Just running a standard antivirus software program on your computer may not be enough.
As part of "Cyber Safety Month," experts are trying to get the word out on how you can protect your computer from threats. They say many people believe running normal antivirus scans is sufficient, but they're often leaving themselves vulnerable to spyware and malware.
"Viruses are half of what people face today," said Craig Hall with Eagle Technologies. "Spyware and other malicious software is the other half, and you need to be protected against both.
"There's any number of reasons people make those problems. Some of them even come from legitimate sources that are trying to track your shopping habits, and they just gunk up your computer over time. So some of them are bad, other are just things you don't really want."
Hall recommends using Norton Antivirus, and also protecting your computer with a program like Malware Bytes.
He also says he's seeing many people reporting phone calls saying their computers are infected. He says these are scams, and you will never get a call from a software company offering to repair your system.
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