How malicious software propagate itself to devices

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Here the seven ways malicious software uses to propagate itself….



Malicious software are dangerous software that are capable of damaging your device. Once you have contact with infected device and you are not taking precautionary measures, they are capable of spreading to other devices. Here are the ways they can spread from one device to another. Lets check them out.


First and foremost, I have said it in one of my articles, that once you log on to the internet , you are connected to network of networks. You can be infected from the internet if care is not taken. A malicious software can spread through email attachment that you are downloading from the internet. I will strongly recommend that you use email platforms that are reputable. Google and Yahoo for example make use of antivirus in scanning email attachments sent to you. That does not mean you should not scan email attachment before you open them. I will also advice you not to open email attachment from an unknown source. Be warned.




One other way of propagating malware is through flash drive. This happens to be the most common way of spreading dangerous software. Majority of people out there are fond of opening flash drive without scanning them. This is a very bad habit. No apologies. Couple with that some do scan flash drives with outdated antivirus software. You should know that viruses are been created everyday. That is why you should not joke with update of your anti-virus.


Most at times, a virus create autorun.inf file that is a system hidden and a read only file. Anytime you see a file with this extension, you should know it is a virus.When the user opens the pen drive files, the autorun.inf is executed and copies the virus files into the system.



Another way dangerous software use to spread itself is through infected websites. It is not all websites that are out there that you should visit. Many of them are created by hackers to steal personal information. When you visit such site, you are likely to install malicious software that are designed to steal personal information from the computer. I also said it in one of my articles that if you need to download updates, make sure you are doing that from the vendors website.


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One other way that bad software used to spread itself is through fake codec. There are some sites that you are prompted to download some stuffs before you can watch video or enjoy some features from the site, this codec at times might be a malicious program that would be downloaded onto the system. They are capable of damaging your device.




Furthermore, it can happen through sharing folders by any means possible can also aid the spread of malicious software to devices. This can also happen through network sharing, Once one device is infected, it is capable of contaminating other devices as well. 


Peer to Peer file sharing enables sharing of audio, music, images and other documents over the internet or internal networks. Shared files at time can contain security risks such as viruses , spyware and other malicious softwares. 


Attackers can share malware disguised as a useful application at times. If you download them without scanning, your device can be infected.


P2P networks can also be used to illegally distribute the copyrighted materials that may attract civil and/or criminal penalties.



Also, there are many people out there that still believe that the internet is the best place to look for free anti-virus, I beg to disagree with you. Even if you are going to use that as an option, make sure you are going to the vendors’ website. What I mean is that , if you want free avast, go to avast website to look for it. There are some of this free anti-virus site that are created by hackers. If you install their software into your system , they are are capable of stealing your vital information.



You should also note that downloading software, music, photos and videos from untrusted websites may also cause you to download a malicious software that are infected with worms, virus, trojan among others.


A large number of malicious applications are available over the internet with a description that may trick you to download them not knowing that they are viruses.


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