Avoiding destructive computer viruses
M&T can help you combat inevitable cyber threats.
What is malware?
Malware is harmful software that cybercriminals trick victims into installing and then use to gain access to sensitive information. Cybercriminals use many methods to coax people into clicking a link that leads to malware installation or opening an attachment that contains a virus. There are numerous types of malware. Ransomware is a form of malware that, when activated, encrypts or locks all the files on a computer or network. The cybercriminal will then demand a ransom to restore access to the files. Another virus malware type, spyware, maliciously monitors a user’s computer behavior and then replicates that behavior to steal information.
To detect malware attacks, note how your computer is operating. If it’s running slower than usual, crashing regularly or otherwise performing unusually, your computer may be infected with malware. M&T Bank has solutions to help you minimize loss and the risk of future attacks.
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How do I detect malware?
To detect malware, look for abnormalities in your computer’s operation. If it is running slower than normal, crashing repeatedly or performing in other unusual ways, you may be the victim of a malware attack. Cybercriminals use sophisticated phishing and social engineering techniques to lure victims to unknowingly download viruses, ransomware, spyware and other harmful software known as malware. Once the malware is installed, the cybercriminal can use it to steal sensitive information, install more malware and demand money to unlock encrypted data.
Some of the common ways that victims unknowingly download malware is by clicking on unsolicited links, opening unsolicited attachments and downloading free movies, shows or games. You can automatically check for malware by installing security software on your computer. Just be sure to do your research. Some software claiming to be for security is actually malware.
If you’ve been the victim of a malware attack, M&T Bank can help. We have solutions to help you minimize loss and the risk of future attacks.