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What Is Malware Exactly?

If you’ve been using a computer the last 30 years, chances are you’ve heard of or even experienced malware. Malware is a broad term used to describe any type of malicious software that harms or exploits a device, service or network. Financial data, healthcare records, emails and even passwords are typical targets. Today, Chipheads Computer Repair is discussing malware, why it is used, how it spreads and how to know you’ve been infected. Got questions? Need malware removal in Richfield? Reach out today, we’d be happy to help.

Why is malware used?

Malware is used to describe a range of malicious software, including viruses, ransomware and even worms. It is used for a variety of reasons, including:

  1. Tricking a user into providing personal data.

  2. Stealing user information such as credit cards or financial data.

  3. To control multiple computer systems, launching denial-of-service attacks.

  4. To infect computers and use them for various tasks.

How does malware spread?

Malware has been a problem for the past 30+ years and has several means of attack. Email attachments, advertisements, fake software, infected drives, phishing emails and even text messages are now used these days.

How do I know I’ve been infected with malware?

Wondering if your computer may be infected? Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Slow performance

  2. Random browser redirects

  3. Infection warnings/pop-ups

  4. Problems turning on/shutting down the computer

  5. Frequent pop-ups

Schedule Richfield Malware Removal

Worried your device may be infected? Interested in scheduling malware removal in Richfield or the surrounding Twin Cities areas? Chipheads Computer Repair would be happy to assist with your needs.


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