This article describes what viruses, spyware and malware are, how to remove a suspected malware infection and ways to protect your system against attack.
Malware has become the name for any type of malicious software such as spyware, adware, or viruses that harms your computer's performance or security. Most malware infections stem from internet activity which include downloading files or even just browsing internet sites. Most measures for protecting against malware focus on ways to make Internet browsing more secure. Various symptoms can be associated with malware, so any one (or a combination) of the following symptoms could be good indicators of malware infection.
For more information about the systems and indicators of an infected system, refer to the article below:
For detailed information on malware, refer to the Wikipedia entry on malware:
Determine if you have security software already installed on your computer. If so, refer to your vendor for information on removal of malware. A list of security software vendors' contact information can be found in the Security Software section of the Dell Third-Party Software Contacts page.
One simple way to determine if you have security software is to check the System Tray in the bottom right corner of your screen for a security icon. McAfee icons typically are red in color with a large letter "M" in the center of the icon.
Dell computers can ship with McAfee Security Center or McAfee LiveSafe, either as a 30-day trial version or subscriptions of up to 36 months. Registration of the product is part of the Windows first-time startup process for your PC. Simply accept the End-User License Agreement (EULA) and supply your email address for registration. No further action is required.
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool accurately detects and removes about 80% of known viruses and spyware from your system.
Learn more about updating your built-in Windows security features!
You can find many home security products available for download at the Dell Store Anti-Virus and Security Center.
If you do not have or do not wish to purchase any internet security software, Microsoft has created free security software built specifically for your operating system. Visit Microsoft Security Essentials to preview, download and get support.
There are best practices and guidelines that can minimize your exposure to infection. You can refer to the article below for more information on these.
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Last Date Modified: 05/21/2015 04:57 PM