Chapter 2

Fighting Viri and Scum

In This Chapter

arrow Quick security checklist — do’s and don’ts

arrow Getting the lowdown on malware

arrow Understanding how Windows Defender works

arrow Scanning for rootkits via Windows Defender Offline

arrow Deciphering your browser’s cryptic security signs

Windows 8 was the first version of Windows to ship with a complete antivirus/anti-spy/anti-malware package baked right into the product. Windows 10 brings along all those goodies — and they’re more than enough for just about anybody except spies and organizations that have ticked off Anonymous.

askwoodycom You don’t need to buy an antivirus, firewall, or anti-everything product. Windows 10 has all you need. It’s already installed and working, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

On the other hand, you need to hold up your end of the bargain by not doing anything, uh, questionable. I wanted to say “stupid,” but some of the tricks the scummeisters ...

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