- Series: How to Do Everything
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (July 27, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072256559
- ISBN-13: 978-0072256550
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,620,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Do Everything to Fight Spam, Viruses, Pop-Ups, and Spyware 1st Edition
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Its comprehensive, its clearly written and illustrated, and, most of all, the advice is right on the money. -- Chicago Tribune, Tech.Buzz, October 16, 2004
From the Back Cover
Get expert advice on finally ridding your computer of annoying spam and pop-up ads and invasive viruses, spyware, and adware. You’ll discover where these electronic nuisances originate, how they work, and how to prevent them. Learn to choose spam-resistant e-mail addresses and get the most from your spam filter. Protect your computer from virus attacks with antivirus software and preventive measures. Also, find out how to avoid unknowingly installing spyware and adware, and block those pesky pop-up ads. The bonus CD-ROM features trial versions of the prevention tools covered in the book.
- Understand how spammers operate and how to safeguard your e-mail addresses
- Use spam-filtering software and challenge-response mail systems
- Configure your PC to resist virus attacks
- Recognize virus-laden emails and avoid virus infection when downloading files
- Install, configure, and update antivirus software
- Diagnose and remove viruses from your system
- Avoid inadvertently installing adware and spyware
- Learn about dialers and manage Internet cookies
- Use spyware utilities and firewalls to protect your system
- Block pop-ups and other annoying advertisements
- Get details on the virus- and spyware-fighting features of Windows XP Service Pack 2
About the author: Ken Feinstein has been writing about computers and gadgets for more than five years. His work has appeared in Computer Shopper, CNET, ZDNet, Computer Gaming World, and Future Networks’ EZ Tech Guides.
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Home users generally think of the computer as an appliance. They don't want to know more than they have to in order to use it for its intended purpose. They aren't trying to become computer security experts any more than they want to understand the physics behind how the microwave oven works.
Unfortunately, you can use a microwave oven without understanding the physics, but at least a rudimentary understanding of the threats out there and how to protect your computer or network from them are required to effectively use the computer.
Feinstein does a good job of explaining what the threats are and why you are at risk, and then providing the reader with fairly simple instructions to help shield the computer from that threat and protect your data and your network bandwidth so you can use the computer as you intended.
This is a good resource for a home user trying to learn about protecting their PC
For a computer-user guide, this book is refreshingly direct and easy to read and use. It's humorously written and is plain-spoken without talking down to you. There's technical information about topics like browser security and where viruses come from, but it doesn't barrage the reader with jargon or unnecessary details.
The directions on using utilities and configuring settings have plenty of screenshots and are easy to follow. The author talks you through diagnosing and fixing ad-ware and virus infections, so you don't have to worry that you'll accidentally delete something crucial. A CD containing essential anti-virus software and anti-spyware programs, like Ad-Aware and Spybot, rounds out the package.
Even if you feel like you already know how to keep your own computer safe, this book makes a great gift for family or friends who are overwhelmed by spyware or keep unwittingly sending you virus-laden emails. It's a computer book that even your parents can understand and use, and it's one they really need. Too bad it wasn't available when I bought my mother a new PC earlier this year; I'm sending her a copy right now.
Having spent that last several months working on a spyware lockdown, this book has provided some very important information for me to the project. The book does give you a great deal of interesting reading that is written for just about all levels of comprehension.
The author has given you a number of ways to configure, install, setup and troubleshoot the various ways to block spyware, spam, the ever annoying pop-ups and even viruses. What this book does is lay out a way for the reader to first take in the concepts and then try it out. As always you need to make sure you have a backup of the system you will be working.
The book does come with a cd that has several demos and even a couple of freeware utilities, although the Spybot and Ad-Aware are out of date since the printing, they are still useful and best of all free. Overall the book does a good job of informing the user without being over technical and if you are new to computers this might be a good pickup to see what you are in for.
The books doesn't just tell you how to remove problems like spyware and viruses, it explains how to avoid them in the first place. I especially appreciated the section on spam, which offered some clever techniques for keeping your email address safe from spammers.
The authoer includes a bit of humor throughout the book, and doesn't pull any punches. I found the background info about how spammers operate and how spyware and viruses propagate to be especially interesting.
Overall, it's an excellent how-to guide aimed at a general audience.
The same is true with viruses and spyware. You first need to learn how these nasty things spread so you can avoid getting infected. The book goes into great detail on this issue with clear explanations and very helpful advice. For those already afflicted, it explains how to remove a virus or spyware infection. The software on the included CD helps with that as well.
The section on pop-ups explains what pop-ups are and where they come from. It then teaches you how to effectively use pop-up blocking software.
Make no mistake, this book is written for the general user; it's no reference text for IT professionals. But even experienced users will find a lot of worthwhile material.