Malware or otherwise malicious software is any code which is meant to harm your machine and tamper its smooth performance. Not just aiming at a machine, malwares can run across internet to destruct websites, e-com stores, and also valuable data. There are various types of malwares like viruses, trojans, spyware, ransomware, and worms to name a view, which can affect your personal PC or company’s computers.
Every day, thousands of users are falling prey to some or other types of malware attacks. Sometimes, some malwares spread like anything and affect millions of computers and spoils entire repute of big organizations. For the last one decade, there at least two or more major malware threats reported in any given year, and so you and your machines are no exception. However, many out there don’t know the impact of malware and what happens next once if you are under attack. Let’s first see how malware affects.
A malware may work in different adverse ways and various malwares may have different capabilities. Here, we will see the impact of some common malwares and how they affect your computer and what all symptoms you need to look for to suspect a possible malware infection of your computer.
Data is the most important asset of any business and it is so crucial and sensitive also in care of healthcare data or the financial data of individuals. On checking the statistics, one can find that there was about 1000 major data breaches reported in the last one year itself. Do data or Information theft is the most serious and costly affect of malware.
One having a piece of malicious code running in action, you may find the impact of it begins with consumption of a big chunk of the memory of your machine. There are many malware which may get replicated instantly and occupy the entire hard drive space by laving now space for the legitimate programs. This may finally lead to a slow performing computer and an ultimate crash down.
Some malwares may damage or remove files or important programs from your computer. Unless the data is protected and backed in a secondary hard drive or cloud, you may not be able to regain access to these files in case of a cyber attack.
You will find lack of storage, freezing or crashing of drives, unwanted programs and pop-ups, spamming etc. as symptoms of malware attack.
So, anyone who uses computer should install anti-virus software or anti-malware programs to identify and remove possible malwares. It is also important to perform regular checks by running these anti-malware programs to mitigate the malware risk. If you run an organization with many PCs, then it is important to provide regular training also to employees about malware security threats and measures to avoid it. Also never click on any unknown pop-ups or links. Along with these, always keep your system up to date as hundreds of new malware threats are being reported on a day-to-day basis.