5 Common Types Of Malware

Malware is an abbreviation for malicious software. It’s used by cyber criminals to compromise the security of computer systems. Malware enables intruders to gain access to organizational controls and steal confidential data. It can harm the host computer and lead to losses in millions.

Cyber crimes have become more common in the recent years. According to a survey conducted by Norton, in the year 2017, a total of 516,380 Australian small businesses fell prey to different acts of cyber crimes.

To protect your business from cyber threats, it’s important that you know what to look out for.

Here are some common malware that can cause harm to your system.

1. Virus

A virus is a type of malware that attaches itself to a program and spreads other files when a user launches the infected program. A cyber criminal can use a virus to steal private information and harm a company’s computer network. Once a system is infected by a virus, it becomes very hard to get rid of it. Often time, the affected file needs to be deleted to remove the virus; this can result in a loss of important information.

2. Adware

Also known as advertising-supported software, adware is a type of malware that causes unwanted advertisements to pop-up on a computer. Most of the times, adware is sponsored by advertisers. However, there’s a chance of them being paired up with spyware, which is used to steal confidential data.

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3. Trojan Horse

A Trojan disguises itself as a legitimate program to trick the user into downloading it on their system. A hacker can access a Trojan infected computer and steal valuable information. Moreover, the attacker can also monitor user activity, install additional malware and alter the files on the computer.

4. Bot

Bots are programmed to perform certain functional automatically. Most of the times, bots are created to perform in video games etc, but they can also used to carry out cyber crimes. They are disguised as popular search items. A computer system infected by a bot can be controlled by third parties very easily.

5. Ransomware

This type of malware holds a system captive and demands a ransom from the user. It blocks users from accessing programs unless they have paid the demanded amount to the virus creator via an online payment method.

The fastest and easiest way to remove malware from your system is by contacting a security testing service provider. If you’re looking for one for your business, then get in touch with Lean Security!

Our team of experts is well equipped in detecting and mitigating malware on websites and networks. You can contact us here for more information.