Many people refer to all forms of malware as a “virus.” However, a virus is actually only one kind of malware. Understanding the different types of malware is very important for understanding how your business can be targeted by hackers and other malicious individuals. Today we’re going to be going over a few important types of malware. Let’s get started.
What is a virus?
A virus is a type of malicious file that is downloaded into your machine and infects files. Believe it or not, this is actually the least prevalent type of malware in today’s world. What makes a virus so dangerous is the fact that it spreads an infection and that there is little you can do with the infected files once they’re touched. Anti-virus software isn’t always effective in handling the issues beyond quarantining and deleting the infected files.
What are worms?
Worms are vicious little bits of code that come into your machine through the use of something as small as an email attachment. Then, they replicate themselves and destroy everything in their path. They’ve gotten a reputation for being particularly aggressive after the SQL Slammer and the ILOVEYOU worms. Both of these bits of malware wreaked cosmic havoc on both personal and business computers alike.
What is a Trojan?
If you remember your Greek mythology, you might remember the story of how the Greeks infiltrated the city of Troy. They used a giant wooden horse to conceal a group of soldiers who were wheeled in without being detected to launch a surprise attack. A Trojan virus works in a very similar way. It sneaks into your computer under the guise of legitimate software. When the victim runs the file, the Trojan is activated and the assault begins.
What can be done about all of this malware?
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