Picture this. You’re browsing the web when, BAM, a message pops up on your screen telling you that your computer is infected with a virus. You try to close the message, but it keeps coming back. What do you do here? How are you going to get rid of the message? In the message, you notice an 800 number to call with the promise that they will get you back up and running again.
Is Download.com a reliable source for popular apps or a cesspool of bloatware? A lot of times, free software comes bundled with other trial software. This serves to help put some money in the pockets of developers who create the free software. Today, I spin up a virtual machine and see what happens when I install the top 10 apps on Download.com.
CryptoWall is one of the more frightening types of malware. It encrypts your files and holds them hostage until you pay up. If you don’t pay within the allotted time, your data could be lost and gone forever. Fortunately, CryptoWall is easy to prevent and, with proper planning, easy to recover from.