Malware is an all-encompassing term that includes many forms of intentionally malicious software. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, scareware, spyware, cryptocurrency miners, adware, and other programs intended to exploit computer resources for nefarious purposes.
Signs that your computer may be infected by malware or a virus:
- Your PC is running unusually slow.
- Ads are popping up even when your browser isn't running.
- Your default browser home page has changed.
- Anti-spyware and/or antivirus applications aren't working correctly.
- Presence of rogue antivirus packages that state that the computer is infected.
- Bundled Free Software Programs
- File Sharing, BitTorrent, and other Peer-to-peer File Sharing Services
- Removable Media (USB flash drives, external hard drives, CDs, and DVDs)
- Scareware - Software pretending to be a security alert that tricks a user into installing it
- Microsoft Security Essentials (FREE) - http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials
- Microsoft Defender (Built into Windows 8 & Windows 10)
McAfee Virus Scan or Symantec Antivirus
- Both are available for purchase at https://highlightreviews.com/antivirus-software – make sure you purchase a subscription to the software’s update service so that your software has the most up-to-date virus definitions.
- Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus & Norton Antivirus – available for discounted purchase at http://wfu.onthehub.com.
- Malwarebytes for Mac: - https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/mac/
- Sophos for Mac: software.wfu.edu
Antivirus/anti-malware software for university-issued laptops (Faculty/Staff):
- PC laptops and desktops are protected by Cisco AMP for Endpoints.
- Apple laptops and desktops are protected by Cisco AMP for Endpoints.