Visiting a shopping websites, blog, entertainment forum, or music sharing website is something that most people do on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of these users have no idea that they may be installing the very program that could destroy their machine. Malware is made up of six main groups. These include computer viruses, worms, spyware, adware, Trojan horses, and other malicious programs. While all these programs are slightly different, their sole purpose is always to damage computers. If that’s not bad enough, these programs can be found on popular websites that have been exploited. This is most commonly found with blogging websites, but also on business, shopping, educational, entertainment, health, and computer sites. Simply put, no website is safe from malware.
Once the user visits an exploited website, the program automatically downloads itself on to the machine. It’s then that users will start experiencing negative side effects, such as a slow computer, missing data, even identity theft. Most of this happens before the user even realizes that there is a problem with their machine.
Detecting malware early is key to repairing the system. The easiest way to do this is to have an updated web browser and operating system. Both these programs update periodically as new viruses are released. The updated versions of the program have been specially designed to protect against new threats. Despite this, the occasional threat will get through and that’s why a good anti-virus and anti-malware program is needed. The anti-virus device will act as an extra barrier protecting the computer. If a virus does manage to penetrate these safety features, an anti-malware program can be used. These programs are able to detect and remove nearly all viruses that exist today. Finally, while most viruses spread through websites, older malware can still be shared through email addresses. Computer users should make sure that they only download attachments from users they know. This will help cut down on the spread of malware dramatically.
This malware infographic was developed by Inspired eLearning, providers of online security awareness training.