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Downloading torrents and illegal file sharing is a very common distribution method of malware and may inadvertently bring malicious software to your system. Parental controls A good way to reduce the possibility of reaching offensive/obscene content is to set up parental controls. Parental controls allow users and parents to place content filters on their computers while using the internet. Content filters limit access to age-appropriate content and any specified type of content the user may dislike. Most parents agre hat parental controls are important to limit children's access to unwanted content on the internet. Studies show[ they are under utilized or often not implemented at all. There are two main forms of parental controls hardware and software based systems.[9] Hardware parental controls are installed between household devices and the internet service provider (ISP) such as a router with built in filtering. This parental control can filter content on all devices on a network. Software based parental controls can provide a more in depth solutions specific to each device it is installed on. These contr ols usually run undetected[ and in the background. Software controls can provide logs, keystrokes, and can range from broad to specific blocking mechanisms including limiting what children see online, the length of time they have Internet access for each day and even specifying times. Third party programs Antivirus and anti-malware programs Antivirus and anti-malware programs help prevent infections from occurring as well as detect and remove them from your computer. A variety of programs are available for use with purchase such as Norton AntiVirus, McAfee VirusScan, and BitDefender Antivirus. There are also a many programs available for download for free such as Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG Anti-Virus, Avast! antivirus, and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Ad and pop-up blockers Misleading ads and pop ups can contribute to the accidental downloading of malicious software onto your computer. Most web browsers have internal pop-up blockers. These programs/web browser plug-ins remove the ads. Ciubotaru Rita Georgiana, Romania Magazine Without Borders Table of contents Issue n°2 34