How Should I Protect My Windows PC From Malware And Viruses?
Jack Schofield’s article for The Guardian Viruses is in response to a reader’s question. Nevertheless, what he has to say on anti-virus software can be generalised to all PC computers on a Windows OS. What is malware? It a term used in the industry for malicious software. Essentially, it’s any type of software which ends up on your computer which you don’t want, doing things which you don’t want your computer doing. It can be as benign as adware, which puts advertisements into your online web browsing to truly malicious, such as monitoring your keystrokes when you enter passwords into accounts or locking your computer’s files unless you pay a ransom in bitcoins to retrieve the use of your files. But are the current anti-malware products effective? Today’s hackers are more sophisticated and professional, and the latest hacking technology is available soon after anti-hacking programmes are created. Perhaps damage can be reduced, and as an end-user, it is perhaps a reasonable goal.
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