If you are one of those who spend most of the day online, you know how important is to keep your PC protected against malware. But what actually is malware and which types of malware exist?
Malware can take different forms but in its definition it is a malicious software or piece of code that is designed to harm your computer or get to your personal data. Most often malware spread in form of trojan horses, computer worms, viruses, spyware or adware.
Each malware threat is specific and presents itself in various manners. While a trojan horse will be completely silent and hardly recognized on PC, Adware will be obtrusively showing you unwanted pop-up windows.
How does a malware spread?
Malware is often hidden in email attachments, free games, sites with free license key to software or pirated content. It might look like harmless picture attached to the email from your friend but once you execute this file, malware spreads also to your contacts sending unwanted emails on your behalf.
How do you get rid of malware on your computer?
The best way to remove malware is to install an anti-malware software. If you have scanned your PC with antivirus or antimalware and it shows that your PC is infected, it will often propose a solution based on a threat. Infected files are usually moved to quarantine where they can’t cause a harm to your PC anymore.
The best way how to avoid any malware is to use an updated antivirus or anti-malware software and update all your programs regularly. Most of the antivirus software offer also automatic updates of your PC so you can be sure everything is up-to-date. Stay safe!