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What Exactly Is Malware?

Chances are if you’ve used a computer, you’ve heard of malware, viruses, worms, trojans or even ransomware. Since we started using computers, people around the world have created malware. Today, Chipheads Computer Repair is discussing malware and how it can impact your computer, files or even network. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for malware repair in the Twin Cities, feel free to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help.

About Malware

Malware, also known as “malicious software” is any software that was written with the intention of damaging a device, stealing data from computers, and generally causing chaos. Malware is typically created by hackers looking to make money. Other times malware is created in protest, to test security or even as weapons of war. Regardless of the type of malware, it is always bad news when it shows up on your computer.

Types of Malware

When it comes to malware there are quite a few subcategories. Malware can affect different parts of your computer or network. Here are a few examples of malware and how they can impact your device, network and/or files.

  1. Viruses attach themselves to clean files and also infect other clean files. Viruses typically spread uncontrollably, damaging a system’s core functionality while also deleting or corrupting files.

  2. Worms are known to infect entire networks of devices, both local and across the internet. Worms work by using network interfaces, using each infected machine to infect others.

  3. Trojans are a type of malware that disguises itself or is hidden in legitimate software that was modified. Trojans tend to work discreetly and create security backdoors to allow other malware in.

  4. Ransomware is a type of malware that is known to lock down computers and files, while threatening to erase everything. A ransom must be paid in order to unlock the files and computers.

Schedule Twin Cities Malware Removal Today

Think that your device may be infected with malware? Need malware removal in the Twin Cities? Contact Chipheads Computer Repair today to schedule your appointment. We are always happy to assist those in need.

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