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From a small calendar application, to a fancy video player or a popular desktop game, we all love installing free software from the web. And this common habit of ours is just well too known by internet hackers.

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Downloadable files on the internet one of the easiest modes used by hackers to transmit malware and viruses. An attacker can insert an infected code into a file that could be a picture, word doc, or any other file that is normally measured to be harmless. Once the hacker has attacked a PC, they may spread it through a websites, torrent link, email, social media channels, etc. The kind of infected code launched by the hacker depends totally on the end result they need to get. For instance, if a hacker is after your private data like bank account information, usernames, passwords, etc., then they would fool you into downloading a malware infected file on your PC. Once inside the device, the spyware will gather all important data about you and pass it on the hacker device.

So, what common problems can corrupt software?

Depending on the infected program the software has been corrupted with, the problems may vary. But, most infected programs are designed to do one or more of the following tasks:

  • Giving partial or full access of the PC to the hacker.
  • Stealing information stored in the PC, and data related to the user’s Internet actions.
  • Causing the PC to use too much resources and memory than normally needed.
  • Slowing down your PC. Infected devices may begin lagging frequently, and become unresponsive.
  • Letting other viruses and malware to gain entry into the device.
  • Corrupting the major files of the infected PC.
  • Using the infected PC as a spam to attack other victims.
  • Redirecting users to forge websites and stealing their passwords and login IDs, even financial details.
  • Causing random files to go missing without your information.

Security Tips

1.) Most simplest way to protect is to be highly selective about free software present on the Internet. Before installing any type of software, make sure that you

  • Do a quick research on the software, its user ratings and reviews.
  • Make sure that the website you are downloading the software from is genuine and reputed.
  1. While downloading the software, check if it’s from a genuine publisher. If it’s not, then do not move ahead.
  2. Install antivirus software in your device. When you are going for it, confirm that the software provide security against unsafe web portals; emails that have infected links or attachments, infected files downloaded online, and all kinds of malware and virus infections. Use reliable antivirus software. This will come in handy in situations where you accidently click on a bogus social media post or happen to get a bogus email that looks like it has been sent by your friend at Facebook or Twitter. There are several Anti-viruses present in the market, but Kaspersky Antivirus is one of the best. It has a good after sale service, for which simply contact the Kaspersky Technical Support number.
  3. Just be prepared about unwanted or unknown emails. Even if the sender looks familiar practice that if the email talks about something that you were not hoping nor have no prior information about.
  4. Apply software updates whenever necessary. This is quite crucial with Windows security updates that are released rarely. Doing so will fix any safety holes that might be present in your PC. Security holes are a hacker’s major method to get their infected code to execute on a victim’s machine. It is strongly suggested to always keep the Windows Automatic Updates On.