Chapter 2: Fighting Viri and Scum

In This Chapter

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

arrow.png Getting the lowdown on malware

arrow.png Understanding how Windows Defender works

arrow.png Scanning for rootkits via Windows Defender Offline

arrow.png Deciphering your browser’s cryptic security signs

Windows 8 is the first version of Windows to ship with a complete antivirus/anti-spy/anti-malware package baked right into the product.

askwoodycom_vista.eps You don’t need to buy an antivirus, firewall, or anti-everything product. Windows 8 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 use these days can get you even if you aren’t stupid. Book IX, Chapter 1 helps you understand the tactics online creeps use and keep your guard up.

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