Degunking Your Email, Spam, and Viruses, by Jeff Duntemann, is a manual for people who need to spend time with their computer degunking it or want to take time to block gunk. Yes, the topic is gunk! "In the context of this book," Duntemann explains, "'gunk' means any and all unwanted items that come in to your PC by way of the Internet." The main focus is on managing email to delete and avoid gunk that arrives via email. Apple users please note: Duntemann addresses the PC world. This is not an Apple specific book; in fact, MAC in this book refers to Media Access Control.
Duntemann's Degunking is an instructional text for computer novices and experienced computer users, but not for computer experts. Chapter 1 answers the question "Why is your computer suffering from email and virus gunk?" Duntemann discusses in the next five chapters the creation of an email degunking strategy, using the right email client (he recommends using a Web mail service rather than email software), developing good email habits, reading and degunking your email from anywhere, cleaning and organizing your mailbase (your correspondence). Four chapters cover spam - how to avoid it, how to filter it, and how to deep clean spam. Another four chapters cover viruses, trojans, worms, adware, and spyware, all of which he lumps together under the label "malware." One chapter discusses "Nigerian rhapsodies, hoaxes, and other smelly phish." The final chapter outlines step by step what to do if your computer has been attacked by any malware.
Since Duntemann's book addresses PC users rather than Apple users, I recommend skipping this one if you have an Apple computer. It is not a bad book, just not appropriate for Apple users. Paraglyph Press also published Degunking Your Mac, by Joli Ballew (2004). Jane Thomas reviewed that book for the Alaskan Apple Users Group in July 2004, and the review remains available online at [...] Like Duntemann's book, Ballew's provides a 12-Step Degunking Program, though one specific for Apple computers. Thomas concludes in her review:
"Some Mac users might already do such a good job of keeping the clutter on their Mac under control that they don't need this book. But many of us, including me, sure can benefit from the easy-to-read, step-by-step degunking program described in Degunking your Mac. For most of us, this useful book is well worth $24.99. As mentioned in the Introduction, I think this book will stay close to my Mac and will be referred to frequently. I give Degunking Your Mac a rating of 5 mooses. It's terrific!"