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By Anna Grange

AVG Internet security has made a serious comeback with its latest security product. For a few years it has lagged behind many other programs and has failed a few security tests. But since 2006, AVG has added anti-spyware, link scanning, safe search and identity theft protection. And these features have propelled it to the top five lists of Internet security software programs.

It has tested well with Virus Bulletin since then, and has continued to earn the VB100 award and other awards and certifications.AVG Internet Security 2012 is a complete security product and goes way beyond basic security. It includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and antispam protection and protects your PC from all kinds of malware (malicious software) threats, hackers, key loggers, phishing attacks and social media threats.AVG has performed well in recent independent tests. Since 2010 it has earned an average 5 out of 6 in protection, 4 out of 6 in repair and 4.5 out of 6 in usability on the AV-Test undertaken on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Next, you need a good antivirus program. A virus is nothing but a malicious computer program written to muck up the workings of your computer by corrupting your hard disc and data files. Viruses come in many guises. One of the most common is the Trojan horse. Like its Homeric predecessor, Trojan horses are seemingly-benign invaders - they enter your system disguised as something other than what they are and then destroy or steal your personal information without your being aware of what's happening. Then there are the worms. Worms are malicious programs which replicate themselves and spread to your entire computer network, often resulting in its total breakdown.

Other forms of dangerous malware include viruses, which are threats created specifically for the purpose of causing widespread harm. These programs can be downloaded onto your computer completely without your knowledge. The creators can attach it to an innocent-looking email, often one with an email address that you recognize but that has actually been stolen and is being used as a disguise. They can also get into your computer through websites, false system update warnings and other paths. These viruses can then crash your computer, often irreversibly. Security software programs identify these dangers and block them before they can cause any problems to your computer.

Another simple yet effective methodology is to enable "warning text boxes" that will alert you if you are entering an unsecured connection (in IE, click on Tools, then Internet Options, then Security, then Custom Level). A couple useful add-ons to keep in mind are Ad- block, which prevents pop-ups, and No-script, which protects you from XSS attacks by allowing scripts to run only from the sites that are trusted by you.

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