Protecting Yourself from Unsafe and Unwanted Software

With the addition of Windows Firewall, Internet Explorer’s Protected Mode, and Windows Defender, it has become much easier to keep unwanted software off of your computer and to remove it when it does get installed. The use of an antivirus program and sound surfing habits help increase safety and security to a very high level. This section examines some best practices that help to keep your computer free from unwanted software.

To Trust or Not to Trust?

Microsoft offers a digital signing technology, called Authenticode, that can be used to guarantee that an executable item comes from the publisher it says it comes from and that it has not been changed, deliberately or otherwise, since it left ...

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