Definition of Malware.
Malware is an expression we’ve been hearing a great deal of late. We know it’s irritating and not something we need but rather a great many people don’t know precisely what it is. Malware is short for Malicious Software and the term is utilized to depict a great deal of dangers on the web, Landscape, Viruses, Trojans, Bots, things that terrible folks use to botch up your day. They might attempt to take assets from your PC or endeavoring to take from you. They can run from marginally irritating to exceptionally unsafe.
Today we will talk about:
- Different types of Malware.
- How we get them?
- Learn how we can avoid them?
- How to remove Malware from your device?
But first let’s talk about where they come from? Obviously since the term malicious is part of Malware there is some bad guys behind it and these bad guys want their malicious software on your machine often they are referred to as Hackers. But first let’s take a moment to talk about a hacker. Read More About Hackers…
Different Types of Malware
First, not all Malware’s are destructive but it can cause very annoying behavior like generating a bunch of pop-up ads or can cause your computer to run very slowly. These types of programs are not classified as Malware, they are known as Potentially Unwanted Applications or PUA’s which can come bundled in legitimate software programs as a package. These programs can negatively affect a computer and can even introduce other security risks or get you to buy something that you just don’t need.
Then there is Adware this is a software that displays unwanted advertising on a computer or mobile device usually in the form of pop-up ads or they may redirect your browser to a certain website. Well it usually doesn’t cause any direct harm to the user’s device but it can be very annoying. Annoying behavior that can sometimes contain Spyware as well.
Something almost like an Adware is a Browser Hijacker. Hijacking a browser means that malicious software has redirected your computer’s browser to a different website, generally used to display advertising it can be used to generate visits to a certain website or lead you to a malicious website that will download malware on to your computer and that’s where things can go from annoying to awful. And speaking of awful let’s take a look at the real bad guys of the Malware world, these are the ones you really have to watch out for. First let’s take a look at Spyware, this Malware is designed to do exactly what it sounds like, Spy. It hides on your computer and monitors everything you do. They can track web activity, access email and even steal your user name and password.
Next is Ransomware, we have been hearing a lot about this one lately and for good reason, with Ransomwaresomeone can lockup your computer and holding it hostage and forcing you to pay a lot of money just to get your files back. This little guy is the great reason to regularly backup the important things on your computer. And then there is Worms, a computer Worms main objective is to spread as many copies of itself in any way possible from computer to computer. A Worm can replicate itself without any human interaction and it doesn’t need to attach itself to a program in order to cause damage. Worms can modify and delete files and even inject additional Malwareon to the computer.
Another form of Malware we have heard before is a Trojan Horse much like the famous one from Roman history. These bits of Malware hide and what looks like a harmless software. Let’s look at a few, a Banking Trojan is a Malware that hides on your machine and gets in the middle of the conversation you’re having with your bank, it can steal the passwords to your bank account, it can make you think that you are talking to your bank and get you to hand over personal information even your pin number, but in the end, it steals your money, they can empty your bank account.
Then we have Backdoor Trojans, these will look to create a backdoor on a user’s computer allowing the attacker to access the machine in order to get control of it, upload stolen data and even download more Malware onto the computer. The downloaded Trojan can get onto your computer and then download any type of information the attacker wants including more Malware and information stealer has one main objective, steal data from the infected computer. Another is a Remote Access Trojan. This Malware is designed to give the attacker the full control over your computer and last Trojan we will talk about DDOS attack, that’s a DDOS attack Trojan. The DDOS stands for Distributed Denial of Service and it’s designed to take down entire network by flooding it with traffic.