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Lufkin computer expert says hackers on the rise

A Geek Squad Agent says make sure your AntiVirus protection is installed correctly. A Geek Squad Agent says make sure your AntiVirus protection is installed correctly.
Computer experts say it's not just a password issue anymore on sites like Facebook. Computer experts say it's not just a password issue anymore on sites like Facebook.
Sam Shupak said his MySpace account has been hacked before. Sam Shupak said his MySpace account has been hacked before.

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It's not uncommon to find your Facebook account hacked and malicious software infiltrating your PC.  Lufkin computer experts say there are some things people can do to protect themselves against viruses.

After years of working on computers, Brad Adams knows how to spot a virus.

"It used to be just viruses through email and things like that, that I would see," said Best Buy Geek Squad Agent Brad Adams.  "It was common, but not as common as it is now.  I have people that come in and buy computers and two days later they're already infected."

Every day, he sees multiple cases of MalWare or malicious software.  He said it usually shows up as a security tool.

"Your background will turn just completely black and then you will get a pop-up," explained Adams.  "It looks just like a Windows pop-up, but it says that you're infected with all these viruses and it's not true, that's actually the program itself that's the problem."

Adams said try to stay away from anything free and when it comes to social networking sites, be careful what you click on.

"Reading messages, posting messages, posting pictures, viewing pictures on somebody's profile seem to all be pretty safe, but it's the inbox messages and maybe some of the games that are causing the problem," said Adams.

Sam Shupak has been hacked before.

"I had my MySpace account hacked one time about two years ago," remembered Shupak.  "I added somebody that I didn't know and they hacked my account and started sending advertisements to other people in my account."

However, these days, it's more than just a password issue.  Adams said common sense isn't enough to stop them.

"Make sure your computer is fully up to date with Windows updates, that your AntiVirus and anti-spyware protection is installed correctly, that it's up to date," said Adams. "Then, maybe look into getting MalWare protection."

If you let your guard down things often seem safe, until your computer quits running properly.

"You will never ever, ever see a legitimate window pop-up on your computer that says, ‘hey you're infected, you need to buy this to clean it off'," Adams said.

"Just be careful about who you add because not everyone on there is going to be your friend," Shupak said.

Adams said it's also a good idea to avoid peer to peer file sharing through programs like LimeWire and FrostWire.

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