What is a malware, spyware, adware or Trojan?
The terms malware and spyware refer to any piece of software installed on your computer without your permission. Once installed, the software collects information or interrupts traffic to web sites and other critical services.
Please note that we have blocked usage of the following products and services in these countries:a. Malware refers to software that causes damage to your computer.
b. Spyware gathers information from your computer without your knowledge.
c. Adware installs software that displays advertisements on your computer.
d. Trojans specifically refer to software that, once installed, secretly installs another piece of software.
What do they do?Once installed, a piece of software may activate viruses that:
a. Interrupt and disable basic system operations.
b. Capture and transmit keystrokes that may reveal passwords and other information.
c. Capture and send emails and other personal information.
d. Hijack your network connection, and then use it to send more malware.
How do you protect yourself?a. Install and run reliable anti-spyware/anti-virus software. Be aware of the installation process and do not click on links that direct you to download other software.
b. Make sure you are accessing links only from trusted sources.
c. Monitor the performance of your machine carefully. If it starts to run slowly, or web traffic begins to behave erratically, run a scan immediately.