Malware is a catch-all term for any type of malicious software designed to harm or exploit any programmable device, service or network. Cybercriminals typically use it to extract data that they can leverage over victims for financial gain.
Ways to tell if your computer has malware are if pop up ads start popping up everywhere, your browser keeps getting redirected or mysterious posts appear on your social media. These are just a few examples as criminals are constantly changing the ways they steal information.
A computer virus is a malicious piece of computer code designed to spread from device to device. A subset of malware, these self-copying threats are usually designed to damage a device or steal data. Think of a biological virus – the kind that makes you sick, a computer virus messes with the way your device works.
If you notice any of the following issues with your computer, it may be infected with a virus: Slow computer performance (taking a long time to start up or open programs) Problems shutting down or restarting. Missing files
Spyware is malicious software designed to enter your computer device, gather data about you, and forward it to a third-party without your consent. Spyware can also refer to legitimate software that monitors your data for commercial purposes, like advertising.
The best way to check for spyware is by scanning the computer with anti malware software. If you one installed on the computer, you can run the scanner and it will show the threats detected in the computer. If you don’t, contact The Geek Guys and we can advice on the best one for your needs.