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The PC and Gadget Help Desk: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing by Mark Edward Soper

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4. Curing Malware and Stopping Scams

Fast Track to Solutions

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Table 4.1 Symptom Table

Got Malware? What It Is and What It Does

Are you seeing unending pop-up ads on your screen? Has your browser forgotten your home page? Is your formerly fast computer just crawling along? Maybe your browser can’t connect to the Internet anymore? These and similar problems might have a single cause: malware.

Malware (short for malicious software) is a general term for software that can slow down your computer, steal information without your knowledge or consent, and threaten your access to your information and to the Internet.

The most common categories of ...

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