How Well Are You Protected By Your ISP?

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More than 90% of home computers have some type of spyware on them.

Spyware, which includes keyloggers, browser hijackers and other ITD’s (Internet Transmitted Diseases) can have a devastating effect on computers and virtually make them useless. Broadband ISPs are looking to help with the issue. But how well do they actually protect you from the ITDs (Internet Transmitted Diseases)?

AOL teamed up with Aluria Software, makers of Spyware Eliminator, to provide its customers with spyware protection simply called “AOL Spyware Protection.”

EarthLink, the nations third largest ISP was the first to provide spyware protection late in 2003 when it began providing Spyware Blocker to their customers through their TotalAccess Software.

SBC Yahoo partnered with Pest Patrol and released its contender, Anti-Spy. At initial release there was some controversy about Anti-Spy not detecting some spyware that it had a financial interest in. Anti-Spy scans your computer for possibly unwanted software, and allows you to review, remove, or add to the white list any applications that find

Time Warner offers free access to anti-virus and firewall protection as well as pop-up blockers provided by EZ Trust.

PC Pro Computer Services of San Antonio, Texas often finds when making service calls that these free ISP tools just aren’t up to the job and depending solely on them to keep computers clean gives a false sense of security. Malware is getting smarter and harder to defend against. In many cases calling an experienced, professional computer technician like PC Pro Computer Services can not only save you time, but money in the long run.

PC Pro Computer Services provides residential and commercial computer services to the greater San Antonio, Texas area specializing in troubleshooting, repairs, upgrades, networking and more.

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