Types of Malware and how it impacts your computer

Types of Malware and how it impacts your computer

The term Malware is thrown around too often but what does Malware mean?

The term Malware is often used when discussing security and tools to prevent infection from attackers or malicious content. There can be various types of Malware that can cause utter devastation to your computer systems. For example Malware such as Adware, Ransomware, Spyware.

What are the signs that I might be affected?

Often there is a clear indication that you are affected but sometimes it is not so obvious, some signs that your are affected are:

  • Crashing
  • Emails sent from your account without your knowledge
  • Freezing
  • Issues connecting to networks
  • Pop-up ads
  • Programs running or shutting down on their own
  • Slow performance

If you are affected by any of the above then a professional IT engineer can remove them for you, we would be happy to help if you complete our form below.

  • Bug: Bugs are often accidental flaws in a program?s source code impacting program usability, and in extreme cases, causing system crashing.
  • Adware: Adware, also known as advertising-supported software, displays advertisements like pop-ups.
  • Ransomware: Ransomware is designed to prevent you from accessing your computer until you pay a sum of money. This type of malware hit computers hard in recent months with ransomware outbreaks like WannaCry, Bad Rabbit, and NotPetya. Companies our individuals receive demands to hand over money for an encryption key to get their data back.
  • Root-kit: A root-kit accesses or controls your laptop or computer. Whoever has control of the rootkit is able to access files, modify software and steal information.
  • Spyware: Through spyware, hackers are able to watch your activity without your knowledge.
  • Trojan Horse: True to its name, a Trojan horse is malicious software that disguises itself as an average file or program in order to trick users into downloading it.
  • Virus: A computer virus attaches itself to your files and slowly but surely spreads to other files. Eventually, all of your system?s files may be deleted or corrupt.
  • Worms: A worm can infect an entire network of devices through network interfaces.

All the above software would have a detrimental affect on your productivity. In case of Ransomware you can be completely locked out of all your data and without a successful backup there may be no way to restore.

The ideal situation is to prevent infection, to do so please be vigilant with everything you download. Every e-mail you receive ask yourself if you were expecting it, if an e-mail contains a link to a document don’t open it unless you can verify the authenticity.

You should always install an Antivirus and Malware protection, keeping adequate protection especially in a business environment is essential but can also come down to a Compliance issue.

If you think you may be infected or would like help installing protection, please complete our form below or call 03330 509625