How to stop cybercriminals from adding your pc to a network of hijacked PCs

PC Speed on July 18, 2011 – 7:13 am -

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If your computer been acting a funny lately, your PC may be hijacked by a cybercrime syndicate. Its not that uncommon. Hundreds of millions of PCs and laptop have been taken over without the owners’ knowledge by hackers. They are used around-the-clock sending spam, spying on Internet traffic and passwords, and fishing for credit card numbers. They have become part of a botnet.

A botnet is an army of infected PCs that is remotely controlled. Huge numbers of hacked PCs can be very powerful when linked together, and hackers can direct their PC bots to perform many illegal but often profitable tasks. Computers get infected when the user unwittingly opens an infected file or email attachment, or visits a booby-trapped website. Here’s what you can do to save your PC from being a bot.LA Times

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