Viruses and Malware Are Not Only Becoming More Common, The Line Between Them is Blurring
I can count on one hand the number of Windows based PCs (Desktops or Laptops) that didn’t at least have some form of Malware, usually at least a few different types. Almost everyone running windows has some form of advertising (Adware and Spyware – both types of Malware) on their system. The problem is, Malware like this is usually has the same level of access to your system as a Virus and there are more and more cases of software being designed to behave like Malware in the beginning and morph into something more resembling a virus the long it remains on your machine. The rates of infection on Macs have also skyrocketed in the last two years (partly because they were coming off very low rates), for a number of reasons. The two most common being that Apple are selling more Computers (laptops in particular) and secondarily, they offer the best access to attack the iPhone that usually accompanies the Mac (very few Mac owners use Android phones).
Either way, if you suspect something is not quite right from a slow down, to suspicious ‘warnings’ that end up trying to sell you the ‘cure’ in the form of (usually fake) óff-brand software.
I would estimate that in over 80% of jobs involving malware and viruses, I backup format and install a fresh copy of the Operating System (Windows, OS X etc). I then install the right software protections and security settings. Prevention is key and you can dramatically reduce your risk. This process has the added bonus of leaving the computer running much faster, as the hard drive has been formatted. Bottom line – don’t take chances with Malware and of course viruses. It doesn’t cost much to get your computer cleaned out, running faster and with the proper preventative measures set up.
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