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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.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both. And be one traveler, long I stood. And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair. And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay. In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." -- Robert Frost: Road Not Taken (1962)

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