Nov 01

How to Throw Away Malware!

Malware is a real headache. It dumps your system with unwanted files and frequently keeps on showing itself as an annoying pop-up or irritating browser-based toolbar, which is the best possible of its outcomes and the worst ones are complete takeover of your desktop and destruction of your life. This results in slowing down of system to a painful level. You cannot even boot in Windows, in a time required by you to make a trip to your kitchen. Your data is sent off to a remote land and even worse, your real keystrokes are recorded for some nasty individual to view.

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Malware locks up your browser, and makes you unable to do any browsing without being caught some bogus domain. Therefore it is important for you to know what to do in or before such a condition.

It is a sad fact that you and only you are responsible for the nasty malware to accumulate in your system. Much of the irritating thing that you unknowingly befriend needs your cooperation to get housed in your system. You should download and run some unknown file or agree to get a toolbar on your system as a routine of a software installation. You must accept some sort of JavaScript or get fooled by a scam website that claims to be running a scan on your computer. These are only a few of the tactics of malware presenters. But the moral is it needs your cooperation, which you are not to give henceforth.

So how will you know who is what? As a golden rule, know it if: it is too good to be real, it looks odd or it is entirely unknown to you. Knowing this, don’t run it. Don’t install, accept, or say ‘yes’ to it and don’t let it intrude your system in any way. As soon as you get such a doubtable thing, find out about them on Google, Yahoo or Bing, your true friends.

As said earlier, most of the malware enters your system through the browser. So firstly, stop using some outdated, unsafe browser and make sure to run the latest version of any of the three, viz. Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. These three are considered to be the best browsers against malware and other attacks.

If you are running Firefox, get an extension named NoScript, which allows you to disable the plugins of a page, including Flash and JavaScript, unless you trust the site. You can also disable JavaScript by default in the Under the Hood settings section of the browser. And further if you wish to run a site’s JavaScript, you can just click the X icon associated with it and the browser’s address bar to establish site-specific trust.

Some more add-ons and extensions worth wielding to deal with the malware are Web of Trust, Adblock, KB SSLEnforcer and HTTPS wherever you go.