Now....on to the serious discussion part....how would I know if there is 'hidden' malware, redirecting software, spyware, or even someone who would have access to my network here in our home? Other than a computer crash or something really dire, how does anyone know?
Not trying to sound ignorant, but with this laptop came with Webroot Spysweeper & Desktop Firewall; am running with Vista Home Premium (32), AND then I came to g-t-g & added ATFcleaner, Spybot S&D, & MalwareBytes. I am very good about getting updates & running the programs, but what I am confused about is how would I know if someone decided to use my internet (altho I had to input a keyword/security key - not sure what to call it - when I came home & added this computer to the desktop here at my parent's home).
The stealing of information that I keep reading about (most recently from Gov. Palin's private email), makes me nervous. Not that I have anything on here that has to do with state/government business, etc., but I wouldn't want my own email 'hacked' and my contact list published. I don't think anyone wants that!!!! And most of the articles advise buying this product or that product. So I am well & truly confused!
How do you prevent this stuff even with all I am trying to do? Please answer in the simplest terms possible as I am a little slow - but I DO have a valid excuse: I am a blonde, chemo-brain!