Most of the users going online today are very casual about the internet security and they know minimum about online threats. Whenever, they face issues with their PC they consider it any minor and temporary PC problem and simply ignore them. It happens because users don't really understand that the problem is actually caused by a malware that may be a virus, Trojan or others. Those who can understand the symptoms and types of malware don't really wait till the system crashes down rather they seek the right kind of support and repairs so the threats could be prevented within time. The users who know about malware and other online threats can take recourse to updated antivirus programs in a bid to prevent such threats. What is malware? Malware is in fact a malicious software that is programmed to hack your PC and steal or destroy important data and information. The malware is a broader term that refers to every type of malicious software which is designed and created with the intention of damaging PCs and stealing important data and information. It targets the PCs connected to the internet and sometimes make the users suffer financially as well. Some of the categories of malware include viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware and rootkits. This article lets you know about various types malware that can infect your PC. In this article you will know about the mode of infection and features of these online threats. Viruses Viruses are the most frequent type of malware that we know. Some viruses that have made huge impact in the past include ILOVEYOU bug, the Melissa, and the Chernobyl virus. Due to these viruses, companies have suffered huge losses amounting in millions of dollars. While active during their peak, these viruses impacted thousands of PCs and crippled the entire email server of many companies. At one point of time, the companies like Intel and Microsoft had to shut down their emailing servers because of the fast increasing impact of these viruses. The viruses that have appeared in the past had a feature of stealing the contacts from the address book of the infected PC and sending them to many PCs either via the MS Outlook or other email accounts. The virus sends the email with an attachment containing an alluring note to befool users. It is very difficult to remove malware from the system as it gets glued to almost every removable hardware component that is attached to the infected PC or device. The features and mode of infiltration of these computer viruses are very similar to computer worms as both infect the files on the system and gradually make the system slow to an extent that it becomes unusable. To fix the PC you first need to remove these files as they get infected with the virus. Worms Computer worms can be termed as the self-replicating malware. It is widespread and available everywhere on the web. If you are thinking that they are not a major threat to the PC and you can easily get rid of computer worms then you are totally mistaken as worms are stubborn and it is not easy to remove them. One remarkable thing about the worms is their ability to go undetected even after staying for months in your PC. Gradually they begin deleting your files, slowing down your programs and creating ways for other malware to get into the system. Certain worms can also create backdoors for hackers. Worms often attach themselves with files and attachments and infect PCs through mass mailing. So be cautious about these highly dangerous computer worms and always keep your PC protected with an updated antivirus program. Trojan Horses This is one of the most dangerous types of malware. Trojan plays trick to befool the users. They exist in the PC in the guise of some genuine program or file that makes it very difficult for the users to detect the infection. Trojan mostly exists as a document, genuine photo or application to avoid detection. The moment you click on either of it, the malware gets executed and starts harming your PC and programs. Although, it doesn't replicate itself but is capable of inserting many worms and viruses that make irreparable damage to the PC. Some other types of malware include spyware and rootkits. Spyware infects the target PC via ads, message pop ups and browser redirection. They divert you to a malicious web page or website and thus insert the infection into your PC. The best way of preventing these threats is to install an updated antivirus program on your PC. Moreover, be always alert and cautious while you are clicking on an email or attachment coming from a strange source.
Technological innovation over the years has provided organizations with the best tools to drive their business operations. Topping to the list of technology innovation that is most used in today's techno savvy business environment is the Internet which has given a business houses a worldwide access to enter newer markets. Further, the concept of the world wide web has slowly but steadily moved into the enterprises to form a widely networked global organization.However, the internet has become indispensable today. Though it plays a major role in providing a fast and easy method of electronic communication in both day-to-day business and the social circles, it also challenges the internet user with security threats, frauds and phishing attacks. Thus organizations need to do away with ineffective security measures and cater advanced tools to protect the people and process to ensure safety of the business operations. Sophisticated technology alone cannot withstand the pressures from malicious attacks, but require proactive initiatives and timely implementation to control the phishing attacks.The phishing attacks are ways and means to extract critical information from the unsuspecting internet or network end users. With the information extracted in the form of passwords, user name or other basic critical information either personal or professional, these fraudsters then extend their operations to dig out deeper information vital for the organization, leading to security breaches. The standard phishing protection solutions used by most of the organizations address the technology and the process used and some solutions also addresses the people risk factor. However, today's technology based highly networked business organizations need effective anti-phishing software that will cover all aspects of phishing protection.Enterprises today use anti-phishing tools to provide organizations with estimates of security awareness among the employees, identifies data leakage and evaluates data loss and prevention. Further, eminent service providers deploy simulated phishing attacks to prepare the employees with the necessary knowledge to handle real-time attacks. The anti-phishing software also benefits organizations to -??? Assess their employees awareness level on social engineering and its side effects.??? Estimate the probable hazards associated with phishing??? Provides a "road map" solution for ensuring security awareness within the enterprise??? Recognizes the weak links from among the people, method and technology??? Prioritizes remedial action by benchmarking and maturity analysisSuch effective diagnostic anti-Phishing software will help to increase employee awareness against Phishing attacks and safeguard business critical information from the hands of the malicious organizations need to do away with ineffective security measures and cater advanced tools to protect the people and process to ensure safety of the business operations.
So just like many IT professionals you fell fowl of the conficker worm? I am sure every IT professional has a plan for disaster should it ever occur but the conficker worm bit us all in the backside - why? Well, the truth is that not only was this a clever infection that outwitted most antivirus programs but it also took advantage of our lack of preparation when it comes to being fully prepared against malicious attack.Here is a checklist that hopefully will enlighten you and also help you prepare against future problems:1. Do not use simple passwords.This is a simple mistake to make for IT professionals and users alike. Choosing 'password' as your password is inviting trouble. Many hackers and malicious coders will take advantage here. You should have a minimum complexity for your passwords.2. Do not simplify your network share permissions.If you are an IT professional you should know what this means. It means basically do not use the 'everyone' group in your network shares. You should tighten it up and use specific domain groups and only use the minimum required permissions or hackers will again take advantage of this lapse in security.3. Use a good antivirus program.More importantly keep it up to date! If you use a client/server program then this is fairly easy to do but make sure all visitors to your network have adequate protection also.4. Keep your network patched with updates.Antivirus programs are designed to keep attacks out, not necessarily to deal with it once on board. Remember this and keep all of your software including your operating system bang up to date with the latest patches. This could be server updates or client security updates. Microsoft have since developed patches to cover up the weakness in their system that the conficker worm took advantage of, who knows what else is lurking? Guys, keep it patched.5. Prepare for the worst.You may never be able to keep all infections out so be prepared with good up to date images of your machines. Also make sure that all data is backed up properly and you are prepared for disaster with a quick recover should the worst occur.In conclusion do not become lazy when it comes to a good disaster recovery plan. Make sure you use antivirus and it is up to date, make sure your servers and your client computers are all up to date. Ensure you use strong passwords and minimal network shares. If you have images and copies of your software and data backups you are on your way to being prepared for when the next generation of conficker worm or it's equivalent comes looking for trouble.
If your computer is infected with the XP antispyware virus and you have already tried to remove it you probably know by now how hard it is to get rid of it. Each time you think you have been able to remove the XP antispyware virus and you restart your computer it comes back again within a few minutes. One problem with this malicious software is that it is constantly updated and each time a solution is provided to remove it the criminal who write this update it again.If you are infected with this malware and have been banging your head on the wall in frustration you can still get rid of it without having to wipe everything off your hard drive and reinstall windows.What can you do to remove the XP antispyware virus from your PC?#1 Disable system restore on your computer. Some variants of this malware will hide in the area used by your system restore software and keep regenerating each time you remove it. To do this go to start on the start menu then all programs then accessories and system tools and in that folder click on system restore. Once it opens disable it.#2 Restart your computer in safe mode so you can remove the XP antispyware virus. This malware actively prevents any software or antivirus that can stop it or remove it from working. If you have already tried to run your antivirus software you will have a warning saying it is infected with a virus and it will not run. The only way to get round this is to start your PC in safe mode by restarting it and pressing the F8 key on your keyboard until you see a menu screen appear. Once you see this menu select safe mode with networking.#3 Download a system and registry scanner from the internet and install it. If you have an antivirus software on your PC run a full system scan while in safe mode. Do not restart your computer at all. When the scan has finished and any malicious entries removed run a full scan with the system and registry scanner. This will find hidden malware in windows and in the registry. This step will help you to get rid of the XP antispyware virus from your PC.#4 Once you have done this restart your computer. When it restarts it should be rid of the malware. When you are certain it is re enable the windows system restore utility using the same steps as you took to disable it. Once you have done this you will have been able to remove the XP antispyware virus from your computer for good.
Is your computer hit by some kind of cyber virus? Have you found your computer frequently crashed down or run slower and slower? Wondering why your computer is acting so weird after you installed some free software? As a primary computer user, maybe you are feeling headache with the problem of your computer, but please don't worry because reading this article will help you understand virus better. A general instruction of cyber virus Virus is a computer program designed by intentional cyber hackers that can sneak into user's computer and infect other programs by modifying them in such a way as to include a copy of itself. It's a kind of code that damage or erase data, files, or software programs in your computer. Virus can reproduce and spread itself through Internet when users download infected file or click on malicious code on illegal sites or pages. Once the virus is embedded into your computer, it will immediately start to damage or destroy your system and mess up your computer. What's worse, it can be controlled by the hackers remotely so that it has the ability to steal your personal information or confidential data and then transfer them to the hackers behind for illegal purpose. The common categories of cyber viruses 1). Screen locking malware This kind of malware usually locks your computer immediately once they get in. What you see is that your computer screen has been totally occupied by a page pretending to be warning from local police department of government and with a scaring message stating your online activities have been detected as illegal movements thus you need to follow its instruction which guides you send a certain payment of fine by online transfer otherwise you will face a serious law issue then probably be put in jail really soon and your computer will continue to be locked until the payment is done. If you have been the one to believe this notice is from real government department and actually have paid the fine, I may say you have unfortunately became a fool to believe such a scam malware because this scaring message from so-called local department of police is definitely a scam aiming at robbing money as much as possible from timid people who has a guilty conscience. I bet you still can't get your computer unlock even you have paid the fine online. The most typical one is the Fake FBI virus which is rather popular all over the world recently, for more information about it please click here. Hackers created and updated them all the time to acquire their dirty money and achieve their immoral targets. 2). Trojan horse virus Trojan horse virus, usually is called Trojans for short, is defined as a type of virus that masquerades as a system file or helpful program with the purpose of granting a hacker unauthorized access to a computer. It's one kind of really tough and nasty virus that can cause critical damage to your computer. This kind of virus acts rather trickily in your computer and it's very difficult to be found out and removed from the system. One typical feature that departs it from normal computer virus is that Trojan virus does not attempt to inject themselves into other files like a computer virus. Trojan horses can make copies of themselves, steal information, or harm their host computer systems. Many Trojan viruses rely on drive-by downloads or install via online games or internet driven applications in order to reach target computers. Once your computer is infected by Trojan virus, it will attack your programs and files, block the internet visit, and make your system crash down. So this virus should be removed immediately before it wreaks chaos. Definitely it will bring nightmare to computer users who have unfortunately got this devil within their computers. 3). Fake antivirus This kind of virus is recognized as a horrible fake antivirus that pretends to scan your computer thoroughly acting like an authentic and powerful anti-virus software. Usually the interface of this fake program is just similar to the real anti-virus program. It aims at luring computer victims to purchase its full version which is definitely a scam. Once the fake program is installed, the virus can update itself and invade your computer deeply with other threats such as malware and spyware. After scanning, the rogue program displays that your computer maintains many virus infected items needed to be deleted soon. In fact, all fake security warnings are just false information that cheats unknown users for their money. The fake security program is a malware infection itself, so even the full edition of the fake program is never possible to detect and remove any type of computer viruses and other security threats. Don't ever trust such a fake security scanning program which is designed to attack your computer and violate your privacy aggressively. The virus can records your computer data and browser history to gather your precious information for remote hackers by design. In such an urgent situation, you need to uninstall such a nasty rogue program completely and promptly. Some tips to help you protect your computer from virus infection 1???Be cautious when clicking unknown links from sites that you are not familiar with because it can point your browser to download threats or visit malicious web site. 2???Do not download unknown free software or shareware that have not been widely proven to be trustful. 3???Avoid opening unknown attachments from spam emails because it may contain Trojan virus or other malicious programs. 4???Update your Windows system in time or else your system will be vulnerable. 5) Keep the firewall defender running so it can protect your system to some extent. 6) Make sure there is a password protecting your WIFI network which can help to avoid hacker's attack.
You've no doubt read various reviews before from software companies touting their latest and greatest Windows registry repair tools but maybe give Reimage a little more time than just a passing glance the next time your PC starts playing up.Why? Because Reimage is a very different type of Windows repair program, in fact there is nothing else around quite like it!Reimage offers an online repair of your Windows PC operating system but without affecting any of your data, installed programs, email etc.It will identify and remove spam, Trojans, viruses and completely replace any damaged Windows system files with new Windows components from its own collection of up to date reference files stored in a central online location.It does not require you to have your Windows installation disk or license key to hand when performing a repair, all it requires is a PC running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, a broadband Internet connection and to complete the repair, a Reimage license key.A free scan tool is available allowing you to do a quick analysis of your PCs present condition detailing the state of your PC and areas of concern such as recent crashes, viruses, lack of memory or hard disk drive space, missing DLLs etc.If you decide to give Reimage a try you can do so safe in the knowledge that they offer a 30 day money back guarantee and there is a facility to undo any changes should you so desire.During a repair of your PC, Reimage will repair any damage caused by Trojans, spyware and viruses and eradicate any adware, spyware, key loggers, pop-ups etc. which all cause your PC to perform poorly and make time spent with your computer a slow and painful one.Reimage offers a fast, fully automated professional repair that is even used by the professionals as a highly effective repair device to increase profits and turnaround time.One major benefit that you should consider when weighing up whether or not to give Reimage a try - this software will actually repair the damage done to a PC by a virus unlike other anti-virus software which will remove the virus but won't correct the damage that has already been done.Running the program is simplicity itself - all you have to do is opt for a free scan, let Reimage do its analysing and then enter your purchased license key to let Reimage complete its repair.Now, we should also mention what Reimage will not fix.It cannot fix any hardware related issues but it will inform you of any recommendations regarding your PCs memory and hard disk space and alerting you to CPU temperature etc.Also remember that Reimage is a Windows operating system repair tool and will not correct problems associated with any other installed third party programs.
In our work we often come up with a question like how does a virus will affect your computer performance? Viruses carry a lot of negative effects for a computer and these effects can even lead to a crash down of the entire system of a computer thus leaving it useless for future use.Virus infections can be termed as one of most dangerous situations regarding computers and in business sector it can be considered as a nightmare. Viruses are the most threatening and most feared aspect in cyber world and there are numerous reasons to this.One of the effects of a virus on computer performance can be realized when a file that you have tried to open has stopped responding to your mouse clicks? There cannot be an obvious and apparent reason for not opening up of the file that had been saved correctly by the user, but a computer professional will definitely come to know that this is a result of virus infection in computer and it will not work until the system has been cleaned up from the virus infection.A virus affects the computer in many other ways and the extent of damage to the computer depends upon the type of virus that a computer has been infected with. Once talking of the basic virus and their effects, we must bear in mind that foremost effect on computer is its reduced performance. Viruses infect program files of the computer which in turn cause a missing link while the computer tries to operate.At times data on the systems starts disappearing and it causes extreme danger for the user personal information. A User will feel helpless in such a situation until and unless he looks for a reliable antivirus. System free memory is reduced by the virus thus leaving the system with very less operating resources. It can also happen that the user is even unable to delete old data or store some new data on his system.Those who maintain their important official work on their systems and do not keep a proper back up with them must remain very much vigilant for any signs of an infected file. This is a huge risk and it demands that the user must get his files and data protected by using a registered antivirus.Mostly we come across a situation of getting wrong properties of a file or folder. The file has been infected by the virus and it will not open up the data unless it is cleaned from the virus.How does a virus will affect your computer performance is dependent on the kind of virus that has infected the system and precautionary measures that have been taken by the user. There is no virus that cannot be treated but it requires a well developed antivirus to be active and ready to identify infected files attacking the system.
Malware that has become common these days is often confused with other forms of internet threats. Usually malware is a malicious threat in the form of software or program that can render the computer unusable. This sounds absolutely fine while looking at it casually, but by getting closer you will find its three sub groups known as viruses, adware and spyware. These threats are basically distinguished by the way in which they inflict and spread.By getting to know about these threats you can easily construe the meaning of malware and understand the entire thing because of which these programs can be labeled as malware.VirusesViruses are the most used term to describe online threats for your computer and everyone is aware of these. Viruses are authored mainly by cyber offenders to harm your computer, multiplying itself and taking away the control of your system. Viruses can harm your PC as these can deceitfully attach themselves to benign files to get into the system without your knowledge. Viruses can also affect as worm that is known for its quick replication. So viruses, Trojans, worms all are malware but not all malware are viruses.Computer viruses refer to discrete programs that infect certain executable software and spreads to other software in case they are run. It is highly probable that viruses contain a payload that often performs other malicious actions that you cannot see.SpywareMost of us are acquainted with the term "spying" from which the name spyware is inspired. Spyware is a malware species that observes and reports about it to cyber criminals. They make a log about your activities without letting you know anything about their presence. They are designed to capture your keystroke, every mouse movement and the websites that you visit. Thus they cause huge damage to the host computer.AdwareSpyware is another sub group of malware that is in the first place very annoying as it appears through pop ups during web browsing. These pop ups are meant to redirect you to a different website containing the malicious agents. Adware refers to those unwanted applications that get installed on your system without your consent.What labels a program as malware?You can say that it is the purpose or intent of the program that defines its category. If a program has malicious ends then it as a malware. Moreover, if a program is made to perform deceitful tasks like stealing your data, corrupting your program files and monitoring of your activities then it is certainly a malware. Malware is highly annoying and is purposed to expose your vital data as well as privacy. It is therefore essential to get your PC protected with an updated antivirus software or end point security system.