I recently had reason to update my Adobe Shockwave Player and when installing it asked whether I would like to install a Free Norton Security Scan.
My strong advise is , with all these additions to downloads that you can be offered , is to say NO.
Do not put the tick in that box.
There are many online virus scanners that will not intrude on your system and to install one with another piece of software is fraught with danger.
Now for toolbars
I have seen many systems with multiple toolbars installed on them , some examples are:
- My Search
- Windows Live
- Ask Jeeves
My strong advice is don't install these toolbars , they will slow your system down and some toolbars are linked with rootkits and spyware ( not the one's listed above )
There is a step that you can take which will help if your Gmail /Google account is compromised and that is to give Google your mobile phone number so that a password reset code can be sent to your mobile phone if your account is compromised.
How do you do this?
Log onto your Google account , this can be done through your Gmail account
Go to the Accounts and Imports tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a Change Account settings section.
Click on Google Account Settings and you will go to your Google Account Page
After logging on , go to change password recovery options
You will then be on the "Recovering Your Password "page
This enables you to enter a mobile phone number which can be used so that you can receive a password reset code on your mobile phone
This makes it much harder for someone to take over your Google / Gmail account