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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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