I am a computer technician and I am surprised that so few individuals use malware security to prevent their computer systems from becoming damaged. I’ve done enough computer technician work I can say I have seen almost everything, but yet the amount of malware I must remove from computers is remarkable. If you don’t understand what malware is and why it’s bad, then I shall explain that in another paragraph, but in case you’ve suffered from malware than that I am certain that you will agree it is a real issue.
Malware is bad software that behaves like a virus. It frequently gets into your system when you navigate to a nefarious website and then install itself. The most common one I have had to eliminate lately will take over your browser (either Internet Explorer or Firefox) and reroute your searches and homepage to something else completely. Imagine how much fun it would be to start up your browser and not really have the ability to use it correctly. On the majority of these systems, I was not able to remove the offending malware and needed to rebuild the operating system from scratch.
Malware is definitely on the upswing, as evidenced by the number of infected systems I’ve encountered lately. You will need to take the proper actions to protect yourself. Be sure that you are running at least some kind of malware protection. I can overstate the importance of this. If you are not using some form of protection you run a significant risk of getting your computer hi-jacked. Please use malware security and internet security so you don’t need to be paid a visit by a computer repair technician!
The Fundamentals of Virus and Malware Protection
Malware (viruses, Trojans, spyware, worms) is among the Internet’s, along with your computer’s, worst afflictions. It induces millions of dollars worth of damage every year. To limit the harm to Windows-based systems, Microsoft has developed the Malicious Software Removal Tool. When Windows update is enabled on your computer, it downloads automatically. However, you shouldn’t use it as a replacement for an anti-virus program. Microsoft’s tool is supposed to seek out particular threats only, which means you need to have a trustworthy anti-virus program in place to safeguard your computer’s full system. Microsoft upgrades the Malicious Software Removal Tool monthly.
In case you have disabled Windows Update, you may still download the Microsoft tool to operate as a separate application. It will then scan your computer in the background as you work. If it finds any malware, it is going to get rid of the dangers and report it to Microsoft. If you don’t wish to report to Microsoft, you can disable the reporting purpose.
When a computer is affected by malware, the consequences can be quite obvious and bothersome. Internet connections become slow and the computer may slow down significantly. Internet searches are often sent to irrelevant webpages and pop up ads for antivirus applications are common. Spyware may also trawl your computer for passwords and bank account numbers.
Your antivirus program will eliminate most malware, but only if you keep the program current. Regular updates to your security programs are the only means to keep pace with new malware which turns up on the Internet. Outdated antivirus programs are useless in identifying malware.
Online scanners are just another way to look at your computer for malware. However, use them with caution, since some of the scanners are fake, especially the free ones. Bogus scanners alert one to bogus malware and recommend that you download their antivirus program, which then turns out to be a virus! Be very sure the scanner is trustworthy before using it, doing a few Google searches will let you know what you will need to know.
In case you have installed a couple of antivirus programs, run them one at a time. Running more than one at a time may cause them to return mistakes and will slow down your computer and internet connections substantially. On the other hand, it’s an excellent idea to scan your computer with over one antivirus program, just not at the exact same time. Where one program may miss a threat, another one is going to discover it.
Regularly scan your computer’s full system. I prefer to conduct scans overnight since they slow down your computer and might take a while. If only part of your computer system seems to be infected, you can scan the defendant part only. If you are using a free program, check that it gets rid of the malware it’s identified. Some of the free programs will determine the threats but need you to obtain the application in order for it to remove the disease. In my view, these special programs should be deleted and replaced with programs that have full functionality.