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NEED FOR PC SPEED

Typically, the way how to speed up own PC is interesting for many Internet visitors. There are several factors which affect the performance of the computer and slow down the way it works. Look through the 5 Tips below, they will help to understand the reason of slowness and help to eliminate it.

1. NO JUNK RECORDS AND RUBBISH

System cleaner is a cool thing to have on the PC, it will detect and delete all useless items to make sure that nothing overloads the system. Various apps and programs may keep cache files which waste computer space and have no sense to be on the workstation. Temporary files often slow the PC and provoke freezing of the running programs. Make sure that your PC is not a cemetery of used files or a warehouse of the useless items.

2. DEFRAGGING IS BAD

When there are no empty space behind the system, computer can run fast and without problems. Files will be processed longer as well as folders that require more time to open unless you eliminate all empty spaces. Try to consolidate all parts of the system into a single mechanism to have the best performance and the highest efficiency.

3. SYSTEM ERRORS

System errors may happen because of several factors; addressing errors, undetected errors while transmitting data via communication networks, failures of sensors, and so on. Such situations appear after forcefully shutting down the computer, ignoring software updates and installation of malicious applications. To make your PC run faster you need to be sure there are not system errors on the workstation.

4. OFTEN UPGRADES

Upgraded software means a lot for the speed of the computer performance. It does not take too much time to do that, in fact, slowness really depends on the software. Regular cleaning of computer rubbish, cash files, unknown items is also important. User can investigate the features of the hardware with the help of a system information utility.

5. MALWARE SCAN

Malicious software is often guilty in the abnormal slowness of the workstation. Such software interferes to the browser to track searching keys and monitor the traffic. Most likely, the owner of the infected computer faces plenty of advertisement banners while being online. Scan your PC with anti-malware software to track and eliminate unwanted items. This will have positive effect on the speed of computer performance.

WHAT DO BOTS STAND FOR?

Bots are also known as Internet robots designed with a purpose to help get things done or answer the questions in Facebook Messenger, Skype, social sites and so on. They are often interconnected with malware as cyber criminals use them for malicious purposes. Helping hackers, bots or computer spiders may give remote access to the system and total control.

Bad bots/malicious bots are self-propagating, hackers spread them on the Web with the aim to infect as many computers as possible. Of course, these items can be used with positive intention to gather information or dynamically interact with the website, for example.

Netizens should be alert about some hazardous activities which bots often conduct. They may gather passwords and monitor keystrokes. In such a way they may even steal credential information. Bots are guilty in the opening back doors and installation of new viruses and Trojans.

Bots have one peculiar feature other computer threats cannot boast. They come into the system unnoticed and may remain undetected even after a long period. Computer has such places that are “in shadow” for the antivirus software, there bots hid under the familiar file names and processes users accept as innocent.

Personal data has to be protected all the time in case bots appear in the system. Disconnect infected computer, make sure that all vital information is backed up or save it after checking that it is malware-free. Clean your computer using anti-malware software. Scan the system regular and be mindless online.

5 DANGERS OF CRACKED SOFTWARE

It is almost impossible to find the person who has never installed Pirated or Cracked software. There are plenty of resources on the Web where users can meet available applications and programs and download them for free. Commonly, pirated software has disabled protection features that makes such utilities unsecure. Sadly, but we have strong arguments against cracked programs. Firstly, read our five issues about pirated software, and then, it will be up to you install or not to install.

VIRUSES AND MALWARE

Cracked or pirate software has been spread around the Internet not because some good souls decided to share their favourite utilities or films with the rest of the world. It is hackers who tend to install unwanted utilities onto your PC. While using pirated, you make your system visible and opened to various viruses and malware. Then, you know what is going on.

WEB CONTENT

Websites with pirated content often doesn’t care about those who visit their resources, so that safety of the users is at risk. Of course, not all want to get to the non-confident resources, however, cyber criminals may even redirect netizens to the suspicious sites which can infect the system with various computer threats like ransomware, spyware, adware and so on.

INSTABILITY

Do you know that cracked versions of the software may influence the work of the whole system? It reduces performance and is the reason of instability. Software updates mean a lot for the security of the PC and its normal work, however, pirated programs miss regular fixes and are less efficient.

VIOLATION OF THE LAW

When you install pirated software, you violate the law. And you really can assume executive responsibility for personal online actions. If you do not have intention to be judged, omit breaking the law and installing cracked software.

MODIFIED SOFTWARE

Internet visitors often install cracked software that contains viruses. In lucky cases, antivirus detects such utilities and blocks them, however, that is not a surprise to infect the system with malware samples attached to the pirated programs. Commonly, manually modified software is able to conduct actions not mentioned by users or security software. It can be previously programmed to copy all your actions or sent documents and transfer this information to the malicious users.

WHAT IS A TROJAN HORSE?

This computer threat obtained own name due to the manner of penetration, usually, users have no idea that some side software has appeared on their PCs. Firstly, they install a typical file and then suddenly reveal sneaky application in the background of the system.

Symptoms

If Trojan Horse is in the system computer starts slowing down, even a minor task takes loads of time. Internet often disconnects without certain reason and pages load for too long. This computer threat consumes significant part of the computer’s resources, so that programs may freeze and crash. There can be browsers pop-ups which appear with abnormal frequency. In fact, if it is Trojan that mines cryptocurrency, it will behave quietly, without a bunch of adverts.

Ways of penetration

Commonly, Trojan Horse infection appears due to the spam emails sent to the random users. Beware opening unfamiliar emails from stranger, it is better throw them in Trash and delete without reading. Hackers often use social engineering techniques to spread the Trojan all over the Internet. They show up links to infected sites in the instant messages and redirect users to suspicious resources. In fact, Internet visitors may personally infect their workstations when they install software with malware samples and permit their installations like built-in tools.

Remediation

The best solution of any problems is their prevention. Regular diagnostic scans of the system enable owners to know the real state of affairs. Keep all important applications updated, do not ignore updating operating system. Stay away from unreliable sites and not respected software. To click on the unknown links is a really bad idea. Use tough passwords on your accounts. Check whether your sensitive information is secure from side users.

HOW TO SECURE OWN KIDS ONLINE?

Children are the most vulnerable point of your security, they need your close attention and permanent care. They often hide that something has happened with their device or somebody suspicious has written or contacted them. And, of course, kids like to visit sites and resources that are unknown for them despite the fact that plenty of them are forbidden for their age.

Use privacy settings

Kids must have both freedom and feel responsibility for own online actions. In fact, if children understand what will be the result of their behavior, they are able to make the right decision. When parents do not allow their kids to use the Internet, it only incites them to break the rules. It will be much better to change settings in the browser, social media accounts to prevent visiting suspicious resources and forbidden sites. Limit the number of visitors who may write your children on social networks and filter inappropriate content on YouTube.

Tough passwords

If you register your kids on the site or they want to do it themselves, remind them to create a complicated password. It is likely to be unknown for children why it is so important. Explain youngsters that the password which contains  numbers, symbols, upper and lower case letters is more encrypted and hard to compromise. Teach your child to remember all the passwords and avoid using the same ones on different sites.

Parental controls

Do not be afraid to apply parental control apps; there are many of them existing. Use such programs to know what sites your kid visits and how much time he or she is online. The same applications allow you to block unwanted sites and resources that you consider not confident. The thing is that parents are able to know about interests of own child without disturbing kids privacy. That is a cool way to know about favourite things and preferences.

Check settings

Commonly, when you install an app, it asks for the access to you gallery, camera, microphone, location, etc. Children can mindlessly accept required conditions simply clicking on the button to start installation. They know nothing about bundled tools that allow third-party users to get remote access to the private data so that they can use this sensitive information to obtain a revenue. Tell your kids about necessity to do every step of the installation carefully.

Security software

Remember to install security software and prevent appearance of the potentially unwanted objects on the smartphone or laptop your kid uses. In such a way you can teach your child to clean all rubbish and keep the system clean. You will be sure that there is no suspicious application that your kids may interconnect with.

WHAT IS SPYWARE?

Today we want to introduce you one more type of computer threat, we mean spyware. Spyware refers to the malicious software which has been designed to track users actions. Some experts think that this malware may be used not only with hazardous purposes, but the fact that it appears on the PC without knowledge of the owner signals the opposite.

Programs which fall into the category SPYWARE are able to record what user is doing on the computer. In such a way, third-party users may know about passwords, credit card details, banking credentials, etc.

Applications of this type work quietly and keep own presence in secret. Of course, the presence of malware spoils normal performance making it challenging. The owner comes across with unpredicted slowness and freezing.

As a rule, spyware is distributed due to the freeware resources. Internet visitors get to such pages accidentally (in fact, that could be planned by cyber criminals). License restrictions are minimal or absent on such sites, commonly, it is required to register and that is all. Consequently, hackers have plenty of victims and infected PCs.

SECURITY MYTHBUSTERS

Do you like breaking popular myths? And if they concern security of your personal data? You may rely on your current anti-virus and security check post, but it really means nothing if the crucial points of the security exploitation are not correct. And, vice versa, things that feel lack of confidence in your understanding can play a great role in keeping your sensitive information secure. Keep going and we promise that you’ll be shocked!

1. YOU ARE LESS VULNERABLE THAN YOU THINK

There is always worrying that your PC and privacy are less secure than we hope. The thing is that Internet visitors may really come across with hackers every time they are online. Many actions may cause vulnerability in the security unless users have effective defense applications which can protect workstation and keep browsing acts in secret.  Make sure that the flow of the programs and files that appear in the system is not so high and does not compromise the PC.

2. SLOWNESS OF THE SYSTEM

PC with online security software really has the chance to experience slowness. However, this slow down refers not to the overloading due to the application running, there are some other factors that are guilty in slowness. Internet security applications work as well as other programs and has no special features to freeze the system.

3. NEW DOESN’T MEAN SAFE

If you start using new and previously not maintained device, it really does not mean that it is secure and has no computer threats. That is not the whole truth as problems can happen even to new computers which still have no security programs that will defence your PC from possible penetrations.

4. DON’T SAVE PASSWORDS

It is not a rare case that Internet visitors are offered to save their passwords. That is really comfortable, in fact, it is not safe as third-party users may obtain access to your personal information. Do not hope to get this information only for own needs. You should enter the password every time you visit particular sites. You will have the chance to increase security as well as train your memory!

5. CLOUD SERVICES

Cloud accounts and services can be hacked, so that many Internet users feel lack of confidence to them. In fact, if to say about the confidence of back up data, there is nothing better than personal cloud account. Users have a possibility to encrypt personal data that is safer if compare with saving information on the PC or other device.

WHAT IS ADWARE?


Adware or ad-supported software stands for the malicious application that aims to spread advertising banners and generate the traffic. It delivers ads automatically. We have told you about types of adware here. Let’s remind some of them: In-text ads, Pop-ups and pop-unders, Banner Ads, URL Redirection, Automatic video adverts.

Advertisers often use adware a tool to generate revenue. In some cases, adware is used with positive purpose to spread the ads. Sadly, we have to classify this software as malicious because it comes bundled with different hazardous items like spyware or keyloggers.

Malicious adware deals with showing pop-ups and not closing windows that appear while surfing the Internet. To block such popping-up windows is difficult or even impossible unless user finds the source of adware and deletes it.

Adware may appear in the system legally and have no essential effect on the OS efficiency. However, you should know that such objects may be used by third-party users to spy your sensitive information and collect searching keys. You need to have adware-removal application to protect your privacy and delete unwanted items.

Are you ADdicted?

What types of popular addiction do you know? If you thought about drugs and alcohol first of all, you urgently need to read this article. Here, we want to alert Internet users that they are addicted even without having an idea about that. So, we collected the most popular ways of catching our attention while you are online, and you will be shocked to know the ways marketers and bloggers use to involve you in the interaction.

  1. 1. In-text ads

Users who deal with blogs often seek assistance from so-called In-text ads. This type of adverts stands for the sort of contextual advertising that matches both key words in the text and advertising samples. In other words, they are the links converted into the text words. Such kind of advertising features is really convenient, it enables bloggers to save place in the text and simply forward Internet visitors to the necessary pages. It is a nice method to monetize own blog, so many popular bloggers and freshers use it. You may already heard about Infolinks, Viglink, Vibrant, BeContext, Skimlinks and some others, all of them refer to the In-text Advertising Programs.

  2. Pop-ups and pop-unders

Pop-ups and pop-unders are both pop-ads which open a new browser window in front of the Internet visitors. But the way users see these two types of popping ads is different. In the case with pop-ups, it opens the window with the advert at once, so user look at it in front of the current site. Pop-under shows ads under the running site, and Internet visitor meets them after closing the window. Pop-ups and pop-unders also help to monetize the site and earn money for its owner generating the traffic.

3. Banner Ads

Banner Ad is what you can describe as a rectangular image or display with the text. It can appear in the bottom of the screen, take place in the side of the web site or occupy a sport stretching across the top. Banner Ads appear in some apps and remind about themselves refreshing from time to time. There are more types of this ad according to the position they take on the screen they can be called leaderboards or skyscrapers.

4. URL Redirection

URL Redirection is one more way how advertisers can make the page more available. This technique can be also used if in the process of site development some things have been changed. We mean modification in the general structure of the site, changing of the domain name or the situation when the site has moved to another place, so Internet visitors who enter the address of the site are simply forwarded to the necessary page. Typically, Internet vendors are interested to know what sort of goods is interesting for customers. It is easy to learn detailed statistics.

5. Automatic video adverts

This sort of advertising has all chances to be called the most irritating as well as the most effective. No one can ignore it while entering the page with such type of ads. Statistics say that more than 60% of all advertisement banners are automatically played, and marketers like them very much as they enable customers and Internet visitors to see and capture the most important information appealed to them. In fact, the irritation provoked by the automatic video adverts motivates developers to create new Ad Blockers or such programs which are able to mute the pop-ups. Still, this king of advertising techniques remains popular and demanded.

What is Malware?

Malware was made by combination of two words malicious and software, so that we have malware. Commonly, we meet the name “badware” which gives merely characteristic of the malicious software aims. Cyber criminals use different types of malware to compromise targeted PCs and use computer’s resources for own needs. They can even steal data and harm the system locking it to obtain a revenue.

Malicious software can be not in the form of a program only, that is also a file that compromises the system once appears in the system. Various functions of the malware applications have extremely negative effect on the PC performance and may completely compromise the system turning the infected workstation into a robot which works in favor of hackers.

Internet visitors often mislead malware with virus, in fact, virus is only a type of malware. Besides this one, there are many other sorts of computer threats that have different features despite the fact that all of them have malicious purposes about the targeted PC.

We distinguish several kinds of malware; virus, adware, spyware, Trojan, ransomware, bot, bug, rootkit, worm, keyloggers, browser hijacker, backdoor and rogue security software. Next time we will tell you a little bit about all of them, their key features and symptoms.

Malware occurs in the system without users direct intention, moreover, it can conduct its hazardous activities really long while the owner of the infected computer has no idea about the fact of penetration. To prevent malware appearance users need to be really careful online. Add an anti-malware tracker to get rid of the malicious objects that manage to omit security defenders.

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