These days you can’t rely on Antivirus products alone to protect your network and users.  Today, malware is considered the most serious threat among internet users.  Many of these threats are able to sneak through traditional Antivirus products, so best practice is to not only have a good Antivirus product, but a complimentary product for a double layer of protection.

What is Malware?

Malware is the term used for malicious software programs which include spyware, keyloggers, sneakware, adware, ransomware, browser hijackers, porn servers, trojans and worms.  Malware stealthily installs itself on a computer with the sole purpose of causing damage.  They can then do hundreds of damaging things to your computer such as logging your keystrokes, stealing your passwords, redirect your browser to phishing sites, show pornography, erase your data and hold your data for ransom.  All of this can be done without you noticing anything is amiss.

Where does Malware come from?

Malware writers are very tricky and are constantly coming up with new ways to get users to download their malware. It can come bundled with other software, which is often called a Trojan Horse.   Downloading software programs, using peer to peer file sharing software,  downloading programs that promise to fix your computer or speed it up and of course email.  Many times these programs are designed to look like your Antivirus software.  There are so many methods of installing malware that everyone is vulnerable.  Sometimes malware will install code in unexpected and hidden places such as the Windows Registry, or it may modify your operating system.

How can I get rid of Malware?

First, disconnect your computer from the network.  There are many programs available to scan and remove malware from computers.  You have to be careful though… as explained above, some malware is cleverly disguised.  Many times the malware will disable your antivirus or anti-malware software as well.  A good place to start would be to download the free version of Malwarebytes.  The premium version can be used to protect your computer from further infection.  You can download the free version here Malwarebytes The download will start immediately so if you don’t wish to download it at this time, right click and save the link.

How can I protect myself from Malware?

Add an extra layer of protection to your Antivirus software with software that can protect you from malware and zero day attacks.  If you are interested in volume discounts on the full version of Malwarebytes or a site license, please contact us. Our team can help you find the most compatible solution for your environment.