Articles in Category: Malware
It’s impossible to know your machine has no malware. What does that mean for your safety?
Browser extensions are often installed with little thought to the immense security risk they present.
Some malware goes to great lengths to prevent you from downloading, running, or applying a fix. I’ll tell you what steps to take.
There are additional protections for your data if your machine becomes infected with a form of malware known as ransomware.
A full-image backup is still the best defense against ransomware. But what if your backup gets encrypted? I’ll look at the likelihood of that happening and make some recommendations.
Once your files are encrypted by ransomware, your options are few. If you’re not prepared, there are a few straws to grasp at.
Even with up-to-date anti-malware tools, you can still fall victim to malware. I’ll explain why by comparing your computer to your … bathroom.
Trying to remove malware? I’ll walk you through the steps and options, from simple to hard, including the only approach that’s guaranteed to work.
Security tools are asked to do an important, sometimes resource-hungry task. Here’s how to mitigate their impact on your ability to use your computer.
Casually installing one download may result in several other things being installed. I’ll review the steps to remove these pesky, problematic, painful, Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUPs.
Malware authors often make fantastic promises to get people to bypass their security software. It’s important to remain skeptical, vigilant, and attentive.
Some people disconnect their backup drive when not backing up because they fear ransomware. I explain why that’s a Really Bad Idea.
Malware can impact your computers performance before it arrives, once infected, and even after removal.
There are several reasons ransomware will be a scourge for some time to come. Most boil down to, well, us.
Avoid ransomware the same way you avoid any malware. A full backup will save you not only from ransomware, but from a host of other problems as well.
I hear about techniques to bypass keyloggers often. The problem is, keyloggers can log much more than keystrokes. There’s really only one solution: avoid them in the first place.
A zero-day attack is an exploitation of a software vulnerability before there’s a fix for it. I’ll review the timeline.
It’s possible for malware to be difficult or nearly impossible to remove. It’s also extremely rare.
Malware has come a long, long way since it began as a benign joke or proof-of-concept. Today, most malware boils down to someone, somewhere, making money.
Several current scams center around gaining remote access to your computer, often in the guise of fixing problems. There’s no way to know what was done, but we do know one thing: it’s a trap!
Malware is just software. It doesn’t destroy your computer’s hardware in any way. Some work — albeit significant work — will get you back up and running without needing to destroy anything.
It seems like even the most up-to-date anti-malware package isn’t always enough. It’s frustrating, because you’d think it would be.
After a hack or malware infection, you’ll want to know you’ve cleaned up the resulting mess. The news is not good.
Checking whether a download is safe before you download it is nearly impossible. Your best defense is your own skepticism, plus anti-malware tools to scan what you choose to download.
You should be able to remove any toolbars or browser settings that have been added to your computer.
Even with seemingly appropriate security in place, things can happen. I’ll review what things, and the additional steps you can take to protect yourself.
Spectre and Meltdown sound scary. Here’s what you need to do, which is hopefully what you’re doing anyway, along with an attempt at an analogy.
You can’t rely on yourself as a malware detector. Learn how to be a malware avoider.
I’ve Been Told My Computer Has a Virus, But My Anti-Malware Program Doesn’t Remove It. What Do I Do?
Making sure your anti-virus program and its definition database are up-to-date is the best way to make sure it can recognize and remove viruses.
There are many different terms that relate to software with malicious intent. Ultimately, however, there’s only one you really need to know, and several things you need to do.
Many installers include offers of additional software packages. If you don’t pay attention, you could end up with software you don’t need or want.
A redirect virus can fool your browser into going to malicious web sites without your knowledge. I’ll outline my experience detecting and removing one.
How to remove a website from a computer is a common question, yet it actually doesn’t make sense – websites aren’t on your computer. I’ll look at what is.
For some reason many people’s gut reaction to a malware infestation is to consider getting a new computer. That’s just … wrong.
A very common scam has people supposedly from Microsoft or your ISP or other authorities calling to help you with computer problems. Don’t fall for it.
There just isn’t a best… and knowing that will (hopefully) lead you in the direction of safe internet practices.
Anti-malware tools have never been 100% solutions – but, despite what we hear on the news, they are far from dead!
Quarantine gives you the option to “rescue” files you might want. Of course there is one way to make sure you always have an extra copy of everything…
Not only is malware written with bad intent, but it is often written badly. It can leave a mark on your computer’s performance even after it’s been removed.
Download sites are just too risky these days – unless there is no way to avoid them. Even then, be very careful in your selections.
Deleting Facebook won’t help, so I’ll look at more general approaches to removing Potentially Unwanted Programs that are, effectively, malware.
Once a hacker has control of your machine they can do anything they want. So yes, they will try to disable your anti-malware… and more!
Sure, you can cover your webcam with tape. But that won’t solve the real problem… you’ve got malware on your computer!
Typically there’s no need to be terrified of clicking on images… as long as you know what to look for and how to manage your protection.
Many advertisements of computer products include promises that they can’t keep, or know that they won’t keep. By making things seem much worse than they actually are they attempt to entice – or even scare – you into purchase tools you simply don’t need.
Malware can certainly insert itself on external drives. The question is how high is the risk?
Firewalls and security software are important tools to keep your computer safe. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as perfect protection from the variety of threats on the internet.
Depending on the format of the drive, how the malware finds you, and how you access Windows, you may or may not have a problem! Does that sound vague enough for you?
Believe it or not… you can’t prove that you don’t have malware. But when your computer slows down, it doesn’t necessarily mean malware.
Malware not showing up in the Add/Remove Programs list doesn’t surprise me at all. After all, malware’s success is based on its ability to hide from you!