Latest Computer Virus Threats

by Keith Williams
Computer Virus

Developers involved in the creation of computer viruses started their malicious activities a few years ago. During this period their applications have been the cause of great anxiety to many computer users from all over, who have had to endure losses of valuable data and grievous damage to their computer systems. In an effort to combat these evils, many developers have engaged and committed to the course by producing anti-virus tools of excellent quality. The creators of these malicious bits of code have also adapted and have increased their activities to release new applications practical everyday. These threaten and often successfully bridge the security of many naive computer users.

These threats use the internet in particular as a launch pad for disseminating their evil to unknowing online visitors, who themselves give access to their computers after being fooled and tricked by these clever little applications. They often appear as attractive little pop-up ads displaying apparently reputable products or claim to have done an honorable service by removing a potential new threat from your system. Once having gained the trust of the online visitor and are allowed access to their computer system by being downloaded voluntarily, these so-called nice guys then start revealing their real purpose by damaging computer systems and causing havoc with the stored data.

Once the program is downloaded and installed, the accompanying malware is automatically given full access to your system. The trust was gained when the accompanying software was downloaded voluntarily. A common line of action is initiated by the malware. The user is warned that their computer has been infected with some unknown virus, with the message appearing in a balloon at the right hand side of the system. Once this has commenced the malware presumably downloads a file to remedy the problem or performs an apparent scan of the computer system and produces a false system scan status report. A common ploy of the application is to try a get the “vendor” of the application paid and force the user to fill in a registration key received upon reception of payment.

Here a brief introduction of how some of these threats operate has been discussed. Remember that these malware applications offer their apparent services using a number of different techniques. It is important that when any balloon or pop up which is presented, that the user does not follow the links they offer.

When online do avoid the temptation of downloading any applications from strange unfamiliar sites. It is a much better practice to only used licensed, paid for software. Pirated or illegal software will always expose the user to the possibility of being exposed to malware or Trojan horses. This trend of malware infection has been fueled by online users themselves. Many individuals are instinctively attracted to any free offers that are out there.

With everything taken into consideration, it makes sense suggest that everyone refrains from using illegal software form unscrupulous websites. Such action will deal a huge blow to one of the most popular modes used for introducing new viruses online.

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