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    Is There Any Anti-Hacking Software For Home PC users?

    The recent hacking of yahoo and google accounts has sent a wave of shock, fear and dispear into the hearts pc users that many are really wondering if there does exist a genuine software to protect anyone and everyone from logging into anothers' computer without permission no matter what they hacking skills they may have?

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    That software doesn't exist and never will.

    Regardless, if someone has physical access to your computer, then what software you have installed is irrelevant. They can boot off a USB disk and look at the contents of your hard drive without running your OS and your protection software.

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    The software will never exist because no significant program can be proven bug free. Past a couple dozen lines of code, testing all possible code paths to look for bugs, crashes and endless loops becomes intractible. And writing a program to completely test another program is also provably impossible.

    See Halting Problem for the mathematical proof.

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    Right. It just not possible to completely protect your pc but you can use programs like SpyBot, Ad-Aware, and/or MalwareBytes in order to get rid of malware and protect your computer.

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    If you are having to get RID of malware (Rather than prevent against it) your machine is already compromised. As for a magic bullet for protection against hackers, it's a flawed perspective to have, hacking websites is very different to hacking a regular computer and the fact of the matter is your unlikely to be hacked (in the genuine hack sense rather than the infected or hijacked sense) unless you do something to annoy the individual in question who is attempting to break into your computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    If you are having to get RID of malware (Rather than prevent against it) your machine is already compromised.
    I think that was just badly worded. Those programs primary use is to prevent such malware being able to get installed in the first place.
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    I have the ultimate means of protecting your computer from all attempts at hacking! Unplug it, then throw it into a really strong safe.
    Logic without the fatal effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    I have the ultimate means of protecting your computer from all attempts at hacking! Unplug it, then throw it into a really strong safe.
    That sounds interesting. What is the program please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    That software doesn't exist and never will.

    Regardless, if someone has physical access to your computer, then what software you have installed is irrelevant. They can boot off a USB disk and look at the contents of your hard drive without running your OS and your protection software.

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    The software will never exist because no significant program can be proven bug free. Past a couple dozen lines of code, testing all possible code paths to look for bugs, crashes and endless loops becomes intractible. And writing a program to completely test another program is also provably impossible.

    See Halting Problem for the mathematical proof.
    Really quite reasonable, thanks for that contribution

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    Quote Originally Posted by realfreetv View Post
    That sounds interesting. What is the program please
    Program? He mean't throw it in a real safe... like what banks use... the only safe computer is a non-connected, non-networked, non-turned on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    I have the ultimate means of protecting your computer from all attempts at hacking! Unplug it, then throw it into a really strong safe.
    That wouldn't prevent the determined hacker from breaking into the safe and installing malware on the computer.

    The only real way to protect your computer from malware so that it absolutely positively can't be attacked is to hit the motherboard and the hard drive several times each with a really heavy hammer so that they each smash into lots of little pieces. No one is going to bother trying to reassemble the pieces in order to install their malware and so then you'd be safe from all possible attacks.
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