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Hello all i have to do a computer essay on viruses and spyware, i want you guys to read over it and see if i have all the good stuff in it, i am not done yet with the quates and cerits and such, dont do the english part that is getting done in another fourm. I hope that i can use dittos comments. i quated it so i should be ok. the spacing is all messed up now on here. Thanks for looking I did this in Open Office i am transfering it to school to correct it in MS word.

COMPUTER VRIUSES




Project 6 TECHNOLOGY

Select one of the six topics listed below and then find a minimum of five web pages that provide information on your topic. Using the information you find, write a two-page report in a new Word document. Be sure to cite each source. Save the document.




  • Fuzzy logic
  • Virtual reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Neural networks
  • Speech recognition software
  • Computer viruses
  • Online learning
Is your computer running sluggish? What about your computer begins to beep without reasons, locks up when you aren't even doing anything, restarts on its own, disks or disk drives are not able to open, to display weird looking messages, not opening up your favorite programs, even your web browser, you can't print correctly, or you see distorted error messages, or you just simple can't get into anything! Heck maybe you can't even turn the computer on! Well, maybe you have a sick computer, no don't run to the drug store and Buckley's Cold Syrup® and pour it on the computer! That will not accomplish anything and could ruin your computer for good. You got a virus or a spy wear invasion.

You are probably asking what is a computer virus and spy wear. Well for those that don't know a computer virus is it is a

Programming code that was designed to do something usually counterproductive and occasionally destructive, whether through ignorance or malice. A virus makes copies of itself without any conscious human intervention. Some viruses do more than simply replicate themselves; they might display messages, install other software or files, delete software of files, etc. A virus requires the presence of some other program to replicate itself. Typically viruses spread by attaching themselves to programs and files. For example, the file formats for Microsoft word processor and spreadsheet programs allow the inclusion of programs called "macros" which can in some cases be a breeding ground for viruses.

University Of Arkansas. Tribal Justice Information Sharing System. Arkansas USA: University Of Arkansas. 25 May 2004 http://www.tjiss.net/glossary_v.html 21 May 2006.

Spyware is




Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. Also called adware.




University Of Arkansas. Tribal Justice Information Sharing System. Arkansas USA: University Of Arkansas. 25 May 2004 http://www.tjiss.net/glossary_v.html 21 May 2006.




So now that we know what a virus is and what spyware is. Your next question is how did I get infected in the first place? Well this can depend on many things. Most of the time you get infected with a virus or spy wear is because your security settings are low, even if they are as high as they can be, virus and spy wear can still sneak into your system. Other times you could have gotten infected from that email that Aunt Sue sent you with that large attachment of a picture that you downloaded to your hard drive and now your computer is acting weird. What about that music CD that Jimmy Bob burnt for you and now you are playing it on your computer. After you took it out of your computer it began to act sluggish. Or what about that cool free game, that you know you would have to pay for it to use it. But you found it online for free and you downloaded it to your computer. You can also get a virus or spyware from downloading music or other files from a P2P (Peer to Peer) network. Some such P2P programs are LimeWire, BearShare, Shearza, eMule, and Kazza. Even using the Internet can lead you into a world of trouble. With those flash banners that say "Click Me," "Click Me." Those banners work when you click them. Sure they will open up a cool web page with a lot of flash adds and such. But they will also secretly download programs to your hard drive. These programs when opened are filled with viruses and spyware that are unleashed onto your system.

You can also get infected by the use of thumb drives, zip drives, DVD's, even the

3 ½ floppy that some may still use. You can't get infected if you just use them. But what if you have a file on one of those that Arron needs? So you borrow it to him, and when you get it back you use it on your computer. And after you take it out there are suddenly a lot of pop ups on your computer. In a network if the server computer gets a virus all the computers that it is serving gets the same virus.

In general computer viruses and spyware are every bit as destructive, and come in a vast variety of strains. However, computer viruses are almost always curable diagnosed, and cures for new strains are usually just a matter of days, not months or years. In the fallowing paragraphs I will tell you how to remove the viruses and spyware on your computer for free. That is right for free.

You don't need to take your computer back to the story where you bought it form or even go the story to buy the programs that you need to remove them. All the programs mentioned in this essay are free of charge and are guaranteed to be virus and spyware free. The most important thing I need you to do is make sure that you fallow these next steps in the order they are given.






Peperation


The first thing you need to do is scan your computer with CleanUp! Clean up is a free utility that will remove cookies (tracking devices) and your Internet history from your computer.

1) Download CleanUp! from this site:http://www.stevengou...p/CleanUp40.exe

2) Close all open windows including your Internet browser.

3) Open CleanUp! by double-clicking the icon on your desktop, It will launch

4) You should see a CleanUp! button that when clicked will play a sound file of a toilet flushing. At the end of the scan it will ask you log off or restart your computer, do so.

5) You then will almost have a computer free of cookies and your Internet history will be erased.

6) Close and restart your computer.



Spyware and Adaware Removal








The second step is to scan your computer with Ad-aware SE. This step will try to remove spyware and it also will take off the reaming cookies on your machine.

1) Download Ad-aware SE from this site http://lavasoft.elem...pport/download/.
2) Install it by clicking on the icon on the desktop

3) Run the web update feature. Click on the Globe icon, Click connect, Click OK, Click Finish. (You have to be connected to the Internet for this step.)

4) Start the scan by clicking on the " Scan Now" button. Select the "Search for low-risk threats." Also select the "Perform Full System Scan"

5) Click Next, the scan will now be performed,

6) When the scan has completed, select Next.

7) In the Scanning Results window, select the "Scan Summary" tab. Check all objects found in the Critical Objects tab. Click Next, Click OK.

8) Close and restart your computer.

The third step in cleaning your system is to use Spybot Search & Destroy. Spybot S&D is almost the same as Ad-aware SE, but with a few differences. It is mostly for removing spyware and ad-ware.

1) Download a free copy form this site: http://www.geekstogo...=download&id=14

2) Install it by clicking on the icon on the desktop, or wherever you saved it.

3) Run the web update feature by clicking "Search For Updates" button. It then find updates. Check the check box and then click on the "Download Updates"

4) Next click "Search & Distort" on the left hand side bar. Then click on the "Check for Problems" It then will search for spyware

5) Click all that it finds and then click the "Fix Selected Problems"

6) Close and restart your computer.

Virus Removal

The fourth step is to run a online virus scanner, such as Trend Housecall. Even if you have a purchased virus scanner it is still a good idea to run a online one because the one installed on your computer could be corrupt with the spyware or viruses or both on your computer. The instruction on how to run it are on this site: http://housecall.tre.../start_corp.asp. Just be sure to check the "Auto Clean" check box.



If you don't have any antivirus software installed on your computer, or if your subscription to definition updates has expired. Install AVG's very good, easy to use, and free version of antivirus. This package includes real-time protection, scheduled scans, automatic definition updates, and email scanning. Get it from this site: http://esd.element5......m/freeweb.php

If you do have a virus scanner installed allready DO NOT install another one they will conflict and cause more problems.







Windows Update

An unprotected, unpatched Windows XP installation will get infected within minutes of connecting to the Internet. Because of this, I need you to do install all critical updates before proceeding to the next step. Get them from this site: http://www.windowsupdate.com/




Restart

The progrmas above will remove the pajority of spywear and viruses form your system. "Automated tools are not always successful at removing malware (spyware) from your system. Some infections may generate random files names, are too new, or use other tricks to avoid detection." says ditto form the Geeks To Go forums http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/You_Must_Read_This_Before_Posting_A_Hijackthis_Log-t2852.html finish quating this




Hijack This

Hijack this is a dangerous tool to use by yourself. That is why I'm providing you a link to forum's that look over the Hijack This logs, and tells you what to remove. Don't worry theses are trust worthy people. Hijack This is a dangerous tool because it looks for certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas are used by both legitimate programmers and spyware and viruses. Some items are perfectly fine, and have to be there for your system to run. DO NOT try to desiver witch is legit and witch is not. I am including a link to a page that show you how to download and install Hijack This and how to produce a log on the GeeksToGo forum or on the Bleeping Computer forum. The link to the download page for Hijack This on GeeksToGo ishttp://www.geekstogo.com/forum/You_Must_Read_This_Before_Posting_A_Hijackthis_Log-t2852.html and the link to Bleeping Computer Hijack This on Bleeping Computer is http://www.bleepingc...topic34773.html. Go to those websites and fallow the directions there.

In conclusion all I have to say is fallow that above rules and watch what you download, read all the fine print because you can be agreeing to installing spyware on your system. Also be wherry off free stuff on the Internet.

Happy SAFE computing!







See i told you it is not all done .
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What about your computer begins to beep without reasons, locks up when you aren't even doing anything, restarts on its own, disks or disk drives are not able to open, to display weird looking messages, not opening up your favorite programs, even your web browser, you can't print correctly, or you see distorted error messages, or you just simple can't get into anything!


That is a really long sentance, I would shorten it up. There are also some spelling and gramatical errors that should be looked into

ie Spyware spelt as spy wear
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exactly what kind of class is this? it seems as though you were asked to write an essay...yet you seemed to have written a manual (the other topics listed to choose from are topics that DO not allow for writing a step by step how-to type of manual so i would assume the expect the same out of the virus category)..it's been a while since i was in an English type class (or any class for that matter)...but the last time i tried to turn in a "how-to" instead of a true essay....it generally didn't work out very well....I'll also agree with Justin here that you've got a LONG journey ahead of you cleaning up the grammatical and spelling errors that you've amassed there...and as a side note...your whole second half there (the instructions bit)...looks a whole lot like the "start here" page here at G2G. also as a note, if the paper is supposed to be about viruses, i would completely stay away from lumping in spyware/malware with it...they are different entities all together, hence the different deffinitions.... i would stick to the basics for this thing (who what when where why kind of deal)...what is a virus? what do they do? what makes it a virus? why are they bad? where do they come from?....define the actual question you're trying to answer with this essay (as well as the format that they are wanting...informative essay? scientific essay? point of view essay?) then go from there...
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No no i asked if i could write about spywear too this is for a computer class and we have to do the pervention and that, i kinda wanted it to look like the start page
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Here is a fresh post i have changed alot of things it looks more pulished!



COMPUTER VRIUSES & SPY WARE

Project 6 TECHNOLOGY

Select one of the six topics listed below and then find a minimum of five web pages that provide information on your topic. Using the information you find, write a two-page report in a new Word document. Be sure to cite each source. Save the document.
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Virtual reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Neural networks
  • Speech recognition software
  • Computer viruses
  • Online learning
Is your computer running sluggish? Does it begin to beep for no reason? Lock up when you aren’t even doing anything? Restarts on its own? Do your disks or disk drives stop working? Does it start to display weird messages? What about not opening up your favorite programs, even your web browser? Or you can't print correctly! You see distorted error messages, or you just simple can’t get into anything! Heck maybe you can’t even turn the computer on! Well, maybe you have a sick computer, but don’t run to the drug store and Buckley’s Cold Syrup® and pour it on the computer! That will not accomplish anything and could ruin your computer for good. You have a virus or a spy wear invasion.

You are probably asking what is a computer virus and spy wear. Well for those that don't know what a computer virus is it is a:

Programming code that was designed to do something usually counterproductive and occasionally destructive, whether through ignorance or malice. A virus makes copies of itself without any conscious human intervention. Some viruses do more than simply replicate themselves; they might display messages, install other software or files, delete software of files, etc. A virus requires the presence of some other program to replicate itself. Typically viruses spread by attaching themselves to programs and files. For example, the file formats for Microsoft word processor and spreadsheet programs allow the inclusion of programs called "macros" which can in some cases be a breeding ground for viruses.1




Spy ware is:

Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spy ware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, the spy ware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spy ware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. Also called adware.2




So now that we know what a virus is and what spy ware is. Your next question is how did I get infected in the first place? Well this depends on many things. Most of the time you get infected with a virus or spy wear because your security settings are low, even if they are as high as they can be, virus and spy wear can still sneak into your system. Other times you may have gotten infected from that email that Aunt Sue sent you with that large attachment of a picture that you downloaded to your hard drive and now your computer is acting weird. What about that music CD that Jimmy Bob burnt for you and now you are playing it on your computer. After you took it out of your computer it began to act sluggish. Or what about that cool free game, that you know you would have to pay for it to use it. But you found it online for free and you downloaded it to your computer. You can also get a virus or spy ware from downloading music or other files from a P2P (Peer to Peer) network. Some such P2P programs are LimeWire, BearShare, Shearza, eMule, and Kazza. Even using the Internet can lead you into a world of trouble. With those flash banners that say “Click Me,” “Click Me.” Like the one seen on the side of this page. Those banners work when you click them. Sure they will open up a cool web page with a lot of flash adds and such. But they will also secretly download programs to your hard drive. These programs when opened are filled with viruses and spy ware that are unleashed onto your system.

You can also get infected by the use of thumb drives, zip drives, DVD’s, even the

3 ½ floppy that some may still use. You can't get infected if you just use them. But what if you have a file on one of those that Aaron needs? So you lend it to him, and when you get it back you use it on your computer. And after you take it out there are suddenly a lot of pop ups on your computer. In a network if the server computer gets a virus all the computers that it is serving gets the same virus.

In general computer viruses and spy ware are every bit as destructive, and come in a vast variety of strains. However, computer viruses are almost always curable and easily diagnosed, and cures for new strains are usually just a matter of days, not months or years. In the following paragraphs I will tell you how to remove the viruses and spy ware on your computer for free. That is right for free.

You don’t need to take your computer back to the store where you bought it form or even go the store to buy the programs that you need to remove them. All the programs mentioned in this essay are free of charge and are guaranteed to be virus and spy ware free. The most important thing I need you to do is make sure that you fallow these next steps in the order they are given.

Preparation
The first thing you need to do is scan your computer with CleanUp! Clean up is a free utility that will remove cookies (tracking devices) and your Internet history from your computer.

  • Download CleanUp! from this site:http://www.stevengould.org/downloads/cleanup/CleanUp40.exe
  • Close all open windows including your Internet browser.
  • Open CleanUp! by double-clicking the icon on your desktop, it will launch
  • You should see a CleanUp! button that when clicked will play a sound file of a toilet flushing. At the end of the scan it will ask you log off or restart your computer, do so.
  • You then will almost have a computer free of cookies and your Internet history will be erased.
  • Close and restart your computer.

Spy Ware and Ad-aware Removal




The second step is to scan your computer with Ad-aware SE. This step will try to remove spy ware and it also will take off the reaming cookies on your machine.

  • Download Ad-aware SE from this site http://lavasoft.elem...pport/download/.
    2) Install it by clicking on the icon on the desktop
  • Run the web update feature. Click on the Globe icon, Click connect, Click OK, Click Finish. (You have to be connected to the Internet for this step.)
  • Start the scan by clicking on the “ Scan Now” button. Select the “Search for low-risk threats.” Also select the “Perform Full System Scan”
  • Click Next, the scan will now be performed,
  • When the scan has completed, select Next.
  • In the Scanning Results window, select the "Scan Summary" tab. Check all objects found in the Critical Objects tab. Click Next, Click OK.
  • Close and restart your computer.
  • The third step in cleaning your system is to use Spybot Search & Destroy. Spybot S&D is almost the same as Ad-aware SE, but with a few differences. It is mostly for removing spy ware and ad-ware.
  • Download a free copy form this site: http://www.geekstogo...=download&id=14
  • Install it by clicking on the icon on the desktop, or wherever you saved it.
  • Run the web update feature by clicking "Search For Updates" button. It then finds updates. Check the check box and then click on the "Download Updates"
  • Next click "Search & Distort" on the left side bar. Then click on the "Check for Problems" It then will search for spy ware
  • Click all that it finds and then click the "Fix Selected Problems"
  • Close and restart your computer.


Virus Removal

The fourth step is to run a online virus scanner, such as Trend Housecall. Even if you have a purchased virus scanner it is still a good idea to run a online one because the one installed on your computer could be corrupt with the spyware or viruses or both on your computer. The instructions on how to run it are on this site: http://housecall.tre.../start_corp.asp. Just be sure to check the "Auto Clean" check box.

If you don't have any antivirus software installed on your computer, or if your subscription to definition updates has expired. Install AVG's very good, easy to use, and free version of antivirus. This package includes real-time protection, scheduled scans, automatic definition updates, and email scanning. Get it from this site: http://esd.element5......m/freeweb.php

If you do have a virus scanner installed already DO NOT install another one they will conflict and cause more problems.


Windows Update

An unprotected, unpatched Windows XP installation will get infected within minutes of connecting to the Internet. Because of this, you need to install all critical updates before proceeding to the next step. Get them from this site: http://www.windowsupdate.com/ Restart

The programs above will remove the majority of spy wear and viruses form your system. "Automated tools are not always successful at removing malware (spy ware) from your system. Some infections may generate random files names, are too new, or use other tricks to avoid detection."3 Says ditto from the Geeks To Go forums

Hijack This

Hijack This is a dangerous tool to use by yourself. That is why I'm providing you a link to forums that look over the Hijack This logs, and tells you what and how to remove. Don't worry these are trust worthy people. Hijack This is a dangerous tool because it looks for certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas are used by both legitimate programmers and spy ware and viruses. Some items are perfectly fine, and have to be there for your system to run. DO NOT try to pick out which one is legit and which is not. I am including a link to a page that show you how to download and install Hijack This and how to produce a log on the GeeksToGo forum or on the Bleeping Computer forum. You must register on the forums first in order to post. The cost of registering is FREE! The link to the download page for Hijack This on GeeksToGo is: http://www.geekstogo..._Log-t2852.html and the link to Bleeping Computer Hijack This on Bleeping Computer is: http://www.bleepingc...topic34773.html. Go to those websites and follow the directions there.

In conclusion, I must say, follow the above rules and watch what you download, read all the fine print because you can be agreeing to installing spyware on your system. Also be cautious of free stuff on the Internet. Also I want to sent a special thanks to GeekToGo and Bleeping Computer for letting me mention there site and the programs that they use to remove viruses and spy ware!

Happy SAFE computing!




BIBLOGRAPHY




Rosen­ber­ger, Rob, “Welcome To Vmyths," Vmyths. Rhode Island. 2004, 18 May 2006, http://www.vmyths.com/.




Brain, Marshall. “howstuffworks," How Computer Viruses Work, 2005, 22 May 2006, http://www.howstuffworks.com/virus.htm.




Ditto “Geeks To Go" You Must Do This Before You Post, 10 August 2004, 22 May 2006, http://www.geekstogo..._Log-t2852.html.




Abrams Lawrence, “Bleeping Computer," Preparation Guide for use before posting a HijackThis Log, 10 November 2005, 23 May 2006, http://www.bleepingc...topic34773.html

1 University Of Arkansas. Tribal Justice Information Sharing System. Arkansas USA: University Of Arkansas. 25 May 2004 <http://www.tjiss.net/glossary_v.html> 21 May 2006.




2 University Of Arkansas. Tribal Justice Information Sharing System. Arkansas USA: University Of Arkansas. 25 May 2004 http://www.tjiss.net/glossary_v.html 21 May 2006.

3 Ditto, Geeks To Go. Geeks To Go Forums. Phila, PA, USA. http://www.geekstogo..._Log-t2852.html. May 2006.
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Is your computer running sluggish? Does it begin to beep for no reason? Lock up when you aren’t even doing anything? Restarts on its own? Do your disks or disk drives stop working? Does it start to display weird messages? What about not opening up your favorite programs, even your web browser? Or you can't print correctly! You see distorted error messages, or you just simple can’t get into anything! Heck maybe you can’t even turn the computer on! Well, maybe you have a sick computer, but don’t run to the drug store and Buckley’s Cold Syrup® and pour it on the computer! That will not accomplish anything and could ruin your computer for good. You have a virus or a spy wear invasion.


Sorry, but I still do not like this paragraph. I would pick one or two of the "questions" and then go from there. It seems like your trying to fit everything into this essay, I think that you need to narrow down what you are going to write about.

If you write an essay about viruses and spyware, you can go on for pages and pages.

Simplicity is key...
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Yes i dislick that paragraph too i am shorting it up, and she said tha we need lots of info in it so i am sticking with what i got.
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Seems a bit short to me, but when i write its either really short or really long. And if its on computers or technology its likely to be long, i wondered whatever happened to my PC guide, ill need to finish it.
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One thing I would like to point out that spyware is one word and not two words like you have it out to be. Also do a find/replace for spy wear and replace it with spyware as well.

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o shucks i wish i had read this last night it is hanned in all ready, with spy ware spelt like that ! o well
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You misspelled virus right in your paper title. That doesnt bode well for the rest of the paper.
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My friend noticed that before i handed it in so it is fixed
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