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Guides: Malware Guide

This guide covers the topics on malware. It discusses what malware is, how you know when you are infected, how malware infects you, how to detect and remove malware, how to protect yourself from malware, and provides links to other malware informational web sites. I provide this guide because I have found malware is an issue that most people know very little about and because of this they can't defend themselves from the forces trying to disrupt their computer usage.

In fact, many people believe that computer malware is magical. I realized the extent of the ignorance when a friend of mine asked me, "[a]re more computer viruses man-made or naturally occurring?" For those that don't know the answer to the answer is this: All computer viruses are man-made. They are simplistic programs and not some mystical bugs that develop minds of their own.

In any event I hope that this guide will help people. If you have any comments about this guide please feel free to email me and let me know (see the contact information page). If there are parts that you think I should expand, parts that are confusing and need clarification, parts that you think are wrong, etc. then please tell me.

Explains the differences in the types of malware including: adware, spyware, viruses, worms, trojans and macro viruses.
This portion of the malware guide explains the tell tale signs of malware infection. Is your computer acting funny? Perhaps it's a sign...
Covers the entry points of malware into your system. This will help teach you how malware gets into a computer, and hopefully this will help you better understand the concept in general.
This section contains information on how to quickly remove malware from your system without having to read too much. Without reading other sections this chapter may not make much sense, but read this chapter first if you're short on time or dislike reading.
The manual detection & removal chapter of the malware guide is the most detailed. This part of the guide explains in detail how to locate and extricate the evil programs from your computer. It is recommend that you read previous sections before reading this section though.
Removing malware on your own can be tricky even if you know what you are doing. Luckily, there are many programs out there to help you. This chapter covers the trustworthy tools at your disposal and how to use them.
Protecting yourself from malware means to stop infection in the first place. By following the steps in this section you will save yourself a great deal of headaches in the future.
Contains links to other web sites that cover topics on spyware, adware, viruses, worms, trojans, macro viruses, or anything else about malware.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship[...] Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." - Herman Goering: Intelligence office interview at Nuremberg, 1946/4/18

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