Why do I need anti-virus and anti-spyware software?
It is critical to ensure that your computer is running software that protects against malicious software (malware). This software - which includes viruses, spyware, or other unwanted software - can try to install itself on your computer any time you visit a dubious site or click a link on an unsolicited e-mail.
Type of malware that attempts to extort money from a computer user by infecting or taking control of a victim’s machine or the files or documents stored on it.Typically, ransomware will:
- Lock the computer to prevent normal usage or encrypt the documents and files to prevent access to the saved data.
- Prevents you from accessing Windows and other devices.
- Encrypts files so you can not use them.
- Stops certain applications or programs from running.
Click here for more information on ransomware and ways to protect yourself.
Important note: Windows 8 and Windows 10 come with Microsoft's Windows Defender installed. This software helps identify and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software and notifies you when you need to take specific action. You can also use it anytime to scan for malware if your computer is not working properly or if you clicked a suspicious link online or in an e-mail message. However, Defender will disable itself when/if you install other antivirus software.
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