Malware, spyware you name it you can find it in the internet. And these unwanted and unneeded things usually infect your computer without you realizing it and even with the protection of your computer running sometimes. Attacks of malware have been made more intelligent with the increasingly intelligent technology and devices. Malicious malware sometime get inside your programs and stay hidden until your computer is vulnerable and then starts running on their own and infecting the whole computer. These malware can do pretty much everything from stealing your location coordinates to stealing your personal information which can be used against you. So here are some of the basics of identifying the most common malware seen and the ones that are self updating.
Online advertisements and pop ups
Malware infects your computer most commonly through pop up advertisements and online advertisements. Using an ad blocker is the most recommended to ensure that you do not accidentally click one of the advertisements and have the malware infecting your computer. Having good antivirus solutions in Singapore is also recommended but you will need to regularly run the program and also update it as needed to make sure that it can fight against the newest malware types.
Encrypted and obfuscated malware
The malware types that can get through the guard of firewalls and end up destroying the computer (prompting you to desperately contact desktop support solutions that provide unique solutions) are the ones that come encrypted and obfuscated by the creator. These usually come as additional files which have to be executed (with the .exe filename extension). These usually come with CDs, flash drives and such which get infected when put into an already infected computer. Sometimes these files refuse to be deleted so you will end up having to format all the devices and equipment. Sometimes these files come as shortcut files with the filename of an already existing legit file in your device. Usually these shortcuts pop up as an accidently made copy but are actually malware files.
Browsing through social media sites
Messages through friends, and other people you recognize sometime can contain malware which infect as soon as the message is read. Most of the malware distribution is through social media sites because there is a large user count and even larger correspondences between users. If you are suspicious of an attached file that came from a friend which doesn’t show a thumbnail or has a weird picture, check with them first whether they sent it themselves.
Being diligent about your computer’s security is the best way to keep your computer and device malware free. Do not click on pop up advertisements and other advertisements that pop up on websites. These, along with attachments that come through social media sites make up the largest infecting network of malware.