Monday, 11 March 2013

The Dangers of Downloads – How to Avoid Malware

I recently downloaded a well recognised piece of software which unfortunately had, snuggled in beside it, a search engine I didn’t want and didn’t need, which I then couldn’t get rid of until my computer ‘man who does’ came in and sorted it for me.

How to avoid malware? – in this era of fast downloads and thinking that you can multitask online is not easy.  Many free pieces of software now have these companions (who have paid to be there) and because you know the name of the software you just click on ‘download’ without suspecting anything.  Even recognised download facilities offer you more than you initially want.

The answer is, of course, to be very careful where you download software from and if at all possible only download from the generic source.  As this isn’t always possible one good place is Download.com, from where you are extremely unlikely to pick anything up although you will still get other offers.  For anything you download take it one step at a time, and if you are offered any add-ons refuse them or think very carefully and do some research.

Another way to avoid malware is to download (!) Malwarebytes (and by the way you’ll see that you’re taken straight to download.com to get it). 

One of the problems of these unwanted pieces of software is that you won’t find them as programs in your control panel, they’re too insidious for that, and they can propagate across all of your browsers.

There are thousands of 'avoid and deal with malware’ ads all over the web.  Mostly with downloads.  Just make sure you don’t get more than you bargained for….

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