Microsoft Windows has, arguably, had an image problem for the last couple of years.
For a long time it was known as the least secured operating system that was out on the market.
While some of the rumors may have been true, a big part of the problem was the fact that so many people used the operating system.
It was the number one most installed system in the world and this was by a very large margin.
Now, with Windows 7, you are looking at a more secure and solid operating system and with this more secured operating system you should also be sure that you have the right programs installed on it.
These programs should be able to keep it secured and running like the first time that you booted it up.
Protect Yourself Against Adware And Spyware
Part of keeping your computer secure is the fact that you must keep it well maintained.
Part of doing this is by keeping all of the invaders off of your system.
While you mostly hear about viruses and other malware, you rarely hear about the other threats to your computer.
These are threats such as spyware and adware.
These are programs that are put onto your computer without you knowing.
They do not cause damage but they can violate your privacy.
The software watches what you are doing when you surf the internet and then sends the data back home to the server of the person or company who created the program.
There are a bunch of programs out there that will stop this from happening – one of the most popular is a program called Ad-Aware and it is able to find all of the most recent spyware that might be on your system.
If you want to make sure that your system is secured then this is a good place to start.
The Fight Against Malware
After you have the spyware issue taken care of now it is time to start worrying about the other infections that can creep onto your computer.
You are going to have to install some sort of antivirus on your system.
Antivirus will help you stop not only viruses but also Trojans, Worms, and anything else that the modern day hacker can come up with.
There are many antivirus solutions that you can choose from so make sure that you read about what they have to offer so that you can make an informed decision.
If you are not sure about some of the tech talk that may be in the explanation then you can go online and look it up on Wikipedia.
When you pick the antivirus solution that you are going to use, make sure that you keep it updated.
If you do not then you will find that all new viruses will be able to get past your security.
Windows 7 is a very secure operating system but that does not mean that it cannot use some help.
With the security of the system, and the downloading of the right programs, you will be able to surf the internet worry free for a long time.
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