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How to protect your PC completely

In May, 2017, the global community was thrown into shock mode when news filtered in that a team of hackers called the Lazarus group from the secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had released a Cyberattack codenamed WannaCry Ransomware.

Before anything could tangible could be done, over 200,000 people in as many as 150 countries of the world had already been hit by the WannaCry computer Ransomware. According to the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA), the ultimate aim of the cyberattack was to extort money for the Kim Jong Un’s cash strapped regime. The cyberattack hadn’t yelded the kind of money the perpetrators had hoped for as all they could lay their hands on was only $140,000 stored in bitcoins, a very paltry figure when compared with last years’ virtual bank heist that occurred in Bangladesh, the attackers also believed to be from North korea had smiled to their dungeon with a humongous figure of $80 million.

The combination of wannaCry worm virus with Ransomware: a first of its kind shows the growing sophistication of the hackers. Its way of operation is to obfuscate the victims’ computer data through encryption before proceding to demand for “ransome” (their own fixed amount of money) before you would be allowed to regain access to your own personal computer.

Again in 2016, another hacking team known as the Shadow Brokers had penetrated the United States’ National Security agency, got hold of classified information in their data base and had audaciously pasted them all over the cyberspace. A calculated move that was meant to shame the highly regarded government intelligence agency.

Another of such high profile cyber attack was launched against Sony pictures in 2014 when the company was about to go public with a film titled “The interview”. The attack was as successful to the Lazarus Group as it was hugely embarrasing to Sony Pictures, with details of personal emails, closed door memos and fat pay checks of company executives completely exposed with impunity.

Just like the way Osama Bin Laden through the Al Queda terror group attacked the World Trade Center in New York as well as the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. A calculated move to show Americans that they are all vunerable to terror attacks. Cyber terrorists on their own also do select high profile government agencies and companies to attack, aside the Ransomware and a few others that are basically driven by monetry gains, others could be for nefarious reasons like Cyber bullying, political reasons, terrorism etc, and the most effective way to pass their message will be to attack such highly regarded establishments.

Records show that Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and there are indications as well that more of such Cyberattacks will be unleashed in the coming years with increased damage. Investigations also revealed that hackers took advantage of a security breach and algorithms that got leaked at the United States National Security Agency and are now using the tools as a vital weapon in attacking windows based operating systems.

How To Ensure That Your Computer is Safe From Cyber attacks

  • Make sure that your windows software is up to date
  • Always scan your computer anti virus and also make sure its up to date
  • Always ensure you have a back up for vital data
  • Always scan incoming and outgoing emails in case of malicious contents in them
  • For companies and large businesses, make sure that employees are enlightened about ways to decipher malicious contents and avoid them
  • Don’t download software from unknown or suspicious sources.

How To Ensure that Your Computer is Safe from Viruses, Spyware and Hackers

The importance of internet can never be overemphasized because the world today depends so much on the internet. If peradventure internet ceases to exist today, the worlds economy will collapse and sink into an unprecedented depression while lots of people will lose their lives with massive destruction to properties. Also, extensive damage that could lead to great financial loss and psychological trauma could result from any malicious attack by virus, spyware or even hackers.

So it becomes imperative for us to really go the extra mile in ensuring that our computer systems are well protected.

While viruses can wipe out important files, hackers can infiltrate and steal classified and personal information, and thereafter either blackmail you, embarrass you or even extort money from you among others. On the other hand, someone can also target you by accessing your computer and deleting vital information.
As we browse on our computer, a lot of things takes place passively like paid advertisement, data collection from diverse sources and other pop ups that not only distract us but could also be potential enemy territory loaded with landmines. We should also try and avoid certain programs that can lead to spyware installation you are not privy to.

Lets begin with Spyware, so what is spyware?

Another name for spyware is adware, and it is a kind of software that usually subverts and do things you do not really want like sending unsolicited pop up ads to your computer, redirecting your browser to strange web pages, spys on the web pages you browse and several other pirate acts.

How To Detect If Spyware Is Already Installed In Your Computer

One can decipher if a spyware is already installed in their PC by observing the following:

  • Does your computer sometimes become annoyingly slow when you do some basic tasks like trying to save some files, log into some programs and other similar things
  • Random pop up pages always comes up when you are browsing the internet
  • Strange websites suddenly appear on your screen rather than the one you keyed in
  • Strange toolbars suddenly emerge on your browser
  • Strange icons suddenly emerge on your computers task bar
  • The home page of your browser is changed automatically
  • Your normal search engine browser changes when you try to surf the internet
  • Random keys of of your keyboard no longer functions effectively when you hit on them
  • Weird error messages starts appearing on your computer

Here the ways through which you can prevent spywares from invading your computer

  • Never click on strange links that appear in some pop up pages. This is one of the major ways spyware can infiltrate your computer system. When you encounter such risky pages, you just go ahead and close the page by clicking the red box on your title bar and avoid any close option they may conviniently appear on the pop up page.
  • Ignore or just close any unsolicited poll or questionaire that suddenly crops up and demands your attention.
  • Some strange softwares offering free downloads or other attractive features to enhance your computer should be totally ignored as they could only be a decoy to get you trapped when you click on them or download them.
  • Avoid the lure to download files from sites whose credibility you are not sure of, doing so might put you at risk of unintentionally downloading spyware into your computer system
  • Ignore links from any source you are not absolutely sure of, advising you to click on them to enable you protect your computer spyware, they are sometimes reverse psychology con ways to catch you offguard and lure you into exactly the same thing they claim to be protecting you from!

However, if unfortunately it happens that you have fallen victim to Spyware, don’t worry so much because below are ways through which you could successfully have them removed from your computer.

Effective Ways To Remove Spyware From Your Computer System

  • Completely scan your computer system with a reliable anti virus software
  • Scan with any custom made software from reputable company designated for spyware eradication

Another risk factor that can cause serious damage to our computer system is Virus, so what is a computer virus?

Computer Virus can be reffered as any type of malicious software programme also termed as malware, that could infect your computer system and thereafter replicates and proliferates itself by destructively changing other important computer programs while inserting its own code.

This negative and unwanted change can lead to damage or loss of vital documents. A computer virus can easily be contracted from third party external devices or from online sources like flash drives, emails, disk etc and known to those at the receiving end, it may lie dormant while doing damage to your files and programs.

Below are ways though which you can detect if Virus had infiltrated your computer

  • Your computer system suddenly appears slow for no explicable reason
  • Programs or files stored in your computer are no longer accessible
  • Your browser no longer functions efficiently but rather acts in annoying ways like refusing to open, closes abruptly on its own volition, can no longer open websites or becomes selective in opening only certain websites
  • Random rebooting of your computer without you promting it
  • Files become corrupted and useless or goes missing completely