Malware also known as malicious software, has one purposes and one purpose only! To damage and disable laptops, tablets, cell phones and other computer equipment. Malware has the potential to track and gather your personal information, you see Malware attaches itself to parts of the software disguising itself with in the software, so you do not know it’s there while it steals and gathers your personal information.
Malware is extremely stealthy and many software manufactures try very hard to stop these stealthy bad guys. The reality of this, is the fact that these bad guys are hard to find, and prosecute, so it takes multipole steps to protect your PC equipment. Features like firewalls, proxies, and anti-virus software help us battle these bad guys. Below I want to break down and discuss the different types of Malware, that way you are aware of these horrible viruses and some basic procedures on how to protect not only your online business and blogging activity, but your customers equipment as well. Now let’s break down the top known Malware types and some basic Info on each.
11 Top Known Malware types and features.
- Adware: Least dangerous, mostly found in adds
- Spyware: Software that lurks in the back-ground spying on your internet activities, and relaying that information to the bad guys.
- Virus: a computer code in which it attaches to a piece of software than reproduces it self while the software is running, users experience slow drag-ish speeds.
- Worm: A program that replicates itself and destroys data and files on the computer. Worms work to “eat” the system operating files and data files until the drive is empty.5
- Trojan: Most IT professionals consider Trojans to be the most dangerous PC malware. These evil malware software are created to un covering your personal financial information, that will take over your machines systems resources, and has the potential to infect multipole systems on your networks.
- Rootkit: Love hiding with in the core of your system steeling information without you even knowing it. Most solutions to removing Rootkit viruses vary, but one thing is for sure, if you got infected with a rootkit it may be very hard to detect and remove.
- Backdoors: Just like worms and Trojans, back doors are very nasty applications that open a network connection to your computer, in which hackers can send malicious software to your PC.8
- Keyloggers: Records everything you type on your PC in order to glean your log-in names, passwords, and other sensitive information, and send it on to the source of the keylogging program.
- Rogue security software: Fake anti-virus software, that after you install and run the fake AV ( Anti Virus) it than takes over your machine and launches the malicious software.10
- Ransomware: Most of the time you see some sort of fake FBI badge or police sign on your desktop. Stating your machine is locked down do to cybercrimes, you must pay “x amount of dollars to unlock your device” but it is fake. This type of ransom ware is extremely hard to remove, and is becoming increasingly popular in 2017.11
- Browser Hijacker: This can be an easy one to catch, Browser Hijackers will change your home page settings, and other browsing settings. Many times, when your browser has ben infected with a browser Hijacker, it will redirect you to various strange websites that the software creators want you to see. The idea behind browser Hijackers is to track your shopping and banking information. The best way to remove a browser hijacker, is to clear all browser history and cache, then un install the browser, and delete the program browser file from your system.
The above information in regards to malicious cyber viruses is just a brief snip-it of all the dangers of the internet. Now I am not writing this post to scare, or stop you from working online, selling online, and building business via the Internet. My goal is to better educate you, because the more we know about how these malicious cyber crimes work, the better we can protect our self’s, our business, and our customers.
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