Do you know clicking on links or viewing videos on websites can cause malware to infect your computer? Malware is as old as software, but it has improved in the past. Malware today is more advanced than five years ago and can penetrate your computer more quickly than you could have imagined. There was a rise in malware infections during covid More than 270million attacks were reported between June and March, with more attacks expected to occur in the future. Criminal cyberspace has found it very attractive to create and distribute dangerous malware because more people now use their computers to do work. Recent media reports indicate that the lockdown has led to an increase in hacker attacks and malware infections. It is possible that someone you know or a close friend might be infected by dangerous malware. It is important to know how you can prevent this from happening, and what you can do if it does happen. To do this you will need to answer the following questions: “What is Malware?” What is Malware? What can you do to prevent Malware from infecting your computer? How to get rid of malware from your computer How can you keep safe online? What exactly is malware? Malware is a combination of malicious software and software. Malware refers to any program that is designed to cause harm on a computer’s system. As many kinds of malware exist as genuine software, each one can perform a variety of tasks at will. While some malware can cause minor inconveniences, such as changing folder colors, others may have the ability to control your computer, take over your files and steal your online banking details. They could also spy on your activities using your webcam. What is malware that can infect my computer? Inadvertently infecting your computer with malware can happen in more ways than one. The majority of malware spreading methods, or delivery methods as they are known in criminal cyberspace are made via the internet. These are just a few of the many ways they can be delivered and how to prevent them. Through unsecured/compromised networks It has become very common to find people getting their devices infected with dangerous malware through unsecured or compromised networks. The free WIFI hotspot that you use to enjoy your morning coffee may have been compromised. It could then be used for hacking or other malicious purposes. This can be prevented by connecting to public WIFI hotspots using VPN. 2. Malicious URLs and web links This is the easiest way to infect computers. Infected users can be infected simply by clicking on an email link, visiting infected URLs, and/or clicking on links on websites, social media, and emails. The malware can be silently downloaded and installed on your computer without you being aware. Anti-malware software can detect malware and stop it from being downloaded to your computer. Anti-malware software that can scan every link and URL you click on your browser as well as any downloaded programs will detect malware and remove it before it causes any harm to your computer. 3. External devices may have infected files. If the USB stick or SD card you use to connect your smartphone to your computer contains infected programs or files, it is likely that it will transmit the malware to your own PC. It is one of the easiest and most difficult-to-detect ways to distribute dangerous malware, especially on corporate PCs. Stuxnet, one of the most advanced malwares to date, was spread via USB sticks. It ended up dismantling several Iranian nuclear bases. 4. Malicious emails attachments. This method is still very effective, especially for people who use corporate email servers. Public email servers like Gmail have seen their ability to detect and remove malware over the years. If you open an infected attachment to an email, your computer can be infected quickly. The person who sent the attachment might not be aware that their computer has been infected. They may use their computer as an opportunity to spread malware to other email addresses. If you wish to avoid malware infection, it is crucial that you know how your computer and internet work. A VPN or anti-malware program can help you to stay secure. Similar Articles:
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