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HP Virus Protection FAQ

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Review 1 for Virus Protection FAQ
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KenO
Location: Ocean Springs, MS
Information widely needed
Date:February 17, 2011
Hats off to HP for taking us to the basics needed by so many who operate computers. Hope this will continue and support your excellent brand.
Feel a disclaimer is needed after that. I own no stock nor am I employed by HP or any of it's suppliers. I've just used the brand for a couple of decades.
20 of 21 found this review helpful.
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Teddy
Location: Woodstock, IL
Ignored how to avoid malware
Date:May 17, 2010
It is a good basic article but it did ignore mention of how computers commonly get infected with malware. The primary vector is clicking on a link in email or on a web page. Many schemes are designed to take the user to a legitimate looking site and then entice them to click on a link that will cause malware to try to infect the users computer. NEVER click on a link unless you trust it.
21 of 21 found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Virus Protection FAQ
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Mital
Location: Nairobi
Good write up!
Date:May 8, 2010
Gets the points across to a novice! Yes, there maybe problems installing an antivirus software after a PC is infected though. Also, a lot of Rogue Antivirus software are on the Internet, hence one needs to be careful and get a genuine product.
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tater
Date:May 7, 2010
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Qaseem
Date:May 7, 2010
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hider123
Anti-Virus
Date:May 6, 2010
Actually your article is not 100% accurate.
Anti-Virus applications are pretty much ineffective against the data thieves of today. AV apps are a $$ grab, a little cottage industry that popped up 10+ years ago and have gotten out of control.
As far as repairing a "sick computer" once it has been infected, you will do well to even have an AV app install if you try. And if it does it normally does not remove the infection completely and it will eventually return due to the pieces left that can re-manifest themselves.
Hardware is not affected, its the software controlling the hardware thats infected causing the issues. The only hardware device that may be damaged by a virus is the Hard Drive.
Don't slant your article! What about applications like Kapersky AV, MCaffee, Panda, Black Ice, and a host of decent freeware apps such as Anti-Vir or Avast or AVG.
Symantec AV is no wheres near the product it used to be. Overpriced and mostly ineffective.
I realize this article is aimed at novices but don't mislead them like this. Tell them to get professional assistance to eliminate thier problems before they end up having all thier personal data either destroyed, or sold to the highest bidder. There are alot of good techs out here and none of them work for "Geek Squad". or advertise on TV for a "free diagnosis".
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