What is Malware

Malware is a type of malicious software, regardless of how it works, its intent, or how it's distributed.

 A virus is a specific type of malware that self-replicates by inserting its code into other programs.

malware can access your files, collect personal information, monitor the websites you visited, and transfer the collected data over the Internet.

A malware infection often results in slower computer performance, frequent computer crashes, and difficulty accessing the Internet.

The best way to protect your computer from malware

is to prevent it from being installed.

You should only download and install programs from reputable vendors.

Common Malware Sources

Malware may be placed on your computer if you follow a link to a
malicious site or by clicking a video or game from a social
networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Shareware programs and peer-to-peer (P2P) network programs
may also include malware add-ons.

ITS advises users against downloading P2P network programs,
as these programs may access other files on your system
and transfer them over the P2P network.

In these circumstances, users may be implicated in
copyright infringement without their knowledge.

For additional information about P2P networks, see the annual
Copyright Compliance The letter that is sent to USC students.

A typical malware installer, which often looks like an antivirus program, looks like this:


You should always close out of any similar window that pops up,
unless you know that the software is from a reliable vendor.

Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista automatically
block most of these installers.

Removing Malware

If you have malware on your computer (most people do),
there are ways to remove it.

However, the malware removal process can lead to network
and software malfunctions and can prevent Windows from starting up.

Due to the complexity of the process involved, ITS cannot
provide support for malware removal.

More on Security: https://itservices.usc.edu/security/

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