What if you forgot to lock your front door when you left the house today? In all likelihood , you'd come home and everything would be untouched, just as you left it. But what if that just happened to be the day an evildoer chose to wander down your street rattling door knobs ? When he came to your door, he'd find it open. Now depending on his nerve and his evil intent, he might just open the door and leave it at that. Or he might come inside and start rummaging around. Other evildoers , seeing the door open , might stop in, too. Some would be looking for valuables. Others would be more interested in snooping into your personal business. Still others might use this as an opportunity to start doing business out of your house. You'd come home that night to a house full of strangers, each doing his own thing, all oblivious to the fact that you're the rightful owner, and getting rid of them would be quite a chore.
Sounds like locking your front door is a pretty good idea.
I think you probably know where I'm going with this. Your computer is just like that house. If you leave it unprotected when you venture onto the Internet, all sorts of bad guys can move in, take it over for their nefarious needs, and you'll have a devil of a time getting rid of them.
That's what this book is all about: Locking your system down to keep out the bad guysand how to exterminate them if they've already managed to sneak in.
Computer invasion is no fanciful threat. There are well over 30,000 Windows viruses itching to get into your machine. Antivirus vendor Trend Micro recorded 10 million infections during the second quarter of 2005. It's more than likely that you were one of the victims. And if not, you can't rely on your good luck to hold.
You need to take action to protect yourself right now. Fortunately, you have everything you need to know in your hands.
In this book, Andy Walker will take you on a tour of the entire zoo of malware: viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, zombies , BHOs, spam, root kits, and keystroke loggers. You'll learn what they are, how they work, and what to do to keep them off your computer. And you couldn't find a better tour guide. Andy has been helping computer users for years , both on his website, cyberwalker.com, and on radio and TV. Most recently he and I have worked together on a TV show named Call for Help . I've never worked with anyone better able to explain complex technology topics in a way in which anyone can understand them.
If you own a PC, you need this book. Read it and follow its instructions. It's not hard to lock your computer down tight. In fact, it's a lot easier to do that than to get rid of the bad guys after they've moved in. As my old grandmother used to say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of browser hijacker objects. Well, she would have said it, if she had had a computer.
If you have a computer, you need this book. Put it to work, and you can get to work knowing your PC is locked up safe and sound.
August 29, 2005