Malware is short for malicious software that defines a range of threats, including viruses, Trojans, worms, adware, spyware, crimeware, rootkits and other malicious applications. Everyone knows that malware presents a real threat to personal computers and modern day organizations, which negatively affects productivity.
Malware is designed to conflict with the normal operation of a system, affecting the overall stability and performance of your computer. Such malicious software can be spread though email attachments, downloaded files, removable media and networking devices.
Symptoms of Malware
Many types of malware are designed to operate without showing their presence. However, common symptoms of infection include the following:
PC Performance – Even a small amount of infections can create instability and poor performance. Slow PC and frequent crashes are a clear indication.
Pop-ups and Spam – They seem harmless but it is a common behavior caused by spyware to capture personal information.
Unexplained Behavior – Viruses can cause unexplained PC behavior, including toolbars which you did not install and cannot delete, hijacked homepage and suspicious search results.
How Can I Protect Myself?
Unfortunately there is no single anti-virus on the market that is most effective at identifying malware outbreaks. Multiple engines are required in order to reduce that gap between a latest outbreak of a virus and an update from the vendor.
VikingPCHealth is anti-malware software that combines five engines from different anti-virus providers, including Dr.Web, Bitdefender, IKARUS, Emsisoft and G-data. Together these five provide an effective and fast response against the latest threats.