your PC on a regular basis for spyware and viruses.  You can either schedule the scan during a time when you don’t use your PC or you can run the scan yourself.  The main thing is to do it more often that just once a month or more.  Usually once a week is a good idea.

     3.  Know your PC.  This is where most often users get fooled into thinking they have been infected with something.  There are a lot of worms and trojans that disguise themselves as legitimate software warnings that pop up on your screen when you’re on the Internet.  The user thinks it’s an anti-virus or some other software warning and clicks to allow a scan to take place.  That’s when they have you; you just gave permission for the worm or trojan to be installed on your PC.  Knowing your PC and what software you have on it is important to avoid situations like that.  A good rule of thumb if you’re not sure of a warning message that appears, especially when you’re on the Internet is to close as many programs and windows you might have running as you can, but avoid clicking anywhere on the suspected window.  Reboot your PC and see if the warning comes back.  If it does you may either be infected or have some other legitimate OS or software problem.

     4.  Probably the best way to avoid potential issues is to stay away from pornography websites.  But the truth is that any website can be compromised into carrying some type of malicious code that infects visitors.  So even if you don’t go to adult websites, you can just as easily get attacked on some other popular site.  The key is to protect yourself before there is a problem.  As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  Once your PC is compromised, the damage can be irreparable and oftentimes costly.  A lot more can happen than just losing your favorite receipts or family photos.  Your banking and other personal information can be stolen and used for identity theft.  You can get firewall and other programs that will block you from being able to go to porn sites.  If you have kids you might want to think about limiting their access to certain types of sites.

So there are some tips to help you if you choose to steer through the murky waters adult websites.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them for me and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.   Check back soon for my upcoming post on preventative maintenance tips for your PC.  There will be tips, hints and links to help your exercise some of the things I’ve discussed in this post.  Until then, please surf smart and surf safe.

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