A worrying statistic of Malware infections

A rather worrying statistic has been documented on the website Computer World  that shows Windows 7 Malware attacks had risen by over 30% in the second half of 2010 whilst Windows XP cases had dropped by 20%. Whether the drop was down to less users of Windows XP wasn’t noted though.

These figures show just how vulnerable PCs and laptops can be and why we should take extra care of what we download and view over the Internet. Some of the biggest Malware problems are the MS Removal tool and web pages that suggest you need to download a program to fix the issue. What the article does say though is that Windows 7 is less likely to be compromised by Malware attacks than on previous versions of Windows.

So my advice would be to make sure your Malware programs are always up to date, as some Malware Programs cant be run with some infections from a normal start up and safe mode access to these utilities may be required. I would also advise doing a scan once a week and definitely after any pop ups from web pages you may have visited for the first time. I would also advise doing regular backups of important files just in case one attack isn’t fixable, whether this be a virus or malware.

Some useful tools for Malware removal are Malwarebytes Anti Malware and Spybot Search and Destroy. There are other good programs around but these two are the ones I have used over a number of years and kept my PC Malware free.

Source : ComputerWorld ( Direct link to article ).

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