Caution ‒ many websites spread malware

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Caution ‒ many websites spread malware

Even if a website has the same name as the software service you are looking for and even if the extension is correct, this is by no means a guarantee that the website is reputable. There are still many things that can go wrong, so malicious software can end up on your own PC or cell phone. Unfortunately, there are always scammers who register exactly such domains and use them maliciously. Many people have already fallen into the trap. This is how the malicious software ends up directly on the computer.

The malicious pages give the appearance of being legitimate and the searcher actually thinks they have found the software they are looking for. If this is downloaded, the problem has already arisen. That is why it is recommended to always double-check when it comes to software and downloads. Therefore, it is recommended to always choose the official website for downloading various software projects. Reliable help is provided by Wikipedia, for example. The official pages of various projects and companies are listed there. So these are trustworthy sources.

Contaminated files are everywhere

However, such contaminated files are not only found on the dubious websites, but often in fraudulent emails as well. Under no circumstances should the malicious software be downloaded onto the computer or cell phone. Otherwise, problems are guaranteed to occur. Malicious software can collect and pass on sensitive data, such as bank information or passwords. The infected device is attacked again and again. Alternatively, the use of the device can be completely prevented until money is paid for it.

Definition of a malicious website

A so-called malicious website tries to bring malicious software to the computer or cell phone. At the same time, the personal data is also collected. In the worst case, access to the device is subsequently no longer possible. However, it is not uncommon for such a download to go unnoticed. The user does not even have to give permission. Such pages look just like legitimate websites. In rare cases, the user is prompted to actually install the software because the computer seems to absolutely need it. The situation is similar with video websites that require a special codec. However, this is exactly how sensitive data is compromised.

The unnoticed download from the website

Even scarier than a malicious website is an unnoticed download. However, these two unpleasant situations can also be in combination with each other. For example, if a malicious email is retrieved and opened, or a website is opened, an unnoticed installation of the malicious software often occurs. However, the user has not done much for it. Besides, it is difficult for any installed antivirus software to identify and detect this problem. There is often a trick behind it. The malicious code is usually hidden very deep in the website. Once the download is made to the smartphone or tablet or the computer, it is very difficult to remove it.

Protection against an unnoticed download from a malicious website

·       Install good defense software
·       Always keep software up to date - especially the operating system
·       Install codec from secure sources only
·       Do not open suspicious emails
·       Do not open a link in an email if it is dubious
·       Stay away from a dubious URL address
·       Avoid suspicious websites

Such malicious websites are one of the newest and most frightening threats from the Internet. Unfortunately, there are always cases of immense damage. Due caution and care are therefore required.