Articles tagged: malware
It used to be that simply viewing a malformed email could allow a virus to spread. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case with modern mail programs.
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.
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.
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.
Using an on-screen keyboard instead of a real keyboard might stop some keyloggers, but there’s no guarantee that other techniques aren’t also being used.
Phishing is a way scammers trick you into providing your personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft, and more.
Buying a new machine is a common knee-jerk reaction to a bad malware infestation. And it’s wrong. Not just a little wrong — it’s very wrong and completely unnecessary.
Over the years, your choices when it comes to anti-malware tools have become simpler, yet frustratingly imprecise.
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!
Media hype makes it seem like the bad guys are winning. They’re always in the lead – but don’t believe the hype.
After a hack or malware infection, you’ll want to know you’ve cleaned up the resulting mess. The news is not good.
It’s impossible to know your machine has no malware. What does that mean for your safety?
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.
Internet safety is difficult, yet critical. Here are seven key steps to keep your computer safe on the internet.
Some malware goes to great lengths to prevent you from downloading, running, or applying a fix. I’ll tell you what steps to take.
I’ve noticed a couple of patterns in the questions I get, and both boil down to a form of jumping to the wrong conclusions.
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.
Anti-malware tools have never been 100% solutions – but, despite what we hear on the news, they are far from dead!
Download sites are just too risky these days – unless there is no way to avoid them. Even then, be very careful in your selections.
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!
Malware can certainly insert itself on external drives. The question is how high is the risk?
Even if you don’t use all the software on your computer, malware might! So it’s best to always accept updates when they are offered.
Knowing who you are dealing with is the key to safe remote access. It’s not the technology that’s a problem. It’s the person on the other end of the remote access!
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.
Router hacking is rare, but it can happen. I’ll discuss what it is.
In my opinion, background updates are awesome. I love that Chrome is always up to date without my ever even having to think about it. Let’s look at why.
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!
The bottom line is – avoid malware. Do all of the things you know to do to keep your machine safe and malware-free and you will also keep your webcam secure.
My fairly strong opinion is that if you’re backing up to an external drive, leave it plugged in. Otherwise you’ll be missing backups on those days you forget to plug it in.