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5 types of computer virus

With security threats in the form of computer malware and viruses increasing over the past few years, it is important to understand the types of computer viruses and how to avoid becoming a victim of a cyber attack.

Firstly, what is malware? What is computer hacking?

Malware is short for malicious software. It is software developed by cyber attackers with the intention of gaining access or causing damage to a computer or network. This often occurs whilst the victim remains oblivious to the fact there’s been a compromise. A common alternative description of malware is ‘computer virus’ or ‘computer hacking’.

 

5 common types of malware and computer viruses

1- Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that demands a ransom for holding a computer captive. It will lock down or encrypt your files and computer until a demanded fee is paid. It is spread through downloaded documents from email or websites and will reach you by vulnerabilities within the network.

2- Virus

Works in the same way as a human virus and it makes your computer very sick.  A virus replicates and spreads to other computers by attaching itself onto documents and files.  It does this by implementing a code when you open the infected file. This results in stolen information and network and computer harm which results in financial and reputational damage.

3- Adware

Adware works by displaying advertisements on your computer including pop up ads and advertisements to specific websites and software. Displayed in the form of software or applications offered free to the user.  Clicked on they can be used to steal information and personal data, as well as to generate revenue.

4- Spyware

Spyware works by recording your activity on a computer without your knowledge.  It will collect your personal information such as banking information and passwords.  Spyware will monitor your activity to pass onto potential fraudsters. You can find it in software vulnerabilities and it is attached to Adware.

5- Trojan Horse

Commonly known as a Trojan this malware disguises itself as a legitimate application or software and tricks you to download or open it. Once opened the malicious file will give remote access to a third party.  They will use this to steal your personal data such as banking information and passwords. It can change settings or files on your computer, download malicious software and watch your computer activity.

 

How to protect your website and make it safe?

It is important that your website stays clear of these types of malware and viruses and that it is protected and healthy all year round. Don’t become a victim!

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