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MOST LIKELY
YOU HAVE A
TROJAN, VIRUS, WORM OR SPYWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER

Good Morning,

I don't want to scare you, but I do want to get your attention. What I want to explain to you today is that approximately "50% of the people on the net have some type of virus, worm, Trojan or spyware program on their computer" according to recent news articles. In fact, in one article a spokesperson for Microsoft recently stated that "over 80% of all computer crashes and problems were the result of spyware, Trojans, worms and viruses."

Until a few months ago I would not have believed that more than half of us have at least one virus, worm, spybot or Trojan on our computers. It just seems so unlikely because most of us uses an anti-virus program to check our mail every day. But I believe it now.

I believe more than half of the people reading this letter have "something" bad on their computer and that most of you don't know it. I know, I know. You are saying, "But I run an anti-virus program every day" and "I scan every single email." So you probably think it is impossible for you to have a virus, worm, Trojan or spyware on your computer. In which case you better read the next sentence carefully.

MOST ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAMS
DO NOT CHECK FOR TROJANS AND SPYWARE

In other words, you could turn on your anti-virus program, read an email with an attachment and you could download a Trojan, etc... without knowing it. I'll say it again. Most anti-virus programs do not check for Trojans and spyware.

And it gets worse... but we'll cover that later.

 

DISASTER STRUCK

A few months ago a guest in my home used my computer while I was at work. They had my permission and did nothing wrong. However they did not know that I have my anti-virus program set to 'manual' so that I can turn it off and on depending on what I am doing.

During that one evening they downloaded 26 viruses, worms, Trojans and pieces or spyware. We wont even go into how many ad-ware programs they accidentally installed. We will say that it was a disaster. It wasn't their fault. I was the one who had turned off the protection system on the computer. I don't blame them. I blame myself.

Blame, however, is not the reason I am writing to you today. Instead I am writing to tell you about what I learned while repairing my computer.

NOT ALL ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAMS ARE ALIKE

I have always loved Norton's anti-virus program and still do. However, on that fateful day I discovered that Norton's anti-virus was not perfect.

Since I had so many problems on my computer I decided to take some time to study them before making repairs. By studying them I mean that I experimented by running one repair program (anti-virus, etc) after another to see what they found and what steps they recommended to repair the damage.

When I ran Norton's anti-virus I found 21 problems (excluding adware). I thought "Wow" that's a lot of problems.

Then I ran AVG (a free anti-virus program). It found 26 problems (excluding adware).

I was confused and ran the tests over and over again trying to find out why AVG found 26 problems and Norton's found 21. It took me a couple hours but what I discovered was that Norton's "primarily" scans for viruses and worms, while AVG scans for viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. The extra five items that AVG found were all Trojans and spyware that Norton's was not set up to search for.

ADWARE

On top of the 26 problems (viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware) found by the anti-virus programs there was a ton of adware that had installed itself on my computer. I tried several different adware removal programs and guess what? Most of the time they found the same problems, but sometimes one adware removal program or the other would find adware that the other adware removal programs had not.

Hmmmmm....

I was starting to see a trend. Not all programs functioned the same. It was not that one program was better than another. It was that each of the programs had been designed by someone different and that they also used different search databases.

MAJOR POINT
UPDATE YOUR ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAMS

I think it's important that I mention something I discovered early on. When I first ran any of the anti-virus, anti-adware, Trojan removal software I did not find as many problems as I stated above. In fact it was much less. But then someone reminded me to update them and THEN I found all these "extra problems." In other words, if you do not update your anti-virus programs then you could have a virus and not know it!

UNBELIEVABLE

Up to this point I was still pretty confident in my software programs (Norton's, AVG, Ad-aware, Spybot-SD, etc.) I felt that these programs were so good that I had now identified all the problems.

WRONG

After using Norton's, AVG, Ad-aware, Spybot-SD and several other programs to identify all the viruses, worms, Trojans, adware and spyware I thought I now had a complete list of all the junk that had been installed on my computer. Wrong! I ran another program called SWAT-IT. Swat-it found a Trojan called Gerbil.exe. None of the other programs could find Gerbal.exe (I tried them all again just for curiosity and they still missed it.) What scared me worse was that up until then all of the viruses, worms, etc. that I had found so far had all been downloaded that day by someone else. But Gerbil.exe was something I had downloaded while running Norton's Anti-virus over a year ago and which had been scanned (and passed the test) dozens of times.

Now you're probably thinking, "Hey, I'll just get Swat-it and forget about the rest." Wrong again. While Swat-it did find the Gerbil.exe program that none of the others did, Swat-it was unable to find some of the viruses that Norton's and AVG found.

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN TO YOU?

It means that even if you have been running an anti-virus program, you may still have downloaded a Trojan, spyware, etc. that your anti-virus program is not designed to check for. It also means that every single program I tried missed something that another program was able to find. Which means that if you only use one anti-virus program there is a possibility that it may have missed something.

WHERE DID ALL THESE
VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJANS, ETC. COME FROM

Generally people think of getting viruses, etc. from email. But it is just as easy to get them from downloading programs from websites. Every single problem that was installed on my computer that day came from downloading programs from a website. Only Gerbil.exe had come via email.

SOME WEBSITES
ARE MORE DANGEROUS THAN OTHERS

I don't want to scare you into avoiding surfing the web. That's not what I am trying to do at all. Instead I am trying to educate you about where you are most likely to encounter problems and the best ways to find and get rid of them. With that in mind I want to tell you that some websites are more dangerous than others.

What I am about to say is speculation or thinking out loud. IT IS NOT FACT. It's just thoughts, ideas and possibilities on why some websites may be more dangerous than others. <--- BaddTeddy covering his furry little but from lawyer crazy geeks.

SAFE SITES

Some websites (like www.KnightsOfKindness.com) offer only information, have nothing on them that is downloadable and do not install cookies on your computer. Sites like this are generally safe.

MEDIUM SITES

Other sites have only one or two programs that you can download. Basically they are selling or giving you one single piece of software. "Generally" sites like this are safe, although a few of these free programs may have spyware or adware included in the software you download. The better known the site and product are the more likely they are to be safe.

DANGEROUS SITES

Dangerous sites are generally those that allow "anyone and everyone" to upload programs for others to use. That means each of these people has a chance of uploading a program that may contain a virus, worm, spyware or Trojan that you could then download into your computer.

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITES

Any site where illegal actions (theft of copyrighted materials) take place on a regular basis (uploading and downloading copyrighted movies, music and games) is an extremely dangerous site. Forget about the legal repercussions for a minute. Instead think about the fact that these sites have a tendency to make some people mad. For instance they make the music companies mad, they make the musicians mad, they make the games creators mad. All these people are getting mad because someone is uploading stolen copies of their hard work, and then other people are (in the artists opinion) stealing even more copies of their copyrighted work.

Now. Lets take a minute and pretend you are a musician or game creator and someone stole your work and was giving away illegal copies on the Internet. Would this make you mad? And if you were mad, and knew where these people were giving away free stolen copies of your music/games, would you try to stop them or to seek revenge? If so, what would be the easiest way to strike back.

That's right. The easiest way for those who feel that you are stealing from them via games, music and video download sites to get revenge is for them to upload viruses, etc., onto sites that allow uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials by anyone and everyone without consent.

I'm not saying this is happening. I'm saying it is a possibility. A very strong possibility.

I'm also saying that the individual who used my computer went to these types of sites for just one afternoon and unknowingly downloaded 27 viruses, worms, Trojans and spybots. In fact, the program that they got for free that helped them do the downloading was also infected.

REVENGE

Revenge is a great motivator. It motivates a lot of people to do a lot of things that they might not otherwise do. Right now there are a lot of people, artists, musicians, software creators, artists associations, movie companies, etc. that are angry at those who steal copies of their work. I'm not saying they are uploading viruses, etc. to these sites for revenge. I am saying, "They are angry, they are motivated and it's easy to do", which makes me feel that these sites are extremely dangerous for those who do not fully and completely understand viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware.

EMAIL

Of course viruses, etc., still come in email attachments. Unfortunately your anti-virus program may say a download is clean (virus free) when it actually contains a Trojan, spyware, etc. Email is still part of the problem, although running an up-to-date anti-virus program can be a huge help.
WHAT AM I RECOMMENDING

Again, I am not trying to scare anyone. I am trying to suggest that everyone run an anti-virus program. I am suggesting that you check for updates for the anti-virus program at least once a week.

I am also recommending that if your computer seems to be running slow, crashes a lot, has browser problems, etc., that there is a possibility that you have a virus, worm, Trojan or spyware program on your computer.

THREE STEPS TO HELP DEFEND YOUR COMPUTER>
FIRST STEP

If your computer is running funny, I recommend that the first step is to clean out all your temporary files, cookies and organize your hard drive so that your computer is not overloaded with work.

How your works, how to remove junk files and organize your hard drive

SECOND STEP

If your computer is running badly and you have already cleaned out all your junk files and cookies then you 'may' have a virus, worm, Trojan or spybot on your computer.

I recommend updating your current anti-virus program to see if that will fix it. If not, I recommend "temporarily" uninstalling your antivirus program and trying a different one (You can always uninstall the new one and reinstall what you had before.).

Virus tutorial - AVG and other anti-virus programs

STEP THREE

If your computer is running badly, you have cleaned out junk files and tried at least two different anti-virus programs, then I recommend reading the tutorial on computer defenses and then running programs to check for adware, spyware and Trojans. After running each program, uninstall it before trying the next.>

How to Defend Your Computer - By BaddTeddy

Detecting and Removing - Trojans, Worms, Spyware, etc

TODAY YOU LEARNED
Today you learned that the majority of computer problems are caused by viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. The second largest problem being computer clutter (excess junk files). You learned what kind of websites are the most dangerous and how to find gremlins in your computer. I'd say you had a pretty good day. Now I'll shut up and let you go have some fun.

Great Bigg Teddy Bear Huggs...
BaddTeddy

P.S. Many thanks to A1Angel4u2 for editing this tutorial. If it looks good, she did it. If it's Ms. Pelled, I did it.

I HAVE A SMALL FAVOR TO ASK

I create these tutorials to help people (you).  Each one takes a weeks worth of research, typing, editing, etc.  I never ask anything in return except that you help others.
Today I would like to ask you to click ("Americans For Fair Drug Pricing" and "911 Safety Net") and show your support.
Five minutes of your time could help us save lives.

Great Bigg Teddy Bear Huggs. BaddTeddy

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