You can adopt several security strategies to protect yourself from viruses and malware. Make sure anti-virus protection is at the top of the list. Countless new viruses or variants of current viruses are created every year.
If your device has been compromised, you may notice:
- Unknown applications have been installed on your system
- Unusual activity occurs on your computer, such as the hard drive grinding when you are not using your computer or the mouse cursor moving on its own.
- Files or folders are missing
To learn more about malware and how to protect yourself, watch this short video from the FTC.
What is anti-virus software?
Antivirus software is a type of program designed to protect computers from malware like viruses, computer worms, spyware, botnets, rootkits, keyloggers, and so on. The software functions to scan, detect, and remove viruses from your computer.
What is a virus?
A computer virus, much like a flu virus, is designed to spread from host to host and can replicate itself. It is a type of malicious code or program written to alter the way a computer operates and is designed to spread from one computer to another.