Malware and viruses

Keeping your computer safe from malware and spyware

Con artists and fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in finding ways to access your personal and financial information online without your knowledge. One of the most insidious methods is through the use of unwanted, malicious software – generally referred to as malware – that’s installed without your knowledge on your computer. This can happen when you go to certain websites, download videos or files, etc.

These malware tools have different functions, but all are designed to extract valuable website use patterns, personal information and passcodes, without the knowledge or consent of the user. Other forms of malware include computer viruses and rootkits, worms, adware, Trojan Horses, spyware and other damaging and unwanted software.

While malware can be tough to detect – often installing on your computer when you download software or a game from the web – you aren’t defenceless against it. Find out more about spyware, viruses and other forms of malware, and what you can do to protect yourself and your computer.

Viruses and rootkits

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