When we think about computer viruses, we tend to lump any malware into the “virus” category. Malicious software, malicious computer code and hackers attempt to disable our systems or steal our personal information in many ways. Let’s look at all the different types of malicious things that attempt to hack our computers in one way or another. The term computer viruses encompasses many types of malware designed to cause issues with our computer systems.
Computer viruses are programs or pieces of code capable of copying themselves, and are usually detrimental to your computer system. Computer viruses are capable of corrupting your system or destroying data. They are typically loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and run without your permission.
Short for malicious software, it is any software used to gain access to private computer systems, gather sensitive info, or disrupt computer operation. It is intended to damage or disable computer systems.
Software intended to gather sensitive or personal information from your computer by transmitting this information to another location without the user’s knowledge. This is sometimes called tracking software because it can track computer activity.
This malicious software can be the most disturbing to a user. A hacker accesses your computer and basically locks it down showing a single screen demanding payment to unlock your now locked computer system. The user cannot close the window, access the task bar, open other files, open your DVD drive, or do anything else on their computer. Recent “famous” ransomware: CryptoLocker and TeslaCrypt.
This technique to gather your personal/sensitive information like financial records, online login credentials, or credit card access is typically gathered through emails. Hackers send emails posing as your bank, your credit card company, or other financial entities and asks you to click a link and enter your login information or account numbers and passwords. This gives the hacker access to your personal financial data where they can steal from you. It is recommended that you never click on links within emails or download/open attachments to emails from unknown senders. Remember: your bank, credit card company, or other online businesses will never ask you to give them your login credentials or your account information. If you are unsure, pick up the phone and call them or go directly to their site without using email links to log in to see if you have outstanding messages.
Hacked Email Accounts
Other ways that hackers attempt to perform malicious acts using our computers is by gaining the password to our email accounts so they can send out multiple emails to your address book in an attempt to either sell something, pass something on that is malicious, or gain access to other people’s personal/sensitive information under the guise of being you. If your friends and family start asking you about mysterious emails they received from you, log in and change your password immediately because if you didn’t send the emails, someone has access to your email account.
Having trouble with these or other computer issues? Friendly Computers has removed hundreds of thousands of viruses and malware from local computers, laptops, servers and networks since 2006. Even with anti-virus software installed on our computers, we can still fall victim to hackers. Hundreds of new viruses and malware are created daily so no single anti-virus software can keep up. Even with the anti-virus software installed, it is essential to have it configured properly, updated regularly, and actually scanning your computer routinely. Our technicians are virus removal experts so give us a call today: 281-554-5500! We can help with virus removal, protection, and prevention in your home or office now.