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Phishing and Identity theftJune 10, 2017
- Watch what you download! Many freeware programs and P2P programs are amongst the most notorious, coming with an enormous amount of bundled spyware that will eat system resources, slow down your system, clash with other installed software, or just plain crash your browser or even Windows itself.
There is no such thing as a free lunch and many “free” programs on the net contain adware or spyware.
Read carefully the EULA before installing anything and if it says “Supported by Advertising” or similar wording be very wary and expect problems and pops ups etc.
Be careful what add-ons, toolbars and extensions you install in your browser. Very few of them are needed, useful or safe. All the majority of these add-ons will do is slow down browsing and cause unwanted adverts and pop ups on your computer.
Be extremely careful when downloading from software sites. A high number of these sites use their own “download manager” which stealthily installs so called “optional” programs that cause pop ups, adverts and search diverts, unless you are scrupulous about watching what it does, and carefully uncheck every thing it offers, apart from the program that you actually want.
- Once a file has been downloaded then scan it with your antivirus, BEFORE opening it As a double check I recommend scanning it at: Kaspersky Application Advisor which will give a recommendation based on other user input and what the file appears to do. If it is safe then it will say so. Unknown files are automatically given a caution rating and bad files are marked with a red Warning.