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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Avast issues warning to gamers



October 9th, 2010 7:15 pm ET
In a press release issued last week, Avast - the company that makes the popular avast! anti-virus software - is warning on-line gamers to pay special attention to those sites.
The press release notes a recent Nielsen survey showing that, "in June, computer users spent more time playing games online (10.2%) than checking email (8.3%)."
This presents an ever-increasing threat for online players as they are more exposed to viruses and cyber-criminals looking for new victims.
Gamers frequently disable anti-virus programs to prevent slow downloads or to increase response times, but this practice leaves them open to various malware and possible scareware.
Avast notes the "online gaming market is worth an estimated $15 billion, and there are many different types of websites to assist the gamer, including tutorials, downloading sites and community forums"
Six websites were listed by the company as the most infested gaming websites:
  • ·         Gamefactoryinteractive.com
  • ·         Games-digest.com
  • ·         Mariogamesplay.com 
  • ·         anywhere-games.com
  • ·         galacticflashgames.com
  • ·         towerofdefense.com
The sites were confirmed infested by Avast on October 6.
Avast warns computers gamers they need to remain protected while visiting any gaming website, and offers the following advise:
1.      Don’t turn off your AV while playing online games. If you’re online, you are vulnerable.
2.      Keep computer applications – including your antivirus program – fully updated.
3.      Try the gaming function for uninterrupted concentration. avast! silent/gaming mode is designed to disable distracting pop-ups and other on-screen notifications without degrading security levels.
4.      Beware of downloading games through warez sites. This is a known avenue for spreading malware.
For more information about the free avast anti-virus program, visit avast.com.

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