Facts & Myths about Malware

Who isn’t aware about the malware attacks nowadays? Some have become the victims of it while others are getting to know about it through news, internet and even from the ones affected. Online security is now one of the priorities for us because we all know hackers and malwares aren’t stopping any time soon. But you may not know everything about malware, who does?

Knowing about malwares and educating yourself is a step for your benefit. You can prepare yourself for crisis, make plans and prevent yourself from malicious malware infections. Taking into consideration the rising rate of cybercrimes it is a really important thing to do. So in this article we will talk about some common facts and myths about malwares.

For those who aren’t much aware about malware should know that malware is a collection of different kinds of malicious softwares like ransomware, virus, trojans, worms, adware etc. They consist of codes that are developed by cyberattackers to cause damage to systems and data of users or to gain unauthorized access to someone’s network. Hackers deliver malware in forms of files or links over mails. In order to execute the malware user has has open the file or link.

Facts about malware:

  1. Malwares are difficult to remove: When malware attacks your device it hides in unexpected places on your system like system files, hidden folders etc. This makes their detection and removal very time consuming and even difficult. Sometimes to get rid of the infection totally you have to reinstall your operating system.
  2. Your privacy is under threat: It is a known fact that malwares are used for gathering personal information and selling it on dark web or use it for blackmailing or committing identity theft. Mostly hackers steal information like your computer’s ID address, identification information, browsing history etc.
  3. Your computer’s security is under threat: Not just the malware infects your computer system but it also makes your computer vulnerable for other viruses. Malwares can also cause difficulties with legitimate software and compromise the security of your computer’s operating system.
  4. Malware can bundle with other software and be installed even without your knowledge: There is much malware that bundles up with other software like a documented malware program includes AOL Instant Messenger bundled with WildTangent. There are other applications too that can bundle up with adware and spyware. Some of the malwares can be installed automatically without even notifying the user.

Myths about malware:

  1. Emails from known senders are safe: It is a myth to blindly trust any mail sent by someone you know. What if their system is infected with some virus? Because of this there is a high chance of receiving infected files and attachments from the mails. If you find anything suspicious about it then just delete it or don’t open it.
  2. If my machine gets infected I’ll be notified: There has been no such concept of receiving notification if any malicious infection attacks your device. The main aim of attackers is to infect your system in such a way that you won’t even know about it so how can you think you’ll be notified about it? Each malware has its own way of working and some of them mostly run undetected.
  3. All known and reputable websites are trustworthy: It is not difficult for hackers to compromise with legit websites these days. All they have to do is use some infected codes on the website and the website is infected. Users usually trust such reputed websites and download files from that and also give their personal information when asked.
  4. Antivirus can stop all the threats: It is a myth because no antivirus can provide 100% security. Of course, any antivirus seller will tell you that their product gives 100% result but it is something they have to do despite knowing that it’s not possible. You can test run your antivirus software to check its efficiency but don’t fall for this 100% security thing, even you know it’s not possible. It is an obvious myth people overlook sometimes.
  5. don’t worry about malware if there isn’t anything important on your machine: Thinking that the only purpose of malware is to steal your personal information and you are safe if your system does not have anything really important, its a myth. Malware can still enter your system and send spam to your contacts. It can also steal your credit card information, bank account details, login details of social media accounts etc. by recording your keystrokes.
  6. Infected machine equals to the hacked machine: It is not necessarily true every time. Just because your system is infected it doesn’t mean attacker is trying to get access into your system. Your system can get infected due to other reasons like visiting infected webpages, installing any malicious app or software from the internet, opening any malicious file or link attached in your mail.