March Increase in Malware

The past week has shown a heightened level of virus infections across the shire.

The infections have all involved what are known as fraudulant malware, a variety of malware which mimics legitimate anti-virus or anti-malware products and produces incessant reports of serious and expansive infections in an attempt to scare a user into believing the softare and following the prompts which invariably lead to "purchasing" the fraudulant program.

It is important to be very aware of exactly what security software you currently use, be it a subscription based product, or one of the free products. You should take note of what it is, what it looks like, and what its alerting systems look like. Until you make yourself recognise these things you risk accepting fake alerts while browsing the internet and clicking on them, effectivly giving your permission for these fraudulant programs to install themselves on your system.

It is also important to realise that there is no such thing as a one product fixes or catches all, these malicious programs are so prevelant because there is an immense ammount of money to be gained by the people behind these malware programs, and simple changes they can make readily and rapidly can change their malicious software enough to bypass security software once more.

I'm often asked by people who suffer an infection, especially multiple ongoing infections, which is the best security software to use. The answer is always the same, there is no such thing as best if a proactive approach is taken along with a security package. User involvement, in great part by simple awareness of what you have and how it looks is one of the most important factors in keeping your system free of infection.