Basically, malware is software that was designed with the intent of operating a computer system without the consent of the user. There are many kinds of malicious software or “Malware” like spyware, or ransomware. Each performs different function spyware does what it sounds like by spying on the user’s actions on a compromised computer. Where ransomware takes your computers hostage and locks your data demanding a ransom to regain access to the data and the computers. In addition to criminals, foreign governments have been known to use some kind of malware attacks to gain control over systems. There have been quite a few attacks that have made the headlines of the mainstream media in the past few years. Many of which we caused by malware compromising a computer system giving criminals the access they need to cause all sorts of problems.

How do you protect against Malware?

  • Here are some steps you can take to protect your computer against malware:
  • Install and regularly update anti-malware software: Anti-malware software can help detect and remove malicious software from your computer. It’s important to keep your anti-malware software up-to-date to ensure it has the latest virus definitions and can protect against the latest threats.
  • Enable a firewall: A firewall can help block unauthorized access to your computer and prevent malware from communicating with its command and control server.
  • Keep your operating system and other software up-to-date: Software vulnerabilities can be exploited by malware to gain access to your computer. Keep your operating system and other software up-to-date with the latest security patches to prevent these exploits.
  • Be cautious when downloading and opening attachments: Malware can be hidden in email attachments or downloads. Only download attachments or software from trusted sources and be wary of unexpected attachments or links.
  • Use strong passwords: Use strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts to prevent malware from stealing your login credentials.
  • Back up your data: Regularly back up your important data to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. In the event of a malware infection, you can restore your data from the backup.


The virus is just like it sounds if a person gets a virus. It’s an infection. Computer viruses are the same. They infect files such as emails, music, websites with files that carry the virus. You can get a virus even if you are very careful you can get a virus when doing a simple web search from an infected website.

But what does the virus do? Like the flu virus, it spreads. By making copies of itself infecting other files, emails, devices on your network. And continues the cycle of infection and replication.

Some viruses are problematic by slowing down your computer, while others are designed to damage your computer.

What are some symptoms of a computer virus?

  • The computer becomes very slow or exhibits bad performance
  • Odd computer behavior
  • Data loss
  • Computer crashes

How do you protect yourself from viruses?

  • Delete spam messages immediately
  • Use antivirus protection software
  • Avoid free software
  • Use a firewall
  • Use anti-malware software
  • Keep all antivirus protection and anti-spyware software up-to-date
  • Regularly update your operating system
  • When possible, increase your browser security
  • Try to avoid sketchy or questionable websites
  • Only download software that is trustworthy
  • Don’t open messages or odd attachments from strangers

Trojans–or Trojan Horses

Like the store of the original Trojan Horse. Trojans are back-doors into a computer system. While appearing to be ordinary software, that is helpful or unimportant. When in fact Trojans provide backdoor access to the computer that has been infected. Unlike viruses, Trojans do not self-replicate or infect other files.

It pays to be prepared

Remember, unprotected computers are like an open door to online scammers and criminals. They look for these easy targets and will exploit them.

Firewalls, Anti-malware, Anti-Virus software, and caution are important components. To protect your computers and network from unwanted viruses and other issues caused by these cyber exploits.

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