AVOIDING SPAM

There are several ways to avoid spam and malware from entering your computer system and that's what this page is about.  We will try to cover both e-mail tactics and Surfing tactics here:

SAFE HEX is the first and most important part of avoiding spams, scams, ID Theft,  viruses, trojans, worms, any form of malware that there is, and should always be used a closely as possible.  You may not consider it all-encompassing since you may have reasons for violating some of the rules.  For that and other reasons Safe Hex should also be accompanied by AntiVirus and AntiMalware programs. 

SAFE HEX is a way of surfing the Internet and minimizing the chances of running into the forementioned problems. Unfortuneately, it is NOT enough to avoid spam and all of its problems, though!  You must also use Antivirus and anti-Malware programs as explained below. 

CLICK HERE to go to a website (off this website) which is safe to use and recommended by this author and many others around the world. After reading this website about Safe Hex, please be sure to return to this website and continue reading here or visiting whatever pages interest you. Until you have read and understood what's written here, it would be best to minimize surfing until you have implemented all of the changes you wish to implement.

There are a LOT of Antivirus and Malware programs available for protecting your computer/s, some great, some only good, and some even disguised as Antivirus and malware protection when in reality they are nefarious and dangerous rogue  program whose only intent is to infect your computer system and compromise your seciruty.  So whatever you decide on, research it first if you are unfamiliar with reputation, installing and using these programs.  Top

You also need a good Antivirus software. 

As of this writing, I have just removed  a free version of McAfee Virus Protection from my computer and replaced it with Norton Security Antivirus.
   WHY?  McAfee seems to not be very happy with my Dell computers.  It was constantly warning me that protection had stopped, and taking about 3 minutes at a time to get it going in full protection mode again.  I've used McAfee before and always found it to be a good program.  Having purchased another computer, it came with a year's free subscription so I allowed it to install on 3 of my computers (it allowed up to 5).  After a month or so I was so fed up with the constant crashes and wastes of time getting it working again so I decided to get rid of it. 
   Well, I'd used Norton Antivirus too for a lot of years, and still had copies of it along with a still existing subscription, so I reloaded that back onto the 3 machines.  And all has  been PERFECT since then! 

While those are both pay-for programs, I love Norton Securit y (the current version) and especially appreciate all of the peripheral combinations of other features it provides.  It's a much beefier program than McAfee ever was anyway and unlike the "old days" of bygone years. no long is a resource hog nor is it inefficient.
    There ARE free, sometimes limited, other versions of Antivirus available, but I don't recommend them while YMMV.  So personally I recommend Norton Security but of course the choice is actually up to you in the end.

And you need Malware protection , also.

Antivirus programs claim to also include other malware protection, but it's minimal because it's not the target features of an antivirus program; it's peripheral to its main purpose.  I have had it catch a few of them, but then it has missed most of them, at times often PUPs and PAUs and the like which infect browsers. 

My favorite antimalware at this time are Malware AntiMalware Byters (MBAM ), Norton Utilities (free), Spybot S&D though it has problems in that it deletes Restore Points, so needs to be watched carefully what it's doing, And Heuristics Master.  I don't use Windows Defender because since day 1 of its existence, it has NEVER found anything wrong! 

S0, check the reputations of whoever you choose to download from because some are complete wastes of time, or worse.  But at the same time you need at least 2, preferably 3, different programs to run when you suspect you may have been hit with malware. 

So in general, practicing Safe Hex, a good Antivirus program and about 3 anti-malware programs give you a full arsenal of tools to use.  What one won't catch, the other may well feret out and destroy them for you. Different anti-malware programs have different success rates with the various types of malware that exist.

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