January 22, 2011

Symptoms Of Malware

Malware is the short form of malicious software, is a software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's consent or knowledge. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software or program that will


Symptoms :


Toolbars:
         If you notice an unknown tool bar or unknown object appears in the tool bar area of your browser. You should suspect that some adware or other malware has infected your computer. Some tool bars are added by the trusted software which you might have installed yourself. Most software program gives you an option to install or not install a new tool bar, but some of them hide this option in the place that is not easily noticeable. Some tool bars are not infections or dangeroues, if you want them for the convenient access to the corresponding functions. But the malware or adware installs the tool bar for the purpose of showing advertisement or directing you to the malicious web sites.

Pop-Ups:
      When you notice that you have excessive pop up windows and they show advertisement of unrelated things, your personal computer may be infected by some form of malware. Sometimes, the pop up windows is deceptive and it uses the fake "OK" or "Cancel" button to actually download advertisement or malicious contents into your computer.

Search Engine Hijacking:
       If you find that your home page or search engine is hijacked or redirected to an unfamiliar site. It is a clear indication that your computer is already infected by some malware.

System Crashes:
       If your computer crashes randomly without reason, it is a sign that the malware which has infected and modified the system parameters of your computer and has made it unstable.

Scareware:
Blue Screen of Death Scareware is a new scareware variant which exploits the pit-of-the-stomach feeling that accompanies the Windows Blue Screen of Death. The malware displays what appears exactly the same message that we see on the Windows blue screen of death along with an alert window urging users to download software to fix the alleged problem. The phony anti-virus package is called System Security.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is advisable to run the complete virus scan using your instaled anti-virus software. In addition, you should run the malware (spyware/adware) scan software.

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