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Anti-virus, Malware, Security

On a default Windows installation, every time you try to install or run a program (or do just about anything), it prompts you to ask if you really want to do this. Here's how to turn that off.

There's nothing worse than realizing too late that you accidentally deleted hundreds of precious photos from your iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, those photos are actually still on your device and can most likely be recovered.

As a parent myself, I think its important to be aware of the dangers that are lurking on the Internet so that you can protect your kids from viewing inappropriate or adult-related web pages.

Today I was just browsing through various websites using Chrome on my iPhone - and nothing questionable by any means - when I suddenly received a "Security Breach Detected" popup message claiming to be from Apple.

Dear Mr. Ricky: I had this whole long letter typed out about how I couldn't get into my facebook because i couldn't remember my fb email or my gmail.com Which is also my email and now I can't remember either one.

If you're selling your Mac or giving it back to your company's IT department, you'll want to protect your personal information by wiping the hard drive and resetting to factory defaults.

You'll know right away if you've been infected by this nasty malware virus because you'll see a warning popup when you log into Windows, or try to open a web browser, or click on a web link in an email message. Here's how to make it stop.

How to protect your system from computer viruses that are often picked up from seasonal web sites that you or your kids might visit during the Holidays.

Last year I trashed on Norton because it failed to protect my home computers from Malware Alarm. A rep from Norton reached out to me a couple weeks ago, and asked if I'd give them a second chance with their new flagship program Norton 360...

Question: Can malware or spyware do any real harm to my computer, or is it all just a bunch of hype?

Answer: Yes, malware, spyware, and adware can wreak havoc on your computer - from capturing financial account information, using your computer to make expensive phone calls or send spam emails, keeping you from using your web browser due to obnoxious (and fake) security warning popups, and even placing hard core porn links on your desktop.

I used to naively think that malware was just a minor but harmless annoyance, or that spyware was limited to just reporting my online preferences much like a grocery card at Safeway. That was until my home computers became infected with MalwareAlarm and I was unable to use my web browsers altogether, due to the constant popups claiming I needed to send this company money to get rid of the security popups.

More recently I turned off my anti-spyware software for a couple of days to troubleshoot some performance issues, and my system was almost immediately infected with IEMonster and another nasty adware infection called zlob.PornAdvertiser (and not from visiting any questionable or adult-related websites either).

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