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Adware

September 1, 2020

Adware is unwanted software designed to throw advertisements up on your screen, most often within a web browser. Typically, it uses an underhanded method to either disguise itself as legitimate, or piggyback on another program to trick you into installing it on your PC, tablet, or mobile device.

Ransomware

September 1, 2020

Ransomware is a form of malware that locks you out of your device and/or encrypts your files, then forces you to pay a ransom to get them back. Ransomware has been called the cyber criminal’s weapon of choice because it demands a quick, profitable payment in hard-to-trace cryptocurrency. The code behind ransomware is easy to obtain through […]

Viruses

September 1, 2020

A virus is malware that attaches to another program and, when executed—usually inadvertently by the user—replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and infecting them with its own bits of code.

Spyware

September 1, 2020

Spyware by definition is malicious code that is designed to intercept or take over a user’s computer. This is all done without permission of the user. Spyware may install itself on your machine with you even without knowing it. Why? Because many times it is embedded in things you click on in e-mails or the internet […]

Malware

September 1, 2020

Malware is the shortened term for “malicious software.”  Malware is all about making money off you illicitly. Although malware cannot damage the physical hardware of systems or network equipment (with one known exception—see the Google Android section below), it can steal, encrypt, or delete your data, alter or hijack core computer functions, and spy on […]

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