Protect Your Computer from Malware | Federal Trade Commission

Would it surprise you to learn
that millions of computers in the US are infected
with malware? That’s a lot of computers. So what’s malware, and
why should you care? Malware, short for malicious
software, includes viruses and spyware that get installed on
your computer or mobile device without you knowing it. Criminals use malware to steal
personal information and commit fraud. For example, they may use
malware to steal the login information for your online
accounts or to hijack your computer and use it
to send spam. An infected computer can lead
to serious problems, like identity theft. The good news, there’s a lot you
can do to protect yourself and your computer. One of the most important steps
you can take, install security software from a
reliable company and set it to update automatically. The bad guys constantly develop
new ways to attack your computer, so your
software must be up to date to work. Set your operating system and
your web browser to update automatically too. If you’re not sure how, use the
help function and search for automatic updates. Don’t buy security software in
response to unexpected calls or messages, especially if they
say they scanned your computer and found malware. Scammers send messages like
these to trick you into buying worthless software, or worse,
downloading malware. What else can you do? Use a pop up blocker,
and don’t click on links and popups. Don’t click on links or open
attachments in emails unless you know what they are, even if
the emails seem to be from friends or family. Download software only from
websites you know and trust. Free stuff may sound appealing,
but free downloads can hide malware. Make sure your web browser’s
security setting is high enough to detect unauthorized
downloads. For example, use at least the
medium security setting. Even if you take precautions,
malware can find its way onto your computer. So be on the lookout
for these signs. Your computer runs slowly,
drains its battery quickly, displays unexpected errors or
crashes, it won’t shutdown or restart, it serves a lot of
popups, takes you to web pages you didn’t visit, changes your
home page, or creates new icons or toolbars without
your permission. If you suspect malware, stop
doing things that require passwords or personal
info, such as online shopping or banking. Use a different computer, maybe
one at work or at your local library, to change
your passwords. Update your security software
and run a system scan. Delete files it flags
as malware. If you can’t fix the problem on
your own, get help from a professional. Your computer manufacturer or
internet service provider may offer free tech support. If not, contact a company or
retail store that provides tech support. Keep in mind, the most important
thing you can do to prevent malware is to
keep your computer software up to date. And remember, it’s easy to find
trusted information about computer security. Just visit,
the federal government site to help you stay safe, secure,
and responsible online.

27 thoughts on “Protect Your Computer from Malware | Federal Trade Commission

  1. Avast is probably the best Malware and Virus blocker you can get for free. This isn't a scam or anything I actually use it. You can contact me on youtube if you don't believe me. Download it here if you want to try it out. Replace (dots) and spaces.
    avast (dot) com / en-gb / get / O0QPef57

  2. COME ON ARE YOU PEOPLE BRAIN DEAD…  it doesn't matter whether your computer is up to date, if you downloaded something, if you have the best antivirus, if your security settings is on medium or high,  even if your doing something illegal or NOT. it is the government that want 's unauthorised access to your computer.  if the N.S.A want's to tap your computer, THEY WELL TAP IT…

  3. That is why I HATE malware and that is why I wished malware doesn't exist. All they ever do is put viruses, threats, adware, spyware and other malware-relating stuff on your computer without knowledge, malicious programs come on your computer, crashes your computer and other ones malware do. And I really hate when malware does that.

  4. I have malware it wont let me go on my favorite website it just says threat blocked and I cant use it on any other browsers and its saying malware-gen infection

  5. Look at all these cartoon graphics that could "POSSIBLY APPEAL TO CHILDREN". It seems like this video is in violation of the FTC rules for youtube videos in that it could "POSSIBLY APPEAL TO CHILDREN". Maybe the FTC should fine it self $42,000 per video that has cartoon graphics in it.

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