Malware has become a popular term in the IT world. The definition of “malware” is “A program that spreads through networks without the knowledge of end users or administrators”. Malware is also a shortened form of “malicious software”. Malware can spread through any network at a time, using a computer in a way that allows an infected file to be hidden on a host. These files can be shared among computers without the knowledge of users. Malware can also be programmed to run automatically, without the knowledge of users.
Malware is basically any software purposefully developed to cause harm to a computer, human, server, software, or program. A wide array of malware types currently exist, such as worms, Trojan horses, malware, adware, encryption viruses, ransomware, and fake antivirus programs. Although some types of malware may never cause a problem, others are constantly on the prowl, constantly seeking ways to get into a machine. This is what makes malware an extremely dangerous and difficult problem to combat. Many security companies are attempting to combat this by creating malware detection and removal tools, which are able to detect malicious codes and remove them from a machine.
Malware is typically spread through email attachments, downloads, game Trojans, and phishing. Malware can also be transmitted through mass media (movies, music, photographs), real-world network activities, and through open or unprotected computer forums. Malware can affect iPhones, BlackBerrys, and most other iOS devices as well as most Windows based PCs running Windows CE and XP. Windows machines are particularly vulnerable to attack, since many apps and files are sandboxed by default, leaving them vulnerable to attack from within the operating system. The most recent versions of Windows and iOS are typically better protected against these attacks.
Most Windows users have little defense against malware attacks because their operating systems are so vulnerable. Malware infections are not only limited to windows operations but can also affect Linux, UNIX, and other platforms. However, there are some effective malware protection options that can be easily installed and which will provide complete protection against any infection. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular malware detection and removal tools available:
This program offers comprehensive virus and malware protection. It works by locating potentially infected files and scanning them for information. If a virus scan identifies a threat, then the corresponding program will either quarantine the file or remove the threat. It is important to note that this software will not find viruses that have been locally transmitted. As with other leading products, McAfee has released a free version that can be downloaded from the company’s website.
Norton VirusScan – While this is one of the most frequently used-malware scanners, it is not the most comprehensive. This tool scans through your computer for common types of malware including spyware and adware. The common types of malware include Trojan Horses, key loggers, worms, and viruses.
Kaspersky Lab AntiMalware
This software is designed to detect and destroy malware and viruses on your system. It covers all forms of malware, which can include spam, data mining, tracking cookies, and keyloggers. This program is able to protect computers from a wide range of malicious software and is the leading anti-malware solution on the market.
When running any kind of antivirus software you should run an evasion tool alongside it. An evasion tool will help your system to get rid of potential malware that has been placed on your system.
- Evasion tools are designed to look and behave like other programs on your computer – they will cause your system more damage than good if they are able to detect and remove them.
- To ensure that you get the best results when using an evasion tool please ensure that your system is clean from viruses and other Malware before you download any.
- This will ensure that your evasion tool works as effectively as possible.