It’s not a secret that technology plays a large part in today’s world.
From automated factories to the computer inside our vehicles, passing through medical breakthroughs and even logistics applications, technology has made our lives easier in a multitude of fields.
For the common man, our computers, smartphones and tablets are the ones that allow us access to applications and websites that are aimed at making quotidian chores and activities easier. With them we can access:
- Entertainment in the form of video, music and games on demand through services like Netflix, Spotify and Steam.
- Productivity through applications like Microsoft’s Office and OpenOffice
- Financial managing and planning through apps like Quicken
- Communication through social media such as Facebook and Twitter and conferencing apps such as Skype.
- Design with programs like Adobe’s creativity suites or even Microsoft’s movie maker.
Combine this with the fact that computers are now faster, better, cheaper and more reliable and you get a population that is able to actually have a computer of their own along with other devices.
There is a catch to this, however, and that is the fact that people still don’t know much about computers, even if they are increasingly dependent on them.
This leads to people either wasting one of two very valuable resources: time or money. Time because they cannot use their computers in order to do what they want or need to do with them and money because they end up paying someone to fix their PCs.
So, in the interest of spreading a little knowledge around, let’s take a minute to review one of the most common causes of problems on a PC: Malware.
In this particular article, we’ll cover some of the most dangerous trends in malware that are currently out there.
- Always, always, always keep your computer protected at all times by using programs that you know are trustworthy and good at what they do. This includes an Antivirus, a Firewall and Malware removal tools.
Having said this, let’s look at some of the most harmful forms of malicious software out there:
- Stegomalware: it uses steganography in order to hide its malicious code. Steganography is the concealment of something, be it audio, video, text, images or code inside of something else, which can also be any of these things. This means that you might get an image that is actually an image, but on opening will dynamically execute the malicious code and infect your computer. This is one of the most advanced forms of malicious code obfuscation, and you will definitely need a particularly good antivirus for it, although it is not quite as common as the others. Due to its nature, stegomalware may execute any type of malware.
- Ransomware: As its name indicates, ransomware is basically malicious software that locks sensitive (such as tax returns or account information) files on a computer and then demands payment in order to let the user have them back. The files are normally encrypted in such a way that any attempt by a normal user to decrypt them will result in the file’s destruction.
- Botnets. This malware doesn’t steal or infect your files, but it takes some of your PC’s processing power in order to create a form of “super-network”. This can be rented out by unsavoury types in order to carry out any number of illegal cyber activities.
- Keyloggers. This is essentially a malicious program that logs every single keystroke you enter into your computer. Yes, this includes passwords to all sorts of different accounts and services, including financial websites. Due to the fact that they are very resource-light, they are able to run virtually undetected in machines that are not well protected.
- Fileless malware. This is simply malware that is loaded directly into the target computer’s memory, without the need for it to be located in a file or executable. This means that it can evade normal antivirus’ scans, since there’s nothing actually written onto the hard disk that can be read. This also means that once the memory is not being used (for example, when shutting down the PC) the code of the malware disappears, although there are ways around this.
- Locking ransomware. Another form of hijacking malware. What this does is lock up functions on the computer or device that it affects, proceeds to inform the user that they have been caught doing something illegal and demand money in order to restore functionality to the device. Needless to say, there’s no way law enforcement would ever do something like that, so don’t give it a second glance and try to get it off your device as soon as possible.
Before we go, let’s take a look at some software that will make your life with a computer easier and meets all expectations for what a great security suite should be: SafeBytes security and computer health suite, which is comprised of three programs that are designed to work in tandem:
- Safebytes Security Suite
- Safebytes TotalSystemCare
- Safebytes Driver Assist
Yes, the security suite alone would be enough to keep your computer running free of malware, but why not take advantage of Safebytes other products as well?
With those three programs running on your PC you will have, and this is not the full list:
- 24/7 protection against all forms of malware or computer virus.
- 24/7 customer support with the staff at SafeBytes
- Speed, stability and improved performance.
- Registry error removal and correction.
- User friendly interfaces that make taking care of potential problems easier than ever: simply start a scan, use your PC as normal, wait for the results and then let the programs take care of the problems for you!
- A fully configurable, flexible and powerful firewall to protect you while you navigate the web.
- Reliable, efficient and convenient management of all off your PC’s drivers, making it easy and painless to be completely up to date on the driver front, which in turn means an even better running system.
All of these features and many more are at the tip of your fingers with SafeBytes renowned computer optimization suite. Download the programs and see for yourself; you won’t want to go back to other software after installing SafeBytes!