Coronavirus as a Malware
Don’t mix the term Corona with “Corona Beer”, here we talk about the epidemic coronavirus are a large family of viruses that cause illness from the common cold to more severe diseases named MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV identified in humans. It was never too long when hackers exploit fear of this virus to spread malware.
Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China which started from an illegal animal market has caused illegal activities in form of Malware in parts of the world where the researchers from IBM say that they detected poisoned emails being sent to Japan and other parts of the world, urging them to open a word document which would claim to provide the prevention measures from the most deadly virus named corona meaning, “crown”.
That was not it when the word document redirected them to a page telling them to enable macros to view the document and eventually download Emotet malware on the computer.
Due to a lack of information people tend to click on a few important contents that maybe, a love letter, unexpected purchase, free shopping deals. All these keywords have been used again and again to infect user’s computers by the hackers as people tend to click on the link containing some specific keywords or identifiers.
Even Kaspersky confirmed that it had seen other malware spread via email and video instructions on how people can protect them from coronavirus infection. The malicious files could be in any format, but they just try to make it easy for the people to get into their computer. Let’s make it easy for people by answering their questions related to safety features which can help save them from coronavirus malware, viruses, and attacks.
How to protect your computer from Coronavirus malware attacks?
We have seen these attacks so frequently that even by seeing an email we should be able to identify it as spam or a legitimate email, but here we are to help you regarding the common problems. Firstly, try to identify the sender or the email from which the email has been sent, most of the time the email tells you if you know the sender or not.
Secondly, most hackers will send you an attachment through which they can install some malicious programs on your computer, and you won’t be able to find it out.
Thirdly, just try to place your mouse cursor on any suspicious link carried by the email and it would tell you the exact address where the link would redirect you if you find any suspicion on the link simply report it or call your Local IT Technician.
Fourthly, avoid clicking on the advertisements you see on shopping websites, you cannot trust all the ads especially if it is not from a trusted sender.
I Hope, this would guide you on how to prevent malware attacks on your PC.
How to remove malware from window computers?
It remains the most important question if we talk about the removal of malware from our computer. Often, we see multiple anti-viruses that are available online, but they do not provide actual security to our computer. If we talk about Microsoft Windows Defender program which is a Microsoft built Antivirus solution, it is the best solution if you use it wisely, now there are various questions people ask, does windows security detect malware? The answer is YES, it’s a powerful tool to scan and remove malware from your PC.
You just need to visit Virus and threat protection under Windows Security and the Scan option in there would simply guide you to scan the whole computer just like any of the Anti-virus would do, you can also check the scan result in protection history under Virus and threat protection tab. The Windows Defender Scan will automatically detect and remove the malware from the computer.
How does malware attack work?
People wonder, how can a small malicious software compromise their whole system and answer this question we would deep dive into the content. Malware is an unwanted software that compromises your whole computer in one click through a website or a link, some hackers spread it through file-sharing services, once it is installed in your system it will start sending the data to the hacker or uploading the computers private information’s like your passwords and card details online, even sometimes it sends a replica of the password to the hacker and he can get into all your personal stuff.
Malware like spyware do the above tasks, where they collect information about a device or network and sends the data to the hacker, they even monitor your internet activity and compromise your personal data.
Malware like worms are designed only for spreading and replicating itself on additional devices and remaining active on the infected machines, generally, some install the malware and some are just carriers of the worms.
Malware like Trojan Horse has been derived from the ancient Greek war in the city of Troy where a wooden horse was admitted to the city and invaders were inside the wooden horse, the same way it will install pretending a legitimate software and it would turn out to be a malicious program and harm your computer.
Malware like Adware, this is the same type of malware that we discussed, click on the unwanted ads for a free game or a browser toolbar, they collect your personal information, personalize the ads they display. They can annoy you most of the time like any other malware.
Malware like Botnets is a network of computers or a computer code that executes malware. Hackers use a group of computers with malicious software like bots that receive the command from the controller. Further, they form a network and provide access to a controller for collective processing power which is further used to coordinate attacks send spams, steal data and creation of fake ads.
Unlike, there is endless information about malware, types of malware, how can malware get infected and some examples of malware attacks but we will be back with our next blog discussion about some famous attacks and its prevention.