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14Jun/10Off

The Risks of Downloading Videos, Music, Files for Free

Downloading Videos, Music, Files etc for free comes with many risks.  Anyone can attach a virus to a video, music file, or software so that you get a little bonus with your download.  Unfortunately it is not a good bonus for you.   A great example of this has just hit the news.  Some of you have heard about a video involving Kendra Wilkinson.    A paid version of the video is available.  There is also a Kendra Wilkinson video that has been posted to Free File Sharing Sites and Torrent sites.  Included in this free version may be some harmful software for your PC.    Read the article here:

http://www.softsailor.com/other-news/28806-kendra-wilkinson-sextape-video-spreading-malware-on-the-web.html

Sex sells, especially when it comes to viruses and infections on your PC.    Virus makers and hackers alike know the power of sex and use it to draw in countless victims via illegitimate ads on Adult sites.   They also will post videos to Torrent Sites, File Sharing Sites as well.  These videos can have extra code attached to them to infect your machine with nasty viruses.    The Kendra tape is just one of many that are out there trying to trick and deceive unsuspecting PC users.  A couple of blog posts back, I mentioned a Facebook Video Clip Virus that was going around supposedly showing some bikini beach babes but really was a nasty Trojan that would infect your PC.   These are great ways for viruses to spread and the virus makers know it.

If you use these types of sites, you are surely increasing your chances of contracting an infection.   Anyone who uploads files to these sites can easily attach anything they want to the file.   Even with your Security Software up to date, there are new infections released every day on these types of sites.  The virus makers know where the public is most vulnerable and exploit this advantage constantly.   Fake Ads on legitimate websites and file sharing sites are prime sources of infections.   This is especially prevalent on adult sites.   Never click on Ads even on paid Adult sites.

The temptation to get free music, videos, software etc will not stop nor will the viruses and other harmful software that is distributed on these sites.   What you can do to protect yourself and your PC is to not use these sites.   You get what you pay for.   Sometimes when you get something for free, you really get yourself a virus which you could end up paying for to have it removed.   Or the price may be your personal information, Bank information, or a key logger to track your movements.   Are these risks you are willing to take to get the latest single from Lady GaGa?

If you do use Free File Sharing Sites and Torrents etc. then just be prepared to accept the risks of using such software.   Keep your Security Software updated and run regular scans to ensure your PC as is clean as it can be.  The more times you download from these sites, the more times you increase your chances to infect your PC.   Many virus removal businesses will usually insist on removing this type of software if present.  At ZolexPC we recommend removing these programs as they are deemed to be harmful to your PC.  Use these sites at your own risk.

Thanks for reading and have  great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

24Mar/10Off

File Sharing Sites

This week, I have decided to take a little different approach to the usual blog.      I found an article on File Sharing sites and think it is a great article to share with our readers and everyone else.     I have covered this topic before but I feel this article by Ned Smith explains the risks associated with File Sharing in an easy and concise manner.   This articles explains the pitfalls of using File Sharing and tips for how to best manage it in your household.    I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35893007/ns/technology_and_science-security

Be careful when using File Sharing Software as it is certainly an area well known to virus makers who take full advantage of unsuspecting users.

If you do get infected and can not remove it yourself or with your Security Software you can always call on ZolexPC to fix it for you.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

10Mar/10Off

File Sharing Sites And The Risks They Pose

File sharing sites can be notorious areas to pick up infections for your PC.     While File Sharing sites are useful in many ways they do have risks associated with them.   File sharing sites allow anyone to upload files, videos, data to a server.   These can then be download by people to their PC's.   So if you don't have a song you want you can find it and download it to your PC.  This allows people to share their files with others which is a great idea.   As usual all good ideas open up doors for people to take advantage of the situation.  The problem occurs because Virus makers and Infection spreaders can also upload whatever they want as well.   They  deceive people into thinking they are downloading a legitimate file such as popular song or popular video.  They can name their infection anything they want. When you think you are downloading the latest Lady GaGa song you might get a nasty infection that tries to collect your personal information instead.   You click on Poker Face and you may not be dancing the night away, but rather watching your PC go haywire as it gets devoured by a Worm.    If you click on one of these you can infect your machine within seconds.   It only takes one bad click to infect your PC.

The price you pay for the Free cost of the File Sharing sites is the Risk for getting infected.   Paid Music sites such as ITunes are perfectly safe.    Other negatives with some free File Sharing sites could be:    Adware that you may have to install on your PC to use their software.   These can be Ads that you are forced to watch or have running in the background while using the program.   Most of the programs may also use up your Internet Bandwidth if you are not using all of it.   This means that while you are surfing the Internet or watching an online video, the program can be slowing down your Internet connection by using those resources.   This can bog down your machine and is also most likely sending out information on what websites you surf.  This information is harvested in order to spam your email with useless garbage for just about anything.    People that make viruses and spyware  specifically put  infections on these sites under all sorts of different names in the hopes of spreading the infections too as many PC's as they can.    File sharing sites are an excellent and anonymous way to spread the infections.   There is no shortage of people using these sites and many do not have enough protection on their PC's.

If you use these sites, you need to be very careful when clicking on something to download.   Your Security can protect you against infections but many times by clicking on the infection, it will launch the virus.   The virus can target your Anti-virus software or other security programs to shut them down and give the infection a free pass through your system.    This of course leads to more infections and can become a serious problem.   The safest bet is to stay off of these sites.   Now no one is going to do that because they are free and very popular, but if you do use them, beware that you are putting your PC at an increased rate for infection.    Is the Free Music worth the risk?   Most people feel it is.   In this economy, who can blame them?   Just be careful out there if you use these sites.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week.

Steve

www.zolexpc.com

   

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