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Malware Prevention

Malware

  

What is malware?

Malware is a term that is used for malicious software that is designed to do damage or unwanted actions to a computer system. Examples of malware include the following:

  • Viruses
  • Worms
  • Trojan horses
  • Spyware
  • Rogue security software


How to remove malware such as a virus, spyware, or rogue security software

Removing a computer virus or spyware can be difficult without the help of malicious software removal tools. Some computer viruses and other unwanted software reinstall themselves after the viruses and spyware are detected and removed. Fortunately, by updating the computer and by using malicious software removal tools, you can help permanently remove unwanted software.

Don't be tricked into downloading malware

Here are some tips that can help protect you from downloading software that you don't want:

  • Only download programs from websites that you trust. If you're not sure whether to trust a program that you want to download, enter the name of the program into your favorite search engine to see whether anyone else has reported that it contains spyware.
  • Read all security warnings, license agreements, and privacy statements that are associated with any software that you download.
  • Never click "Agree" or "OK" to close a window that you suspect might be spyware. Instead, click the red "x" in the corner of the window or press Alt + F4 on your keyboard to close a window.
  • Be wary of popular "free" music and movie file-sharing programs, and make sure that you understand all the software packaged with those programs.
  • Use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.