Common Places to get Viruses

As we all know, adult sites are a common place to get viruses, scareware, spyware, and malware, but where else are common places to get computer infections?

One of the most common locations on the web to get a virus or malware infection is through emails from social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn and even emails from trusted friends.  There are viruses that when they affect your computer will send emails to all your contacts in your email address book asking them to click a link or download an attachment.  The link is usually something titled in a way to tempt you to click it or download it, such as “Check out our new family photo”.  Virus developers also love to use sites like Facebook and Twitter to send legit looking emails full of these trick tactics such as “Click here to find out who is viewing your profile”.

Other common websites besides adult sites that are common breeding ground for viruses are pretty much anything offering something for free.  As the old saying goes “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”, the same applies for sites offering free services, information, or downloads.  This often includes ringtone sites, gaming cheats or codes sites, music or lyric sites, driver sites and even sites promising to speed up your computer.

But possibly the most common place viruses are obtained are through Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Programs.  These programs include Limewire, Frostwire, Bearshare, Bit Torrent, etc.  This follows the same concept as “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” rule.  Many of the downloads are mislabeled.  You may think you’re downloading something legitimate but instead you are inadvertently downloading a virus or a virus attached along with the file you’re seeking.

If you think you may have fallen victim to one of these scams, we can always give you a hand.  Just call our office for a free consultation and for tips on how to prevent future infections.

Safe Surfing,

Matthew Kulp
Laughing Rock Technology

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