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Can computer viruses really steal ID information?

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I've been using my computer for everything, including checking my and accounts and paying bills. A friend of mine told me that I had to be careful because you can get viruses and trojans that can actually find confidential personal ID information on your computer like SSN or credit card info, and send it to scammer who then can rip you off. Is this true?

What can be done about it?

I have an anti-virus program called Cyberdefender on my computer, is that enough protection?




go to the avast website and download their free program, in my opinion, it is one of the best free anti-virus plus more programs.

Sub: #1 posted on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 07:04

Lukeskywalker Lukeskywalker

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I've used Cyberdefender for awhile and it's worked really well for me so far. I got the free Cyberdefender anti-virus program first off their website (www.cyberdefender.com) which found a lot of stuff on my system and got rid of the spyware and Trojans. I guess I should have gotten the paid version, but since the free scanner didn???t find any viruses I didn???t buy the upgrade then. In the past, some of the software that I installed on my system I couldn???t get completely un-installed. As a test I un-installed Cyberdefender, and found that it was completely removed, no lingering pops or other stuff.

I re-installed Cyberdefender and ran it once a month or any time I got strange pop ups, just check so viruses, spyware or other bad stuff. About 2 weeks ago, a virus came along and Cyberdefender caught it, and so I bought the upgrade to get rid of the virus. I later ran Cyberdefender after the upgrade and it could not detect the virus. Since then, no problems. This is my experience with Cyberdefender - really good software and the 24/7 computer help is great. I also found Cybderdefenders how to remove spyware video on YouTube, which shows their really good interface:

ht tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN_bwH1KIQE&feature=related

Sub: #2 posted on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 14:11

ohmystars80 ohmystars80

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Thanks for the confirmation. I've been using Cyberdefender for a little while now and it's working great. I purchased the upgrade and it has a MyIdentity Toolbar that tells me whne I hit a bad site. It's great!

Sub: #3 posted on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 21:15

cs0khunter82 cs0khunter82

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I would recommend a good anti-virus AND a good firewall program. (Computers and Networks are my career, so with this I know what I am talking about)

Here is a list of good programs
Symantec Anti-virus (Do not use the "Full" package version) If you can find a corporate version)
Avast is a good one.
Kaspersky is another easy to use program.
AVG (a nice firewall and antivirus program, takes some getting used to)
Zonealarm Pro (This is an easy to use firewall and antivirus program)

Do NOT install and use Mcafee, their programs use too many resources on your computer and slows it down

If you think that you might be infected your best bet is to get a free online virus scan. This is because IF you are infected already and you try to install an anti-virus program 90% of the time it will not install correctly.

TrendMicro
Symante c
Bitdefender

Sub: #4 posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 06:38

Count_Vlad Count_Vlad

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Cyberdefender has been amazing at keeping harmful virus' from destroying my pc.

Sub: #5 posted on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 12:48

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If you have a good anti-virus program and a good firewall, you should be okay. Just make sure you never give out any personal info like that without the "lock" icon that shows your are entering your information into a secure online form. And of course, never email any information like your SSN or bank account numbers, etc.

Sub: #6 posted on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 07:56

regbyandjulie regbyandjulie

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Sub: #7 posted on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 19:11

susanpret88 susanpret88

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An Anti-virus program is best choice to seal your confidential information,including passwords,credit card numbers and important documents. Recently new virus has come to track your actions on the computer and online.Phishing and keyboard interceptors focus on stealing your information;auto-dialers,joke programs.and adware aim to waste your time and huge amount of money.It is better to use a paid anti virus program because of totally new approach to data security.

Sub: #8 posted on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 17:23

Cristomer Cristomer

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I also use Cyberdefender. Has anyone used their new product Livetech? This LiveTech service is different, because that they offer - for $239 – to 'give your computer an initial diagnostic and fix any problems found. Then any time you need tech help, day or night, you can call on them. They'll get your printer installed, clean up pesky malware problems, optimize your PC's performance, and more...

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