You can detect viruses, spyware and other malicious programs
— generally known as "malware"
— running on your computer and remove them with
Your computer can become infected with a virus through email
attachments, from content you download from a website or from
infected media (CD-ROM, DVD, ROM, USB drive, diskette, etc.).
Anti-virus software helps prevent your computer from becoming
infected and your files from being corrupted or lost. It also can
detect existing viruses and clean your computer so that they do not
- Always use up-to-date anti-virus software,
from a reputable vendor, that is capable of scanning files and
email messages for malevolent software. Most anti-virus programs
include an auto-update feature that enables the program to download
profiles of new viruses so that it can check for them as soon as
they are discovered.
- Register new anti-virus software immediately,
and sign up for automatic notification of product updates if
Malicious software attacks are rising at an alarming rate.
Malware generally refers to any program that intentionally harms
your computer and is typically installed without your consent.
Malware can get into your computer by doing something as
innocuous as clicking on an ad, going to a website or even
unknowingly downloading a document. The malware
"industry" has blossomed so much that some malware
actually poses as anti-malware software.
Your best defense is to keep your browser, operating system, and
applications up to date, and to run updated anti-malware
"Spyware" is a particularly nasty type of
malware, and is designed to essentially “spy”
on you by tracking and collecting your personal information. The
information collected often includes your user IDs, passwords, name
and address. Your computer can become infected with spyware through
email attachments or from free content that you download from a
website. Spyware is often installed on your computer without your
Anti-spyware software can detect these programs running on your
computer and clean your machine.
- Have and always use up-to-date anti-spyware
- Register new anti-spyware software immediately
and sign up for automatic notification of product updates if the
software vendor offers that option.