Tech Tip: Viruses, Malware, Spyware

It’s difficult to know if you are defending or protecting your computer from these harmful programs without understanding what they do. Today’s tech tip will teach you the terminology and help you to become an active participant in your own protection!

Spyware :Spyware is a software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer’s consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer’s knowledge.  It is mostly classified into four types: system monitors, trojans, adware, and tracking cookies. Spyware is mostly used for the purposes such as; tracking and storing internet users’ movements on the web; serving up pop-up ads to internet users.

Viruses :Computer viruses are small software programs that are designed to spread from one computer to another and to interfere with computer operation. Computer viruses are often spread by attachments in email messages or instant messaging messages. Viruses can be disguised as attachments of funny images, greeting cards, or audio and video files.

Malware :Malware, short for malicious software, is software used or programmed by attackers to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware includes computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, spyware, adware, malicious BHOs, rogue security software and other malicious programs; the majority of active malware threats are usually worms or trojans rather than viruses.

So if you want to protect yourself against malware, you have to protect yourself from viruses and spyware. Regular cleaning is necessary and while most systems will quarantine a harmful application, it’s helpful to have it scrubbed from your system.