What Malware Is and How to Avoid It

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One of the most nefarious types of malware is spyware, which can result in a stolen credit card, or even a stolen identity

Malware can be a bit of a pain, can’t it?  Nobody really likes malware.  It is malicious software, after all.  It comes in many forms, but it doesn’t encompass all viruses.  Generally speaking, malware does one of a few things.

The first type of thing it does is destroy your system.  None of your information will get sent to the people who made the virus, but your computer can’t be used afterwards without a ton of work or, sometimes, an entire re-install of your Operating System.  These tend to be a pain, but are mostly harmless after a couple of weeks.  There are other viruses that aren’t so forgiving, though.

Those types of viruses are Spyware.  These are usually hard to notice, and they gather your information and send it back to the developers of the virus.  These are the kinds that will do lasting damage to you, usually resulting in a stolen credit card, or maybe even a stolen identity.  The damage done by these forms of viruses can be very difficult to repair.

Credit card companies have gotten better about spyware in recent years, and have made it easier to spot when this happens.  This usually comes in the form of a text message to your phone saying that it’s amazing how you went from California to Italy in 5 seconds, and blocking your card’s use until further notice.

In all of these cases, viruses can often be preventable.  Using an advertising blocker on websites you’re not familiar with can stop viruses leaking through advertisements, and running regular virus scans can help remove any unnoticed viruses before they do too much damage.  If you’d like to figure out more, you can contact us.

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