So how do you protect yourself from becoming victim to a bot herder?
1. Keep your operating system software (usually Windows) up to date by allowing Automatic Updates.
2. Run Anti-Virus programs. No excuses here. One of the best, AVG, is available for free at http://www.grisoft.com/
3. Run anti-spyware (also free) from AdAware or SpyBot. These are free, but need the user to run them.
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