If you have ever been on line, and had your computer taken over by a bogus spyware program, that throws a red screen of death, with a radioactive waster warning symbols, tells you they have done a systems scan and found loads of illegal porn that could ruin your family and social life and offers to save you for a mere $49.50, you should appreciate this book. So save some money, get this book and add some more bricks into the firewall and other programs that you currently use to protect and if necessary regain control of your system.
Larry Stevenson and Nancy Altholz have written a great reference book and provided readers with load of valuable information for preventing Malware from infecting your system, more important how to identify an infection and finally how to remove those nasty little Trojans and other gremlins from your system. All this information will hopefully prevent you from having to erase your hard drive, reload WindowsXP and all of your software. Even if you have to do this dreaded last resort, they offer some great information of how to get it done. The book includes a CD-ROM with Security first aid tools that include Anti-malware utilities and scanners, Backup and imaging applications, System analysis programs, Rootkit-detection-and-removal applications; it also includes password protectors and generators.
As our computer systems have developed, and we are using high speed DSL Connections to get online, the Blackhat Hackers have also developed their capabilities. I got hit with a Trojan while doing some Google research on Social Security information, so these idiots are out there, just about everywhere. I use a Norton Firewall, Norton Internet Security, Spybot S&D, Lavasoft's Ad_Aware and can still get zapped by a Rootkit. I was doing E-Mails and on line back in 1984, long before Al Gore even thought he invented it, so I have had a few decades of experience. I still learned more than a couple of things about dealing with Rootkits from this great reference. Check out CastleCops forum and website for some further information.