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Understanding malware and how to protect yourself from it

Malware, or malicious software, is designed to infect systems and devices, harvest data therein (or otherwise compromise their normal functionality), and possibly use that information for financial gain. It’s an umbrella term for a variety of software variants, including spyware, ransomware and viruses. Hackers leverage a wide range of malware variants, and once you’ve been […]

Download antivirus software

If you really want to protect your computer from malware, consider shopping around for antivirus software. These products are designed to stop, detect, and eliminate malware infections on your computer. Standard antivirus software solutions protect you from threats such as phishing attacks, spyware, viruses, and spam.

Avoid clicking on links inside pop-up windows

Since pop-up windows are often a result of spyware, clicking on the window may install spyware software on your computer. Close the pop-up window, select on the “X” icon in the titlebar instead of a “close” link within the window.

How can you prevent spyware from installing on your computer?

Be wary of free downloadable software. There are many sites that offer customized toolbars or other features that appeal to users. Don’t download programs from sites you don’t trust, and realize that you may be exposing your computer to spyware by downloading some of these programs.

Don’t click on links within pop-up windows

Because pop-up windows are often a product of spyware, clicking on the window may install spyware software on your computer. To close the pop-up window, click on the “X” icon in the titlebar instead of a “close” link within the window.

What is spyware?

Despite its name, the term “spyware” doesn’t refer to something used by undercover operatives, but rather by the advertising industry. In fact, spyware is also known as “adware.” It refers to a category of software that, when installed on your computer, may send you pop-up ads, redirect your browser to certain web sites, or monitor […]