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Computer Viruses For Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0764574183
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (August 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764574183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764574184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter H. Gregory, C|CISO, CRISC, CISA, CISSP, DRCE, CCSK, PCI-ISA, is a career technologist and the security and risk manager. He is the author of over thirty books on security and technology. Peter is a co-founder of the Pacific CISO Forum, a graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy, and a member of the board of advisors and an instructor, for the University of Washington certificate program on Information Systems Security.

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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.
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By R. Boland on January 1, 2014
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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.
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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".
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