Beginners Guide to Malware
Malware is any malicious software purposefully created to harm a computer system, a user, server, or network. There are a wide range of different malware types, including worms, Trojan horses, malware-infected programs, encryption/decryption programs, wallet traders, dealers, and viruses. Some malware can be developed internally at various companies, but in most cases external sources to develop malware for users and use them to conduct illegal activities. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines Malware is any software application that harms a computer without the permission or knowledge of the user.
In addition, malware can be software programmed to do deceptive things such as blocking access to a networked computer system or monitoring Internet activity. Worms may be used to distribute worms that can easily be delivered to other computers on the same network. Malware programs, on the other hand, can be developed by a third party that loads them onto a victim’s computer system. Malware may also be developed by computer hackers with the intention of stealing personal information or confidential business information.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does not classify Malware as harmful… yet. They have some concerns about the emerging definition of Malware because some terms like “malware” and “worm” are vague. The New York Times has recently published an article that attempts to redefine Malware as “… software applications that can copy data from a computer without owner consent and sell it to advertisers.” Well, I’d like to tell you something about that article. If that reference is an example of Malware, then that article is definitely a step closer to being a definition of Malware as “unauthorized access to a computer.”
Some companies do use “malware” in their name when they are just stating a fact as to what their products will do. Malware detection tools work well in identifying various definitions of Malware because they are all part of the same family. You might not think that malware include viruses… but the truth is that viruses are a part of Malware. Therefore, malware includes spyware and adware. You might be confused, so let me clear things up for you:
Okay… so what is Malware exactly?
Malware is commonly defined as “A set of programs, files, messages, or code that harms the performance of a system”. That is a pretty good definition, but what exactly is Malware? Well the most common types of Malware are Spyware (which is the most common type of Malware), Virus, Adware, and Trojan.
There are many other common types of Malware that occur on the Internet. One of the most common types of Malware that occurs online is Malware warts. Yes, I’m sure you’ve run into this definition before, it’s in many of your favorite movies. Malware warts are typically warts that have come along with some sort of virus. They are also known as Antivirus viruses, due to the way that they usually install a piece of software which then infects your computer.
Now, let’s talk about the most common type of Malware… Malware infections that infect networks. An example of a network infection is when a “Spyware” program (that’s what we’re talking about above) is installed on your computer. Once the “Spyware” has been installed, it begins to monitor your activities online, and report everything it finds to whoever you give access to your network. This “Spyware” is one of the more popular forms of Malware infections and can typically infect any number of devices such as webcams, wireless access points, pagers, phones… you get the picture. If you don’t want to become another victim of a Malware infection like this, it’s best that you stay well protected from these infections by using good Malware detection tools on a regular basis.
So how does one protect themselves from Malware infections?
First of all, if you use your computers or mobile devices to browse the internet, you need to make sure that you have an updated antivirus program on your device. This will not only help keep your machine clean of malicious software but will also keep your devices protected from malicious software itself.
- You also need to make sure that you only download programs from trusted websites.
- Don’t trust everything that you see and definitely don’t download programs from sites you’ve never heard of.
- Malicious software infections are rampant throughout the internet today, and it would be a great pity if your computer were to acquire one.