If you’ve been infected with malware on your computer, and you’re wondering what you can do about it, this article will help…
There are plenty of programs to download and install these days to deal with all sorts of bugs that have invaded your computer. Malware programs are becoming more and more sophisticated and dangerous too. They can sneak into your computer via a variety of free downloads and worms that can inch their way inside your hard drive without you knowing it.
When you look for programs to get rid of the Malware that has invaded your computer, you’ll find programs that say they can get rid of the Malware. But these programs usually warn you that once you download and install the program, your computer will be infected again with the Malware.
Let me tell you something else about these programs. These programs that claim to get rid of Malware are usually scams. Here’s why. Once you download and install the program, you’ll usually see several infections on your computer. You’ll see what I mean when you check your program files more carefully. The truth is that these spyware programs copy themselves in such a way that they can hide themselves even from the removal programs that you’ve downloaded and installed.
It gets worse. The bigger the name and the more popular the program, the more likelihood you’ll find yourself bombarded by pop-ups howling Malware alerts. How polite! Do nothing about it and hope it goes away. Unfortunately, this is the New York Times and the FBI alerts you to these nasty infections.
What you can do about it is common sense. Are you downloading music or software from the Internet? Avoid it 99% of the time. It’s the only way to get infected. When you download freeware or shareware, most of it is infected with Malware.
Your computer can pick up spyware at incredible speed. It can be sitting in your disk fine-standing waiting to be executed. But the spyware is non-stop running in the background, consuming your computer’s resources.
Pop-up ads will fill your screen and there will be a constant stream of pop-ups warning you about a particular or unknown infection. Sometimes they will tell you that your computer is infected and that the only way you can save yourself is to install a certain application. Don’t do it! Don’t let the pop-ups hand over your computer to your friends without your knowledge.
Step 1: Next, you need a good anti-spyware program. You can get one for free or you can buy some. Don’t settle for a free product. Like Norton’s Norton Antivirus or McAfee’s anti-virus software, a free program will not be able to detect as many threats as a bought-up product.
Step 3: Make sure that the anti-spyware program you’ve chosen is able to be updated on a regular basis. Updating is absolutely CRITICAL if you want the software to help you fight back against new types of Malware.
Step 3: Now you’ve got to train your eye to look for the little red devices on your computer. They’re called adware and spyware. If you see anything of the sort of devices, your anti-spyware program needs to go on a dangerous-list status. Once it’s on the danger list, you should immediately run your existing anti-spyware program.
But before you do anything else, be sure to scan your computer first.
To do that, click once gently on the Computer option in your System Preferences. Choose scan and do a deep scan of your hard drive. When the scan is done, a list of files that the scan found will appear. Now you can delete them all. Or, if you want, you can choose to clean the affected files. Click on the clean button and they will be erased.
But before you can clean them, you’ll need to think about how the spyware got in to your computer. Some of them got downloaded by your web browser automatically, while others got downloaded through your e-mail. Only the ones downloaded from your recommended sites will cause problems, so make sure your list of trusted sites is short.
Next, you’ll want to make sure your computer is set to allow spyware to be installed and run on start-up. When you do that, you’ll have the ability to remove any problems that arise.
Some problems, however, cannot be addressed until you first delete your problem. So violate your firewall, do a clean install of your anti-spyware program, then report back to this article so I can fix it. I promise I will.