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Can someone attack you computer?


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#1 CalusBlade

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 12:01 PM

Yea so I finally got rid of some unwanted guess in my computer. People form here and my friends helped me get rid of it. I just wanna know if someone can attack your computer if your using a wireless network. I used my public library's wireless after a little while programs I never installed such as "Windows Anti Malware 2010" started to scan. Each time I X it out it would come back and scan again. I looked at one of to "so called infected" folders and found nothing. So I just wanna know if someone can attack your computer when using a network. Is there a way to prevent it?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 12:09 PM

yes it is very possible especially on a public wifi network.

Some ways to prevent this is to install an antivirus program such as avast! or avira.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:12 PM

how about norton?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:15 PM

I don't use norton nor do i recommend it because it slows down your computer and it is expensive. but you can use it if you wish. But like I said earlier i think avast! is much better.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:35 AM

That program was not installed by some attacker. You picked it up when you went to a site. You might have clicked something without knowing it. Yes you can get hacked when using a public wireless connection but its unlikely. Just don't do anything financial while connected to a public network.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 01:12 PM

The trouble is with Public wireless connections such as in airports, librarys, trains etc is that the connection is open and data is not encrypted so anyone with a packet sniffer can sniff your data and read what you are sending over the internet and with the right software hack your email and so on.
If you must use a public router you should consider using vpn software to encrypt the connection so no cracker can sniff your traffic.
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 04:43 PM

In addition to using a decent antivirus program, you might also want to try the free version of SpywareBlaster.

It is a program designed to help block spyware, adware, browser hijackers, etc. This will give you an additional layer of protection.

Although it is safe to use SpywareBlaster in addition to your antivirus program, please make sure you use only ONE antivirus program at a time, as using more than one simultaneously will cause you serious problems.

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