Having an email address for a long time which can incur many spam emails and virus attached to emails. The longer you have had your email address the quicker you realise not all of these spam emails are harmless. Email addresses are a great target for spam but also great targets for hackers as a way to send viruses and get all your personal information.
The popular way of spreading viruses via email is through infected attachments. They can do anything from installing new toolbars and pop-ups to deleting system files. Infected attachments can either macro viruses attached to emails that are embedded into software applications such as MS Word or executable programs.
The more common type of virus attachments to emails are executable files. These attachments come in file forms such as .com, .zip, .exe and many more. If the email address is an unusual one and it asks you to download file, think twice before going though with the download.
Infected emails can also give you a virus through making you click on a link to a website. Once on the website, you may be given a file virus through forced download. The most effective way to handle this is not to click any links that come from email addresses you don’t recognize. Further if you click on an infected link, you will need to have an antivirus program up and running.
Executable programs are more of a problem than macro viruses as with macro viruses MS word can repair the problem through their updates. Some antivirus programmes can detect and attack threats to MS word but it doesn’t mean they are safe just because they are updated.
Cyber criminals are experienced to embed VBA code to a word document. This can cause the program to execute the executable file without warning. This is more harmful if you have an old version on MS software. Just be careful with any MS word documents you are downloading.
Some viruses have been specifically developed to spread via emails which mean you have to be very careful of any unusual emails you come across. If you feel uneasy about an email don’t open it. If it seems unusual and comes with an attachment, you can always save it and scan it through your antivirus software first to be safe. Once clear you can download the attachment.
Having these attachments viruses can corrupt your system and once downloaded can be difficult to remove. If you are in this situation you need PcKey Callout to get you system up and running in top form and virus free.
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