Internet Security Basics

How Antivirus and Antispyware Software Can Help Keep Malware at Bay

Mar 15, 2011, 12:35 ET from Webroot

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to creating Internet security threats, malware writers are masters of disguise and manipulation. They are constantly evolving their tactics to find new ways to trick PC users, steal their information, cause them financial harm.

Unfortunately, even if you're careful to avoid questionable websites and delete spam email immediately, viruses and spyware can still find you – and infiltrate your system without your knowledge. Just a few of the activities that allow these forms of malware to find their victims include:

  • Sharing music, files or photos with other users
  • Downloading free games, toolbars, media players and other system utilities
  • Installing mainstream software applications without fully reading license agreements
  • Visiting media-supported websites that utilize tracking cookies

How to Tell if Your PC is Infected

If you're not sure whether your computer is infected with malware, keep your eyes peeled for these symptoms:

  • Sluggish performance
  • Increased number of pop-ups
  • New toolbars you can't delete
  • Unexplained changes to homepage settings
  • Puzzling search results
  • Frequent computer crashes

If you believe you're the victim of malware or simply want to keep these infectious programs at bay, there's no substitute for a good system cleanup and reliable antivirus and antispyware software, such as the award-winning Webroot® Antivirus with Spy Sweeper®, which is constantly updated to safeguard PCs against new and emerging malware, as well previously known threats.  

In addition to offering state-of-the-art antivirus and antispyware software, Webroot features a full range of software and services designed to improve Internet security for individuals and businesses. To find the latest solutions available, visit

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