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The Complete Malware Prevention, Protection, and Removal Guide

This guide arms you with just about everything you need to prevent, protect, and remove viruses, spyware, adware, worms, and trojan horses.

What is Malware?

Malware is software that's designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without your consent. Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Worms, and Trojan Horses are all considered Malware.

Below is a short explanation of each type of Malware.

Virus: A self-replicating computer program that spreads by inserting copies of itself into other executable code or documents. A computer virus is very similar to a biological virus. Once your computer is infected with a virus it runs within the file it was injected in and can cause damage to your computer in many ways.

True viruses are actually starting to become rare. Spyware, adware, worms, and trojans are taking their place.

Spyware: Software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer without informed consent from the computer user. Spyware takes note of what you do on your computer, the websites you visit, your passwords, and reports that information to its maker.

Spyware it the type of Malware that slows your computer down and makes it unstable. This happens because spyware takes a lot of computing power to run and monitor what you're doing.

Adware: Simply shows popup ads on your computer. It usually doesn't hurt your computer much but its sure annoying.

Worm: Is similar to a virus. The only difference is it doesn't need to be injected into an executable file for it to run. A worm is self-contained and will run on its own. A worm takes up your internet bandwidth. It takes up bandwidth because it sends copies of itself to other computers across a network or the internet.

Worms also use your computer to hurt other computers by using your computer to attack other computers with DOS attacks.

Trojan horse: A malicious program that is disguised as or embedded with legitimate software. Trojans are usually spread with free software and peer-to- peer (file sharing software). Trojans are used to get Malware in your computer.

Ransom Ware: This is a new but very devastating version of Malware. Ransom Ware locks files like your digital photos, videos, and Word Documents. It leaves you a message asking you to pay a specified amount of money for the key to unlock the files.

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