Your computer can be attacked by so many things:
- worm and many more, but these are the most broad categories often referred to!
So, what are these? How do they enter your computer? Through air? water? hands? How do they look like? My dear Reader(s) KEEP CALM AND KEEP READING!
VIRUS as in computer is a malware that, when executed, replicates by reproducing itself or infecting other programs by modifying them. Infecting computer programs can include as well, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive. When this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”.
That’s what Wikipedia has to say about computer virus. So in simple technotronic language, a computer virus is a code(a program) written by a programmer. It we run the program, it starts to do what it is made for-destruction! But you might say,” i never launched an virus program, cause i know its virus !” Dude the programmers are not so dumb. They write the code so very cunningly that if you launch any other normal program, say google chrome,the virus is initiated.
MALWARE is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs.
That’s what Wikipedia has to say about malware. In our term, it is the whole group of unwanted programs in your computer destroying or playing with your data in the system, obviously without your knowledge, is referred as malware. As per of my knowledge, you cant prevent them from attacking your computer. So, its better to use any of the anti-malware applications available in the market, especially in Windows. I use Malware Bytes.
SPYWARE is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer’s consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer’s knowledge.
Wikipedia explains that well.
Spywares include cookies, adware, etc. Many online business companies use spywares to track the interests of there customer, so that they can display the things they like, next time the comes back. Some companies give the notification to you while others dont !
WORM AS IN COMPUTER is a standalone malware computer program that replicates itself in order to spread to other computers.Often, it uses a computer network to spread itself, relying on security failures on the target computer to access it. Unlike a computer virus, it does not need to attach itself to an existing program. Worms almost always cause at least some harm to the network, even if only by consuming bandwidth, whereas viruses almost always corrupt or modify files on a targeted computer.…continuing reading.
Some personal suggestions ( you can try them out) :
- Try out Antivirus in Pro or Unlocked versions, whichever brand you use, because they only premium virsions give Real Time Protection!
- For anti-malware software, you can use MalwareBytes (Premium of-course).
- Remember, never search for “xyz cracked” in google. Its gives plenty websites full of Malwares. Beaware of your doing!
- Never click on any pop-ups while browsing, unless you know what you are doing, no matter how attractive picture or gif. it has!
Remember virus and malwares are very much platform dependent, ie. a virus code written for Windows OS may have no effect in iOS or Android and visa-versa. So, next time you tell you friend that your android got virus attacked by connecting it with his computer and make a fun of yourself, be aware!
Best of Luck in this Filthy World !