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When a PC runs hot, it’s usually an indication that its processors are struggling with a workload. Sometimes, though, it can be sign that a malware infection is hijacking your CPU/GPU. If you notice a PC running hot for no apparent reason, run a virus/malware scan.
In most instances of malware infection, the malware can operate only using the privileges of the logged-in user. To minimize the impact of a malware infection, consider using a standard or restricted user account (i.e., a non-administrator account) for day-to-day activities. Only log in with an administrator account—which has full operating privileges on the system—when […]
Users clicking on a malicious email attachment or a link commonly spread Malware. Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re sure they’re safe, even if they come from a person you know. Be especially suspicious of attachments with sensational names, emails that contain misspellings, or emails that try to entice you into clicking […]
When your phone, tablet or PC becomes slower, it’s easy to chalk it up to the device getting older or the network struggling with the request. Sometimes, there’s a different cause, though – malware. An infection can slow even a relatively new device to a crawl. Use a reputable antivirus tool to scan for and […]
These terms are often used interchangeably but they refer to different threats. Viruses can self-replicate and spread easily through a computer or network. Ransomware is designed to hold data hostage by encrypting it and asking you to pay for the decryption key. Malware is a broad category that includes these two threats and many others.
Airports, buses and other venues may feature publicly available USB ports you can use to charge your devices. Unless you desperately need a recharge, it’s best to avoid plugging in, as you might be putting your phone or tablet at risk of surveillance and malware infection.
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