Many computer users are unfamiliar with the term Malware and instead often use “computer virus” for all types of malware, including true viruses. Software is considered malware based on the perceived intent of the creator rather than any particular features. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware, crime-ware and other malicious and unwanted software.Common forms of Malware which we have seen over the past year have included the metropolitan police Malware.
Malware is a virus program that flashes up upon the user’s screen, advising the computer user that the met police have caught them and are aware that they have been downloading illegal music or movies. It’s not possible to get rid of this and use the computer unless you agree to pay the police fine and enter your card details. I prefer to call this type of malware, “scamware”.
Another very common form of malware is a program that imitates an antivirus product and warns your repeatedly that your computer is being attacked and that there are hundreds or thousands of viruses. If you are lucky enough to get past this screen and continue to use the laptop, it will keep flagging up every few min reminding you. If you click to remove the viruses, you are advised that you have to purchase the product, which would be a big mistake to make. Once they have your card details they will most likely attempt to empty your account and you still won’t get rid of the viruses.