Malware can be defined as any program purposely designed to detrimentally affect a computer system, server, computer network, customer, or even individual user. A wide array of malware type exist, such as computer viruses, Trojan horses, worms, encryption/decryption tools, ransom ware, malware, and spyware. To put it simply, a virus is an infectious program that spreads through various networks without consent or knowledge. The spread of a virus is usually in a random manner without any specific target. It typically spreads from one computer to another but has been known to spread internally among an entire organization.
Malware programs can infect both iOS devices and the Apple OS X operating system. Although there has not been a documented case of malware spreading through an OS X system, it is recommended to regularly update your security patches to prevent the occurrence of malware. Hackers and phishers use malware to monitor and collect personal information from computers that visit certain websites. These websites that are used for malware operations typically include gaming websites, social networking sites, adult websites, and freebies websites.
Some other common types of malware are:
Mac malware, Mobile malware, Want to vandalism, and My Mac. Mac malware, also called Trojans, is a common type of virus that attacks Mac computers. It is possible to detect Mac malware by the presence of malicious codes within the computer system. Mac malware may infect files on the computer hard drive, an Internet browser, email application, music application, and other applications. Common characteristics of Mac malware include the use of fake files, persistent downloads, system exploits, privacy issues, denial of service, and server downtime.
Mobile malware is a malicious program that operates on the user’s device.
The most common type of mobile malware is theft or attack alarm. Attack alarm can steal financial or credit card information, remotely locate, and contact the victim, send spam messages, and perform unauthorized transactions. Other mobile malware include tethering, Fake antivirus application, dealers, and malicious games and applications.
Want to vandalism is a malicious software program that installs itself on the computer and becomes undetectable. It requires physical access to the infected computer in order to activate the malware. Typical manifestations of wannabe malware include ads displaying on the desktop and phone screen, message monitoring, system operation, and file and folder access. Some wannabe-malware programs actually reside as legitimate programs that install themselves on the operating system and silently wait for commands from the computer user.
Mac malware and Trojan horses can spread through email attachments and files that are downloaded by visiting sketchy websites. Mac malware can also be transferred through peer to peer file transfers and programs. The most common types of malware found on Apple computers are scam and adware or Trojans. Hackers use malicious codes to hijack user accounts and send unsolicited advertisements on their personal computers.
Mac malware and Trojan horses are different from other types of worms in that they have a long life. Worms that infect the host computer and then spread to other computers on the network usually do not survive very long. Worms are usually bundled with annoying banners or pop-ups, have limited functionality, and can crash the operating system. Most worms have adware or spyware associated with them.
A typical way malicious software is spread is through emails. Malware commonly includes scams that send a download link to another site that contains harmful content. Malware can be spread by downloading applications from unfamiliar sites or downloading large files from suspicious sources. The most common types of malware include adware and Trojans.
Some malicious software can be transmitted through social networking sites. Facebook applications and other social networking sites are often susceptible to malicious software infections. Some malware infections can infect mobile devices. Malware infections that originate in mobile devices are among the most serious because they can spread very quickly and easily, compromising data stored on personal cellular phones.
Trojans and other malicious programs can infect email attachments. These attachments can contain many different types of malware, which can cause significant harm to the computer. An infected attachment might contain a virus that downloads an application or spyware onto a user’s machine. Spyware is a very serious threat because it collects personal information about a computer user. Some malware infections can infect email attachments. An infected attachment could contain a virus, a Trojan horse or another form of malware.
- Some malware is hidden inside other programs and are therefore difficult to detect.
- Worms are one example of malware that hides in a program but is programmed to search out and destroy files.
- The “worms” that you see on your screen are one example of a malicious program that you should be very concerned about.
- You should also be very concerned about anyone who asks you for money in exchange for removal of worms from your computer.