PTR Guide - Things To Avoid

Sunday, November 25, 2007 |

Scam & Junk Sites There are many sites out there which promise emails worth the likes of $50 or $100 and upwards. DO NOT join any of these sites. These are ridiculous attempts to take your money and you will never see a penny.

Avoid Spyware & Unwanted Software Installations
Whilst avoiding Spyware is never 100% guaranteed, there are a few things you can do to help yourself avoid these little beggars, and other malicious software being installed on your machine. Some sites can install software silently in the background after you've visited them and you may or may not realise this until you have rebooted your computer. So here are our recommendations for the things you should have if you are a Windows user.

Use Any Browser But Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer is the biggest browser in the world, granted, but it's also the weakest when it comes to avoiding these attacks, and until IE7 is released to the general public, steer clear. We recommend using a tabbed browser, which will allow you to tabs within the same window, making browsing much more organized. Mozilla Firefox. This browser has the capability to stop websites installing software on your machine and is much less prone to getting caught out by malicious websites. It is tabbed and is customizable, so you can make it look more to your taste too. :) Microsoft Anti-Spyware A tool from Microsoft that offers real-time protection against websites trying to change things on your machine, as well as catching spyware before it is able to get itself a nest! Microsoft will throw money at this until it's the biggest around. It's free, and definitely well worth having.

A Good Anti-Virus Software Package Whilst there are many anti-virus packages around, we prefer to use either Norton AntiVirus or McAfee ** credits to **