Articles tagged: malware

Best Choice!

What’s the Best Anti-Malware Tool to Keep Me Safe?

Over the years, your choices when it comes to anti-malware tools have become simpler, yet frustratingly imprecise.

Remote Access -- to your wallet

What Can a Technician with Remote Access Do?

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!

Avoid Ransomware!

How to Avoid Ransomware

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.

Wanted Poster

Are the Bad Guys Winning?

Media hype makes it seem like the bad guys are winning. They’re always in the lead – but don’t believe the hype.

The hand of a hacker

Which Files Were Affected by a Hack or Malware?

After a hack or malware infection, you’ll want to know you’ve cleaned up the resulting mess. The news is not good.

How do I remove malware?

How Do I Remove Malware?

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.

100% Secure?

How Do I Know if My Machine is Free of Malware?

It’s impossible to know your machine has no malware. What does that mean for your safety?

Anti-Virus

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.

Virus

Can I Really Get Malware by Just Looking at Email?

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.

Internet Safety: 7 Steps to Keeping Your Computer Safe on the Internet

Internet Safety: 7 Steps to Keeping Your Computer Safe on the Internet

Internet safety is difficult, yet critical. Here are seven key steps to keep your computer safe on the internet.

Virus Detected!

How Do I Remove a Virus If It Prevents Me from Downloading or Installing Anything?

Some malware goes to great lengths to prevent you from downloading, running, or applying a fix. I’ll tell you what steps to take.

Peek

Why Wouldn’t an Exploit be Caught by My Anti-malware Tools?

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.

Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions

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.

Google Chrome Homepage Setting

How Do I Remove a Website from My Computer?

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.

You Don't Need A New Computer

My Machine’s Full of Malware; Should I Get a New Computer?

For some reason many people’s gut reaction to a malware infestation is to consider getting a new computer. That’s just … wrong.

Phishing

Phishing: How to Know it When You See It

Phishing is a way that internet scammers trick you into providing your personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft, and more.

Dancing Bunny!

Resist Those Dancing Bunnies

All the anti-malware software in the world can’t protect you from yourself if you’re intent on bypassing them to see the dancing bunnies you’ve been promised.

Virus in a Picture?

Is anti-virus dead?

Anti-malware tools have never been 100% solutions – but, despite what we hear on the news, they are far from dead!

Download Button

Is It Safe to Download from Download Sites?

Download sites are just too risky these days – unless there is no way to avoid them. Even then, be very careful in your selections.

Infected!

Can Malware Authors Hijack My Anti-malware Software?

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!

Webcam

Should I cover my webcam when not in use?

Sure, you can cover your webcam with tape. But that won’t solve the real problem… you’ve got malware on your computer!

Bad Computer Day

One Reason Why You Don’t Need a New Computer

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 unnecessary.

Hard Drive in the Crosshair

Should My Anti-virus Scans Include My External Drives?

Malware can certainly insert itself on external drives. The question is how high is the risk?

Office 2010

Do I need all these Office 2007 updates if I also have Office 2010?

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.

Hacker's Hand

Can an ISP Remotely Access My Computer without My Knowledge?

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!

Tux - The Linux Mascot

Can a flash drive that has a Linux install on it become infected?

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?

Virus

Can I Be Sure My Machine Is Malware Free?

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.

Hacker in the night

Will Someone Hacking My Router Show up on My Computer?

Router hacking is rare, but it can happen. I’ll discuss what it is.

Chrome

Are Silent Background Updates a Good Thing?

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.

Hacker's Hand

Why Doesn’t Malware Appear in the Add/Remove Programs List?

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!

Webcam

How do webcams get hacked?

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.

Back Up!

Is It Safe to Leave My External Backup Drive Connected?

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.