Different types of virus and how to protected yourself
In computers, a Trojan horse is a program in which malicious or harmful code is contained inside apparently harmless programming or data in such a way that it can get control and do its chosen form of damage, such as ruining the file allocation table on your hard disk. In one celebrated case, a Trojan horse was a program that was supposed to find and destroy computer viruses. A Trojan horse may be widely redistributed as part of a computer virus.
What could cause a Trojan Infection?
Most commonly infections come from direct download or ads – these are some ways you can get the infection
- Opening email attachments
- Free software and applications download
- Looking on an infected website
What can a Trojan infection do?
- Steal credit card information
- Lock your password
- Get on your network
How to protect yourself from Trojan?
- Get the most advance anti-virus scanner and always keep it up to date
- Install a firewall to stop hackers from getting in your systems
- Teach users to know what files there opening by email or downloading attachments.
- Do not open the file if the format is something you have never heard of
Spyware and malware
Spyware is software that is made to gather information about your person or organization without their knowledge. This is done through the internet by using advertisers or other interested parties. It can also get in your computer and start installing programs that are harmful to your machine
How to know if you have spyware and malware symptoms?
Spyware will dramatically slow down your internet speed and you will find that you will get a lot of annoying pop-ups windows. When is happens it then will begin to start crashing your computer and that when it begin to get information from your system.
The Main software service we use is called Webroot Spy Sweeper or eTrust Pest Patrol. These are both well known software that can protect your data. This software has yearly subscription fee, this will scan your computer and remove the bulk of unruly spyware and malware from your computer.
Once you have bought the software and have installed it make sure you have set it up to do weekly software updates and set up to full system scan every month.
How you can protect your self?
- Be extra carefully when you open suspicious emails from unknown sources this this the most common way people get infected
- Stay away from website that involves you to register to get something. or fill in a survey
- Be careful want software you download on your system read people comments before download they will tell you if they come across any infections
Computer worm is a malicious software program that can self-replicate on computers or via computer networks – without you being aware that your machine has become infected. Because each subsequent copy of the virus or computer worm can also self-replicate, infections can spread very rapidly. There are very many different types of computer viruses and computer worms – and many can cause high levels of destruction.
What do worms do?
They are designed to take over any program and steal confidential user information. This virus is designed to spread to everyone that opens the application or email. For example if one of your friends gets an email from someone he does not know and opens it, then the email worm start to infect everyone in the recipients phone book. This can happen in minutes. The usually causes the internet to slow down.
Worms’s carrying damage
Worms are created to spread, they’re not created to mess up the computers they pass-through. Some worms carry something that is called payload which is a piece of code designed to do damage, what this code might do to your PC is delete files on your PC or encrypt files in an extortion attack, also it can get to your outgoing emails. What the worm does is it makes a back door so that other viruses can get through. So they can start infecting your pc.
How to protect yourself from worms
It is very difficult to get rid of any viruses like worms and Trojans nowadays. It always best if your secure yourself before you get this virus.
Make sure you have your personal firewall to block external access to network services and make sure it is turned on.
Most people forget how important this firewall is on your computer as this will block any virus from infecting your PC. By turning this off you are fully exposed to any attack on the world wide web. Especially when you are using public Wi-Fi systems in a library or cafes. Trend Micro’s Smart protection networks this software carries protection against worm’s viruses and Trojans.
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