It can be quite disappointing if a computer, which used to run very fast till a few days ago suddenly, starts running like a snail, frequently restarts and freezes. It can get more dangerous if you cannot remember what went wrong with the PC. All that you can remember is that while surfing the internet you have clicked on some ads, which suddenly appeared on the screen of your computer. If it is so, then your computer must be infected with spyware or malware.

Spyware is a type of application that is installed into the computer system without the user's knowledge. It is meant to operate secretly, because the primary function of spyware is to obtain information from your computer without your permission. That is tantamount to stealing. For example, you could have spyware in your computer sending private and confidential information about your internet surfing activities, your online banking passwords, credit card numbers. Usually, they don't impede the use of a computer, but can result in your computer slowing down if heavily infected. But when passwords, email accounts and other information get stolen, including your personal data that is when the hair pulling starts.

Malware, similar to spyware, is also usually installed in the computer system without the user's permission. How can this happen? Malware can embed itself in an innocent looking application (e.g. a game), and the unsuspecting user installs the game into the computer. All the while, the user thinks that it is the game that is installed, when in reality, it is the game AND the malware that is installed. So what can malware do to the computer?

The term malware, actually comes from two words - malicious, and software. In other words, malware is short for malicious software. And that tells you something about the behavior of malware. You can expect it to behave maliciously. Behaving maliciously means that it is going to be actively causing damage to your computer system. Unlike spyware, which just sits there and grab data unobtrusively, malware actually create havoc in your computer. For example, it may erase important registry files, or attempts to format your harddisk, etc. The damage is sometimes irreparable, and it can amount of a lot of money if important data is lost.

Spyware and malware tips

Here are some tips for how to keep your computer up and running and free of spyware and malware.

Spyware and malware tips -1
Run a spyware removal tool. Remember that many software that claims to remove spyware is actually spyware in disguise, so be wary and download antispyware only from reputable sources.

Spyware and malware tips -2
Avoid Microsoft Outlook. This seemingly innocent program has so many unsavory security holes in it because of the great lengths it goes through to open and interpret your data, that it's almost impossible to run without leaving your security door open for your PC to be infected by the next virus that comes out. Use an email managing system that has a good reputation and fewer adware problems. Check the internet to research the one that is best for you.

Spyware and malware tips -3
Avoid Microsoft Internet Explorer for the same reason as Outlook.

Spyware and malware tips - 4
Keep all antivirus software up to date using the procedures that were included with it at purchase. Updates often are published daily, so update when one is offered.

Spyware and malware tips -5
Stay current with your PC system updates. This is a high priority. If that fails, contact your manufacturer via Internet Explorer.

Spyware and malware tips -6
Do not open an email attachment unless it's from someone you trust, and from whom you're expecting an attachment. Attachments should be sent separately from the email saying the attachment is coming. In other words, email your source that you will be sending an attachment in the next email, then email the attachment separately with a note. Ask senders to do the same for you.

Spyware and malware tips -7
Use a firewall on all equipment that has this protection. If your Windows or browser box has the option of running personal firewall software, do it. You need multiple security layers, and this one is free and easy.

Spyware and malware tips -8
Pick antiviral software with a good reputation. A computer expert can fill you in on the kind best suited for your PC. Please note that this software does not prevent the computer from getting viruses, it merely cleans up some of them once the computer is infected.

Spyware and malware tips -9
Never set up a network share from your system. This also applies to a shared printer or a shared drive. Contact an internet security person if you need a jolt of fear regarding this matter. That person will tell you that this is like leaving the door open after moving into a mansion full of priceless artwork after a community home showing.

Ultimately, it comes down to the end user. If you choose to ignore warnings from the security software, you can still find yourself with a spyware and malware infested PC. So keep yourself updated with the latest computer security news, and be a smart computer user.

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Rossbaru said...

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