Do porn sites give your computer viruses?

Pornographic and adult websites are often associated with viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It is true that many virus infections are caused after visiting a porn site. We will explore why this is and how to protect your computer.

Adult sites are not just maliciously trying to infect your computer with a virus. This would be bad for business. Customers with viruses would probably not renew their subscription to the website in question.

Why would someone infect your computer with a virus?
The simple answer is, viruses can be profitable. Some viruses have keyloggers that will copy your credit card numbers when you make a purchase and allow malicious people to use your credit card to make purchases. Other viruses pop up advertisements on your computer and make money whenever you view or click an ad.

Why would porn sites have viruses?
Many adult websites that are located in the United States have high standards and clean websites. Due to the popularity of pornography, and legal issues about running such a website, many porn sites are located in countries were laws against pornography and viruses are less strict. These websites are much more likely to infect your computer with a virus. That’s one reason you must take care if you choose to visit adult websites.

What can I do to protect my computer?
Ensure you have an active virus scanner. If you are running Windows, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free. Other free virus scanners include Avast and AVG. Make sure your virus scanner is up-to-date and run scans often. It is recommended that you run a scan at least once a week to ensure that you keep your computer protected against the newest viruses.

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