Articles in Category: Malware
Some people disconnect their backup drive when not backing up because they fear ransomware. I explain why that’s a Really Bad Idea.
Download sites are just too risky these days. Don’t use them unless there is no way to avoid them, and even then, be very careful in your selections.
Files cannot be checked for viruses before being downloaded, but there are precautions you can and should take.
Email viruses come from many sources, and it’s not easy to trace them.
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.
Messages that indicate you have a problem and recommend a specific download as a solution are immediately suspect.
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?
There are forms of malicious software that attempt to travel from machine to machine on your local network. There’s good news, though.
Even with all the right things in place, stuff happens. I’ll review the additional steps you can take to protect yourself.
Scanning your nuclear power station’s Windows computers for malware can present some challenges if the machines have been secured properly.
All malware is scary, especially ransomware due to the damage it can inflict. Here’s how to avoid a repeat performance.
For some reason, many people’s gut reaction to a malware infestation is to consider getting a new computer. That’s unnecessary.
Another day, another report of hackers exploiting vulnerabilities. Here’s how you stay safe.
There just isn’t a best. Knowing that will (hopefully) lead you in a safer direction.
Once your machine is infected, system backups are likely to include the infection, but are still important. I’ll look at what steps to take.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!