When surfing the internet, users need to prepare themselves for encounters with fake antivirus software, or scareware, that could be extremely harmful to computers, according to Herb Weisbaum on MSNBC's ConsumerMan blog.
With 2011 being the 40th anniversary of the first virus, according to the Wall Street Journal, now is a good time for computer users of all kind to check their computers to make sure antivirus software is up to date.
Although most Apple products seem to get less viruses than PCs, Mikko Hypponen on BetaNews' website said the current version of Mac OS X isn't any more secure than the standard PC. Antivirus software for Macintosh could be helpful for users who may feel under protected.
The Google virus was the most frequently requested virus to be removed, according to computer repair company My Computer Expert. The virus, common called the Google redirect virus, was seen in 36 percent of all virus removal requests by the company. Having an up-to-date antivirus program can help quell problems such as the Google virus.
Jeff Gelles, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes that in order to stay away from virus, worm, phisher, bot and Trojan free, people must install antivirus programs and be vigilant about internet security.
With more hackers and computer criminals online everyday, the average person has a lot to defend against when going online, Dennis O'Reilly of CNET writes. O'Reilly said if users keep up with the latest version of the antivirus software they use and be aware, that should keep away malicious programs, such as malware and adware.
Before starting to use a new computer, Andrea Eldridge and Heather Neal of the Nerd Chick Adventures blog on the Record Searchlight's website said users should install antivirus software and check for viruses.
A new computer virus is landing in personal email inboxes in the form of a fake message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Austin Daily Herald.