Malware In Windows® Update®
How does malware affect Windows Update
Malware is a short form of malicious software, where it tries to infiltrate the computer system without the user’s knowledge. Malware can be in any form like virus, worms, Trojan horse, dishonest adware, crimeware, or rootkits. Malware may reside in any of the system irrespective of the operating system on which the system is working. If the system is running on Windows operating system then we say that the system contains malware.
Effect of malware on Windows operating system:
- Sources of malware
- Symptoms of malware infected system
- Malware affects Windows update
- Tips to avoid malware infections
Sources of malware
Malware often comes in a bundled with other programs. These malware usually pop-up ads by sending revenue from the ads to the program’s author. Some malware are attached to various documents which we download from the Internet saying that it is a necessary to download this file for running the document efficiently. Even by visiting a wrong or infected web site can cause the system to get infected by the malware. Once the system is infected by the malware then it becomes very difficult to remove as it gets multiplied and infects all the drives, files, and complete system. There are different types of malware like adware, spyware, hijackers, toolbars and dialers.
Symptoms of malware infected system
System gets slowed down if infected by malware. Even some times system gets crashed down. Frequent cause of pop-ups and other unsolicited advertising appear on the computer. The sensitive data is endangered due to malware.
Malware affects Windows update
As malware is malicious software which infects the system irrespective of the operating system. The Windows operating system are also affected by this malware but also Windows updates are infected. For example, the patch that was released recently carried malware that affects Windows kernel, which makes either the complete programs or entire operating system useless. Generally, we select the option of updating Windows manually or automatically. But if we select an automatic update then the chances of system getting infected by malware is more. And if system is infected by malware then the result will be that system will slow down, system crash will happen or the system’s operating system will be useless.
Tips to avoid malware infections
Since malware attaches itself to any kind of file or document it is advisable not to share any kind of file through Internet or local area network (LAN). If you find any mail containing malicious attachment then never open such mails. If you get frequent pop-ups while accessing Internet then you must cancel or close the button of the pop-ups and not view those pop-ups. Always avoid any kind of free downloads as they may be infected. Try to download any free software from trusted sites only. Always use antivirus program and good firewalls whenever you are using your Internet or surfing any kind of document which is in local area network.
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