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10. Configuring a New PC > 98. Protect Your PC from Malware

Protect Your PC from Malware

Rid your PC of dozens of performance-robbing pop-up and search bar annoyances with a few free programs.

Viruses and malicious hackers are bad, but you may find yourself under considerably more threat from software that has a way of sneaking onto your computer, such as:

Adware

Software that pops up advertisements while you are using your computer.

Spyware

Software that gathers data on what you do with your computer and reports that information back to its maker.

Malware

Software that is designed to cripple your computer or open a back door for malicious attackers. Often used as a catch-all term for adware, spyware, and any other bad software you didn’t knowingly install.


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