The first thing you should do after buying a new computer is to properly set up its security and protection. In today’s information age, we all have different kinds of valuable information stored on our computers. Business users might have their work related documents and many sensitive information regarding bank accounts. Other users can also have some private information stored, which you certainly don’t want to be exploited by someone else.
During the last decade, we’ve witnessed how computers evolved and how they became essential part of our everyday life. It’s almost completely unimaginable not to use computer for your work, storing your precious digital memories or staying in touch with your friends and family.
Just as the computers evolved, many different kinds of malware also evolved. Malware is a piece of harmful software whose mission is to infect your system and damage it in many different ways. Some malware can cause damage to your operating system, while others can collect your sensitive information and forward them to their host.
There is no 100% effective way to keep out all the possible malicious files, so you should still take some steps in order to protect your computer. The most important one is to purchase the right antivirus.
Antivirus that will work for you should be a piece of software which will thoroughly and actively scan all your computer activity. It’s always a good idea to get to know your habits as the computer user before you going out and buying an antivirus. You will want to make sure that you’re protected while surfing the web, downloading a bunch of different files, using instant messaging applications and checking your e-mail with one of the numbers popular e-mail clients.
When we speak about malware, you should know that there are many different kinds of harmful software and malicious codes. Actually, one of the most active during the previous year was called Alureon. This is actually a Trojan and bootkit whose mission is to intercept your computer’s network traffic in order to collect your usernames, passwords and financial information. This is actually one of the biggest threats on the Internet today and it was first created in 2006, so it constantly evolves.
You might be asking yourself what are Trojans and bootkits and as well as why are they so harmful? A Trojan horse (commonly referred to as Trojan) is a very small piece of software made to collect sensitive information. It can also allow its creator to gain control of your computer where it can perform various harmful operations.
A bootkit is a very serious malware that infects the very base of your system. It’s very hard to locate and delete it. Many users are completely unaware that they are infected, since antivirus usually don’t recognize this kind of malware until the point they experience strange behavior of their computers or even complete damage.
Malware which are combination of Trojan and bootkits can be very harmful and can be extremely hard to remove. If you experience strange behavior of your computer and if your antivirus tells you that you are not infected, you might want to get some help from the professional who will determine the exact type of malware infection.