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Malware is an umbrella term that refers to any software program designed to infect or damage computer systems, networks, and devices. This includes viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, and more.

How Malware Spreads

A common way malware gets into a device is through pop-up ads on websites, phishing emails, and even phone calls from cybercriminals. When the user clicks on these phishing messages, they install a virus on their system and can then be used to steal personal information or even hold the device hostage until a ransom is paid.

How Malware Infests

When a device is infected with malware, it can begin to slow down or shut down. This can be a symptom of an infection that has taken over the device’s processing resources and is using up its available storage space.

How a Malware Attack occurs

Some types of malware, such as worms and trojan horses, spread by inserting their own code into other programs. Other types, such as blended threats, use exploits to take advantage of vulnerabilities in software or hardware without the user’s input.

How a Malware Attack Gets Into You

The most common ways to get malware into your device are through phishing emails, a vulnerable network service, or a compromised website. Other methods include installing infected files on USB drives or flash memory cards, stealing passwords, and even clicking on malicious links in a text message. The most important thing is to never open attachments from unknown senders.