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Malware 101

What is malware?

Malware is any kind of program running on your computer that you do not want.  This includes programs that create unwanted ads and pop-ups (adware); that can monitor your activity and steal your data (spyware); or that can lock you out of your machine (ransomware).  Malware of any kind can cause damage to your computer and the data stored on it.

What happens to me if I am infected with malware?

Malware can simply be annoying, creating unwanted pop-up windows and redirecting your web browsing to advertising sites.  However, it can also do damage to your computer. Malware can prevent your computer from receiving important security updates, or can make it impossible to use certain applications you may need at your workplace.  In the worst cases, it can even lock you out of your computer entirely, or steal important personal or business information like credit cards, social security numbers, passwords, or other information you enter into your computer.

How do I get rid of all my malware? An antivirus program is only able to scan for some malware. To ensure you can get rid of most of your malware, users should install and use Malwarebytes to scan for malware. If you use the free version, you scan and run updates yourself. If you purchase Malwarebytes premium, the program will run updates and scans automatically.

Tech Lab can help you look at the security of your computer so you know you are safe online. Call us today (414-208-4682) to run scans for you, help you purchase Malwarebytes premium, or check your security levels.

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