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Computer Viruses For Dummies [Paperback]

Peter H. Gregory

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Aug. 27 2004 For Dummies
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.


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From the Back Cover

Build up your defenses against online germ warfare

Discover how viruses work and how to outsmart the cyber-thugs who create them

Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses create a serious health problem for your PC, but this handy little book has the antidote! It’ll help you exterminate those nasty bugs and protect your system from catching more. Find out how to choose the right antivirus software, develop healthy computing habits, and keep your PC happy.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Understand how worms and Trojan horses work
  • Practice safe surfing
  • Block spyware and set up a firewall
  • Cure an existing virus infection
  • Use virus protection effectively

About the Author

Peter Gregory, CISSP, CISA, has spent 20 years developing technology solutions for those who aren’t technologically oriented. He is an information security strategist for a wireless telecommunications carrier.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Viruses and More Sept. 17 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The one thing about viruses that I've always wanted to know: why do people want to write and propagate virus programs. Surprisingly he does make some comments about virus writers, not to specifically identify them, but to give some history and general comments. I don't know that this was a help, but it's at least interesting.

Beyond viruses, this book also goes into other forms of nasty programs like Trojan Horses, HiJackers (that replace your home page with theirs), worms, Phishing Scams, and Spyware. I'd have liked to have seen just a little more about some of these, such as an evaluation of the anti- software that is available.

Like all the For Dummies books, this is a good introductory book, not the final word. But if you have a computer connected to the web, you'd best be paying at least some attention to Viruses, and this is a good start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value Book Nov. 4 2012
By Scott Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While this book is a very good value with the price, and at 292 pages it is by far worth it. However before reading this book, I did read this one Computer Security: Keeping Your Computer Safe with Virus Removal too. It is priced a lot lower, and still gives most of the same information.

Both books do a wonderful job discussing the history of computer viruses, how to get them off your computer and how to prevent them from coming back in the future. Guess it just comes down to what you want to pay versus how easy the reading is to understand, and how easy the instructions are to follow.

Both books are easy to read and understand. This one however is a bit wordy, and little more technical. Might be hard to understand for some readers that are a little less "techie".
1.0 out of 5 stars Old. Jan. 1 2014
By R. Boland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is as dated as the first season of Dynasty. More dated than my grandmother's wardrobe. More dated than... yoyu get the idea.
3.0 out of 5 stars okay Aug. 11 2014
By Michael Huh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book

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