How To Prevent Malware
Malware is unwanted computer software designed by hackers and governments for one of three reasons: to make money by targeting a computer with an unprecedented amount of advertisements, to steal information by copying keystrokes in the hope of capturing your credit card number, or to cause trouble by bringing your computer to a grinding halt to bring amusement to a devious individual.
Anti-Malware Software is widely available and can help keep your system clean, but the most important aspect of keeping your computer safe is to follow “best practices.”
Malware Prevention Best Practices
Keep your Operating System and software (including your browser) up-to-date
Never download attachments from Spam email
Never click on suspicious links or pop-ups (especially those which say “Your Computer Is Infected: Click Here to Fix”)
Remain vigilant for banners which say “Click Here To Download,” many websites with legitimate download pages have suspicious advertisements which will attempt to deceive you into clicking on them
When you install a program, always uncheck undesired additional programs during installation (in many cases, you must click the “Custom Install” option to see all of the bundled software so it can be unchecked)
If you are ever unsure about a website, open a search engine (google.com) and search for the page. Look at what other people have to say about it; for example, if you search for fix100.com, every link except for the official website details how to remove its advertisements and malware from your computer
Following these best practices will help keep your system clean, but it is important to understand what an infected computer looks like so if your computer is infected, you can identify it and seek assistance properly cleaning your system.
In a personal example, Monday morning my laptop started to display unprecedented banners and links on SpiffyWebTeam.com, which was a clear sign something was amiss.
In many cases an infected computer is confused with an infected website, but they are not the same thing. Infected computers will display items which are not visible on other devices, such as the ad and links pointed out above. These issues were only visible on my laptop, if the website had been infected, any user on any device would have seen the same thing.
If you identify your computer has been infected, do not log into any accounts which require a password, to prevent it from being logged and leaked online, and immediately seek assistance resolving the situation.
Source: DNN Affin inport