If you want to know how to delete malware or are curious what malware is and how it can hurt your PC, this article will help!
Have you noticed your computer beginning to act strangely, running slower, freezing, giving you error messages or getting many pop-ups? If so, your system has likely been infected with Malware. Malware is otherwise known as malicious software. This software was downloaded to your computer to do nothing else but cause problems. These programs are used to hack into the hard drive of the computer, without any knowledge or consent of the user.
Malware is also called a virus when it is brought in by a worm or Trojan horse. Viruses will perform actions such as changing the registry, blocking programs from working correctly or at all and may be crashing the system completely. Other forms are known as cookies, which invite pop-ups as well as have the ability to steal personal information off the computer it has accessed.
You possess the ability to help protect your system and personal information from these programs. Here are steps to follow to take control of the problems and damage these programs can cause.
1) Plan for the potential invasion and protect every system in your home.
2) Choose your weapon. Choose good security software for the systems you are protecting. You may find these programs at any store that sells computer software as well as online. The price of this type of program can range from free to hundreds of dollars.
3) Avoid temptation. Offers received that sound overly optimistic are to be avoided. Pop-ups should not be accessed without knowing where it originated. Do not open any emails from unknown senders especially if they contain attachments.
4) If the suspecting of invasion of malware occurs, immediately run your antivirus program. Other steps would be to turn your system completely off when not in use. Make back-up copies of files, which you consider important to prepare for the event of a system crash. Changing all passwords and setting restore points for your computer is also recommended.
5) Use of a blocker for pop-ups and firewalls are important. As well as keeping, your system updated and running daily scans. Most programs allow you the ability to set a certain time you are not usually using your computer for these scans. Always thoroughly read privacy statements of websites to avoid unwanted spam.
6) Use a common sense approach. Although you have taken the above steps for protection, the possibility remains for your system to become infected. Some programs can lay dormant within your system. These programs remain unknown until they become active and begin its destructive ways. When you come to the realization of possible damage make use of the system restore feature of your computer. This will reset the system to the way it was at an earlier time.
7) Never, underestimate the enemy. People who hack into systems are always one-step ahead. New programs are being created as you read this piece. Use the steps listed to help stop these hackers before you become a victim.