To be honest, most network security programs are pretty useless. There is only so much that a virus scanner can do. If a virus was ever created for a real network security program, it would probably be too complicated to write and too stupid to work. Any device with the ability to launch a program that has random commands is going to be a lot smarter than one that just checks for virus signatures.
Computer users with high-end hardware will often find that they can prevent the “unwanted” software from even being installed by adding a firewall. This works like a virus scanner, except that it has the ability to block all incoming information to the operating system.
Once a computer user starts getting viruses, they should never use a firewall. This will make them a victim of “malware”.
Malware refers to malware that will get onto your computer’s file. It will also be able to change your operating system in some way.
There are many computer security programs that will not work. Some of these programs are:
– Don’t fall for “ntds” (Network Cougher Virus): These are fake antivirus programs that will force you to download and install their client. This is a real threat, but not nearly as big of a threat as some of the other dangers.
– Firewall: Many programs that try to block all incoming data will do nothing but allow them in if you have a firewall turned on. This can be dangerous because it allows hackers to run unauthorized scripts and applications right on your computer.
– Spyware: Spyware will get onto your computer in a variety of ways. You should not trust anyone who sells spyware because it will just install itself onto your computer and try to steal all of your personal information.
– Antivirus Programs: Most anti-virus programs will not detect any viruses at all. The best antivirus programs are only recommended for protecting against spyware and viruses.
– Malware: The threat of malware is enormous. You can get malware in a variety of ways:
– Program Download: There are many programs out there that can infect your computer with malware. These programs are advertised to be free, but the fact is that they come from sites that you are only supposed to visit.
These are just a few things to watch out for with network security tools. Once you get an antivirus program installed, make sure that it runs as often as possible and regularly updates.