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What to Look for in Anti-Malware Software

Malware can be harmful, if not prevented.

Malware can be harmful, if not prevented.

Malware Is Dangerous to a PC

Malware is a type of software made to damage or infiltrate a computer without receiving consent from the owner. Malware is otherwise known as, malicious software. Malware can be found in several forms. Having anti-malware protection software. helps keep your computer safe from malware.

What Malware is Capable of Doing

A surprising amount of PCs get infected with malware. Out of ten computers connected to the internet, nine will be infected. Without this protection, you are opened up for identity theft, hard drive corruption, personal information exposed, and your usernames and passwords stolen. Malware can find you even when being careful.

Functions and Features Needed in Anti-Malware

You may have anti-malware software installed on your PC already. Knowing what key functions and features are needed for adequate protection, will help in the decision of what software should be used. Look for these when browsing for Anti-Malware software:

  • Automatic updates for malware. The program you choose should be able to connect automatically to the vendors website, and download any available updates.
  • Automatic updates for the program. The program should be able to automatically check for updates to the program and install them.
  • Real time scanning. You want the malware stopped prior to entering your PC. Real time scanning can accomplish this.
  • On demand scanning. The user should be able to choose a folder, file, or drive to be scanned when initiated.
  • Access Scans. Scanning for malware should be done when any files are accessed or opened.
  • Compressed Files Scan. Many times malware is embedded in files that are compressed. The program needs to have the ability to scan these files.
  • Scheduled Scans. Malware software should have the capability for the user to program regular scans of PC.
  • Script Blocking. At times, script languages in websites are used for the execution of malicious software codes. The program should be able to block malware found in such languages as Java, ActiveX, or other language scripts.
  • E-mail Protection. Anti-Malware software needs to have the ability to monitor the e-mail traffic, including attachments, and block any malware from entering your PC.
  • Interface Easy to Use. The program should be easy to configure for even the novice PC user.
  • Heuristic Detection Ability. With this ability, recent threats are able to be detected, by analyzing characteristics and behaviors of files that are suspicious.

Preventing Malware Infections

Besides the use of anti-malware software, there are some precautions the PC user should take. Use anti-virus software and a firewall, as well. Security setting in the browser should be increased. Use of public computers should be used with caution. Using these precautions and having adequate anti-malware protection, will help keep your computer clean.

Having a computer free of Malware can be beneficial, since there are no harmful damages being done. If you suspect that you have Malware on your computer, and do not have the time or means to fix it; speak with us here where we can take a look and get it working as good as new.

Different Types of Computer Viruses

 

Computer viruses come in many shapes and sizes

Types of Computer Viruses

There are several types of computer viruses that can pose a threat to your identity or the data on your computer. It is a good idea to know about these security threats and how they work. Anti-virus software is highly recommended or everyone who uses computers on a regular basis to protect their personal, financial and most sensitive data.

Browser Hijacker

One type of virus is called a browser hijacker. This works in a way that it takes over parts of the internet browser you are using and redirects it to certain sites. Its purpose is to increase advertisement revenue by bringing traffic to certain web pages. A well-known example of one is called CoolWebSearch. Keep an updated, good antivirus program to help stop these.  Also, be careful in downloading any coupon and shopping add-ons, and programs.  They are often bundled with those.

Directory Virus

A second type of virus is known as a Directory Virus and are also called File System Virus or Cluster Virus. This virus works by changing the path that indicates the files location by infecting the directory of your computer. These infect the entire directory but are usually found in a location in the disk. An example is Dir-2 virus.  These make it difficult to locate your files and may seem that files have disappeared.

Trojan

Trojan or Trojan horse is sent to your computer by a program that it is hidden inside . A trojan disguises itself to make one believe it is an important or useful program. These are often in highly desirable downloads like games, free software, and even movies or music.  Trojans are different that other viruses, because they don’t multiply or spread.  However, they are very dangerous because they can capture your login information on sites that you input your information.  Trojans are a top tool of cyber thieves who steal your financial and personal data for profit.

Memory Resident Virus

Memory Resident Virus are put on your computers memory. When the operating system runs the virus gets activated and every file that was opened gets infected. Even after execution of the malicious code the virus stays hidden in the RAM. This virus corrupts programs and files that are used in any way. Randex, Meve and MrKlunky are some, just to name a few.

Overwrite Virus

Another type is Overwrite Virus. This virus takes a file and infects it and the information in it is deleted, once that happens the file is partially useless or totally. The file size is not changed even though the content has been replaced. The file needs to be deleted, and you will lose the content originally in it.

We are able to help remove all types of viruses from your computer. Whether they have been on there for a while, or if you just had them added to the computer. Having a clean computer can put your mind at ease.