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Computer Basics Absolute Beginner’s Guide, Windows® 8.1 Edition, Seventh Edition by Michael Miller

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29. Protecting Your PC from Computer Attacks, Malware, and Spam

As you’ve seen, a lot of what you’ll do on your computer revolves around the Internet. Unfortunately, when you connect your computer to the Internet, you open a whole new can of worms—literally. Computer worms, viruses, spyware, spam, and the like can attack your computer and cause it to run slowly or not at all. In addition to these malicious software programs (called malware) that can infect your computer, you’re likely to come across all manner of inappropriate ...

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