As malware continues to be a threat for all of us, it is even more critical in today’s world to be informed on how to choose the right anti-malware solution for your specific requirements. In this article, we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions the team at Web Companion receives on a daily basis.
What is the difference between malware and a virus?
The best way to think of the difference between a virus and malware is to remember the old banana expression “All bananas are fruits, but not all fruits are bananas.” The same holds true for malware and viruses. “all viruses are malware, but not all malware are viruses.” A virus is a type of malware; it is a malicious string of code that is created to replicate and infect your computer. Malware, on the other hand, is a catchall term used to describe ALL unwanted software that is designed to harm your system including – viruses, adware, pop-ups, worms, spyware, and Trojans.
I have an anti-virus solution do I need an anti-malware solution
Getting an anti-virus solution is an excellent first line of defence for your computer. However, with today’s internet, it is a prudent idea to install an additional anti-malware solution in order to augment your protection from a more diverse range of threats.
Anti-virus software is designed to protect, detect and remove particular malicious threats only after they have infected your computer. However, they can not always detect every single threat or defend against the most advanced types of malware, in the same way, anti-malware solutions like Web Companion can. Malware is designed to evade detection, which is why the anti-malware software must always be one step ahead of the hackers.
In summary, because anti-virus and anti-malware offer protection against different types of threats, they both should be used in parallel with one another to ensure top security.
I get ads popping up on my computer all of the time, why do I get it?
Your PC may be infected with adware. Malicious pop-ups within adware can be quite annoying but also highly detrimental to your system not to mention being a security risk. Malicious pop-ups can embed themselves in your web browser and cause all sorts of danger like changing your homepage as well as adding toolbars or embedding other types of malware.
While you could have gotten the adware anywhere you browsed, the most common method is that it was attached to an installed program like a game, or another type of freeware. Unfortunately, many people who do install freeware unwittingly get exposed adware resulting in an infinite supply of malicious pop-up ads.
Will installing two anti-malware solutions safeguard me against all malware infection?
Sometimes having more actually results in getting less. Installing two anti-malware solutions will not offer more protection; in fact, it may do the opposite; each solution may flag the other as malware. Your best bet is to use only one good anti-malware tool.
What is the best type of anti-malware solution?
While there are numerous types of anti-malware solutions on the market, it is always recommended to do your homework when making your selection. A good anti-malware solution will offer the following:
- Frequent definition updates
- Proactive protection
- A complete security solution
- A highly knowledgeable threat research team
- Detect, block and remove all forms of malware, including viruses, worms, adware, keyloggers, Trojan horses
- Easy to use features
- Easy to use interface to ensure your maximum protection
Stay tuned for more articles soon as the Web Companion team opens its vaults to answer more of your questions. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, we are here to help.