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CNET to fight gainst spyware

Posted on Thursday, August 04 2005 @ 23:25:14 CEST by

CNET today announced the CNET Security Center, a free and comprehensive source of antivirus and Internet security information dedicated to helping consumers safely surf the web and protect their computers against harmful viruses, spyware, and adware.

Today, consumers are more dependent than ever on the Internet for information, communication, and entertainment. However, about 48 percent of Internet users have stopped visiting specific Web sites, for fear they might download unwanted programs. To help educate consumers and give them the confidence to protect their computers against harmful viruses and spyware, as well enhance the security of their personal information, the CNET Security Center provides timely information and the tools needed to remove unknown software programs.

In addition to expert, unbiased reviews, links to important downloads from CNET Download.com and others, plus help and how-to videos, the CNET Security Center also includes:

- Virus Hot Zones: A community forum where users can share stories about viruses they've encountered and how they defeated those unwanted attacks.

- Virus Threat Watch: A daily rating that represents the current threat level on the Internet ranging from low to extreme. Information is gathered from a variety of public and private computer security sources, and also reflects a combined level of malicious activity on the Internet or the presence of a new computer virus or worm.

- Articles and a blog written by award-winning columnist Robert Vamosi: Recently awarded Western Publications Associations 2005 Maggie Award for Best Regularly Featured Web Column/Consumer, Robert Vamosi has more than five years experience covering Internet security. Robert was also technical editor of, "How to Do Everything to Fight Spam, Viruses, Pop-Ups and Spyware."

"Viruses are not only threatening consumers' security, but also contributing to a loss of productivity, both at the workplace and at home," said Rafe Needleman, editor at CNET.com. "In order for consumers to surf the Internet safely and protect themselves against harmful viruses and scams they need a trusted resource where they can learn about the latest threats and how to fight them. We created the CNET Security Center to be that ultimate resource."



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