Could Malware Be To Blame For Your Slow Computer?

By Jerry Bowman

The term malware has been thrown around the internet loosely and most people actually aren’t aware of exactly what it means since they tend to just categorize it with viruses. Malware is any type of software that enters your computer without you knowing and performs bad actions. This is why the “mal” in malware stands for malicious. Spyware, a term that has become associated with malware, is software that is used to collect data on a user such as usernames, passwords and credit card information.

Unfortunately a lot of computer have malware running on them and the users aren’t even aware of it. And to top it all off, malware can be one of the biggest reasons as to why your computer runs slowly. This is why I recommend that you have software installed on your computer that you use regularly that will remove and protect you against malware. I personally use two different pieces of software that each perform a specific part of malware protection. To make it even better, the both of them are free.

The first program is called Malware Bytes Anti-Malware (just do a Google search for them). This is the program that I use to scan my computer of any malware infections on the computer and it works perfectly. When you download the program, just perform a full scan so that it look through all of the files on your hard drive to see if they are malware or malware related. After that scan is done, if you want to do another scan in the future, a simply quick scan should do the trick.

The second program that I use is called Spyware Blaster (just do a Google search for it). This is a program that is used to protect your computer by trying to stop programs from getting their way into your computer. All you have to do is to just download and install the program and it will provide you with full protection. Just make sure to click on the Protection Status button and select Enable All Protection (its at the bottom). There is however, one downside to using the free version of this software – you have to manually go in and update it. Just click on the Updates button and select Check for Updates.

If you were to run a scan of your computer when you first download Malware Bytes Anti-Malware its very typical of you to get about 250 or maybe even more infections (assuming you have used your computer for a few months or longer without running a scan for malware). This is why it is critical that you perform maintenance on your computer at regular intervals.

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