How to Stop Malware

Malware refers to any type of malicious software. It is very widespread on the internet and infections rates on PCs are huge. Malware includes all of the malicious software such as: Spyware, Adware, Trojans, Backdoors and Keyloggers.

Spyware and adware are some of the most prevalent types of malware. These usually spread by email attachments or can be automatically installed when you visit a malicious website. The purpose of spyware is to steal information about the computer user and their browsing habits. Spyware collects data without consent of the end user. In almost 100% of cases, the end user is not even aware that the spyware is installed. Some spyware will be more obvious than others and they can slow down your PC considerably.

Spyware will collect and transmit user information, screenshots, web sites visited, keystrokes etc. Some spyware will change computer settings and redirect the homepage of your browser as well as installing other spyware applications.

Adware is less malicious and is installed for the purpose of serving ads and pop-ups. Adware requires end-user consent before it can be installed, but it is done in a sneaky way. The most common adware is toolbars and screensavers. Once installed, these will display ads and re-direct your browser. Adware can be removed from the programs and settings section of the control panel. Spyware is not readily removable.

Detecting Malware

Unfortunately, Malware can be very difficult to detect. Even with extensive computer knowledge it can be hard to know what to look for and where to look. Once installed, the malware will bury itself deep in your system Registry. Even after removal, it can re-install itself.

The only effective way to completely remove malware is with a quality third party tool. There are some excellent products available for download and these can scan your system for virtually all types of malware. Once you have removed any malware threats, this software will help you stay protected.

We recommend that you scan your PC on a very regular basis. Remember, you may have a malware infection without even realizing and your data could be at risk.