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Malware is an unwanted potentially danger programs written specifically to disable or damage a computing machine. Malware is malicious software that seeks the access of the user’s computer without their consent. Owners may not know when and how they get a malware infection in their computer, but they may detect the presence of it if their device start showing various irrelevant ads and performing slow.

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Malware are of multiple types like spyware, worms or viruses, keyloggers, but their intent is just to disorganize everything and mess with the operating system in order to get access to your information to perform identity theft and similar activities. Today, malware is being used as a powerful weapon to garner a huge amount of money for the cybercriminals. Cybercriminals impose these infections on the computer users and trade on for making profits.

Malware attack shows a lot of popup ads on the user computer, track user’s browsing habits, steal confidential information like bank account details and passcode of net banking, spread email spam to you entire contact list etc. Malware program developers are so smart that they bundle their infections with other software without disclosing its identity. Once they are able of getting in user’s machine, they embed themselves into your operating system and stay there until you don’t get rid of them.

How Malware Gets In               

Attackers trade on the weak links and target those devices that are more vulnerable when a computer user tries to install any application online. Often, they attach their malware programs with the free applications and keep its identity hidden. If just take a click on bad link to allow malware leaving your system in compromised state.  Attackers keep on trying new ways to inject malicious codes and programs into your system. With the time, attackers are getting smarter and find new ways to fulfill their intentional tasks.

How Malware Works

Once it gets in into your system, the first thing that it does is communicate back to the attackers who sent it. Malware takes orders from “command and control” servers hidden throughout the Internet to work. For making it possible for the malware to map a domain to an IP address, attackers use the DNS (domain name system) often. They follow a process to make to get control of your system and make money in an illegal way.

  • Infects victim
  • Malware on the user’s computer performs a DNS lookup controlling it or downloading other malware.
  • Attacker use malware to control your system

How to get rid of malware?

The best you can do is, prevent it from entering and staying in your system in the first place. Be very careful while installing or downloading anything online. Read the terms and conditions before hitting install button. Use custom or advanced setting to detect if any unwanted program is attached with the software you are about to install.

Alternatively, using a good anti-malware may prevent you from getting the malware infection. Anti-malware is a tool that prevents the installation of malware infection and scans your computer to detect the presence of it. You device is open to risk as soon as you connect to the web as there are millions of infection there as a security in first place will help you in staying secure in the challenging digital environments.

Following and deploying the updates released by trusted resources can also help you in defending against malware. If you system has got the infection, ask the experts for help if you are a non-tech person. Otherwise if any wrong step is taken, you may make your computing life more miserable.