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The Malware Menace The Malware Menace Presentation Transcript

  • Avoiding Viruses, Spyware, Adware & Other Malware
    The Malware Menace…
  • What’s a computer virus?
    A virus is a small piece of software that piggybacks on real programs and does something you didn’t intend it to do.
    Spread easily and quickly via
    Email
    Flash drive
    Documents/files on network
    Browser/Internet
    Most common ones are “worms”
  • What is spyware?
    Like a virus but it monitors your actions and uses them against you later
    Personal info
    Passwords
    Account info
    Identity theft
  • Adware & Trojans
    Programs that tell you they do one thing and do another
    Koobface virus
    Popup ads
    Fake antivirus scans
  • What protection do we have?
    Common sense!
  • Avoiding Malware on Your Nobi
    Avoid “mindless surfing” on the Internet
    Don’t click on anything unless you KNOW what it is.
    Don’t use filesharing applications or websites.
    Don’t share flash drives.
    Don’t install software.
    Don’t open emails, especially attachments, from strangers.
    Run Panda & Windows defender scans (quick – weekly, full – monthly).
  • Avoiding Malware on Your Nobi
    Keep pop-up blocker turned on in any browser
    Always click the red “x” in the upper right corner.
    The “cancel” or “close” button in the pop-up might have unintended effects.
    Force quit (alt F4 or ctrl alt del  Task manager  application) if something suspicious pops up.
    If you get a message from your computer warning you that it is infected and you need to download software to remove the virus, don’t do it.
    Don’t mess w/security settings on ANY application.
    If you use sites like Facebook:
    Don’t install applications on pages.
    Don’t click on links, images, or videos