Malicious programs can seriously damage computer devices and they can attack your devices even if you have efficient antivirus. If you are not updating your malware protection 2020 software or forget about complex protection of your devices you still can suffer a malicious infection.
What do you need to know about rogue programs?
Virus is rogue software created by scammers. The purpose of the first viruses was self affirmation of their creators and they only tried to damage any computer they could reach. Today, however, rogue programs are meant to steal your personal information or access to banking account.
In order to protect computer from malicious software you need to understand how viruses work. The basic targets of malicious software are attacking the user’s computer, protect itself from detection and removal and complete destructive actions.
Successful malware protection depends in particular on the type of virus that is attacking your computer. Below are the most widely spread types of viruses that can attack your computer:
- File infector virus: It infects other files and programs by adding its program code. Then, when user runs infected program or file the rogue code initiates the destruction. If virus damages system files the damaging code runs automatically every time you turn your computer on.
- Warm: Warm is a self propagating virus. After it successfully attacks user’s computer warm starts replicating, adds its copies to different files with different names, which makes it extremely hard to remove it. Warms are also capable of replicating through the network, emailing its copies, and sending them via messengers.
- Multipartite virus: Some viruses delete or hide files and folders on the computer and substitute them with malicious files under the same name. User tries to run them and launches damaging code. These types of viruses may be found on USB flash drives.
- Trojan horse: These viruses don’t infect other files, rather they create own files on the computer. Far too often these files are hidden in the system folders, disguise as the system files and run every time user turns the computer on. Their identification is complicated because their actions are similar to the work of other programs, that also add their files to the system and run simultaneously with the computer.
- Stealth malware: Some viruses disguise as useful and legitimate programs that are supposed to upload files from the Internet, improve computer performance and even provide anti malware protection. User downloads the program and uses it unsuspicious of it «additional» capabilities. Scammers use these viruses to force users to pay them money. Say, stealth antivirus or system error detection program detects nonexistent viruses or computer errors, and offers to remove some of them for free, while others – after user purchases new version of the program or after the message sent. Classic scam.
Users have to be cautious these days. Use reliable malware protection, don’t forget to update it regularly and make sure you don’t download any programs that raise a red flag.