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What is a Botnet anyway?

Aug 14, 2009, 21:31 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"So, to start with his question, Botnets are networks of Windows PC, which have been taken over by malware programs. While it's theoretically possible that a Mac or a Linux desktop PC could get a botnet malware bug, in practice, their better security makes them harder targets for botnet creators so they avoid them.

"Your computer typically gets infected by botnet malware by a virus or worm. You get these by opening up an infected attachment or by visiting an infected Web site. Most modern anti-viral programs like AVG, Norton Anti-Virus, or Kaspersky Anti-Virus, will keep your machine safe from these attackers. If, that is, you keep your security programs up-to-date. Stale anti-viral software is worst than useless."

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