How to Defensive Against Common Malware Attacks

By Published On: September 21, 2023

how to defensive against common malware attacks

In order to defend against common malware attacks, organizations need to follow good cybersecurity hygiene. Just like personal hygiene, this means using security software and not downloading corrupted or malicious applications. This will ensure that your organization’s data and applications are kept safe and secure. Threat actors often use vulnerabilities to gain access to OSes or place malicious adware within preexisting applications. This type of malware can also sneak into your device, either through legitimate software bundles or by coming pre-installed.

Fireball malware

The Fireball malware is a common malware attack that infects computers with adware and browser hijackers. It has spread to over 250 million machines in the past few years. Its goal is to generate ad revenue by redirecting a computer’s web traffic. It also attempts to evade behavior-based detection. Because of its aggressive nature, Fireball has been known to cause widespread disruption to computer systems worldwide.


Trojans are a common type of malware that can be used to attack your computer. These attacks can be difficult to detect since they are usually hidden within your computer’s system memory. Nevertheless, it is important to know what to do if you think that your computer has been infected with a Trojan. First, you should check your PC Task Manager or Mac Activity Monitor for processes that are taking up CPU, RAM, or disk space.


Malware comes in many forms and is often difficult to detect and remove. One of the most common types of attack is called a Trojan horse. This application is disguised as a legitimate application, but actually delivers malware and infects other software on the computer. It usually downloads itself from the Internet or via an email attachment. Once inside, it attacks the computer’s operating system and hard drive. It does this by injecting itself into other software programs so that antivirus programs cannot detect it.


Worms are a type of malware that spreads by exploiting a vulnerability in an operating system. A successful worm infection can provide hackers with unprecedented access to a compromised machine. Unfortunately, these worms are not very long-lasting. Security experts consider all worms malware.

Trojan horses

Trojan horses are one of the oldest forms of malware attacks and are often used to spread other malicious software. These malicious software packages are usually disguised as harmless files to trick the user into downloading the malware. Once installed, Trojans can steal data, monitor user activity, or even destroy files. The best way to protect yourself from Trojan malware is to avoid downloading them at all.

Viruses disguised as legitimate files

Viruses are essentially computer programs that are designed to replicate themselves by inserting their own code into other computer programs. They usually enter devices through a security vulnerability or malicious links and files. Once inside, they can perform a variety of malicious actions, such as deleting files, altering applications, or preventing the operating system from functioning properly. Some types of viruses even use social engineering techniques to infect a computer.

Email harvesting

Email harvesting is a method of collecting email addresses from users. It can be performed through the use of an email virus. These viruses capture email addresses in a user’s address folder and send them to a malicious sender. These viruses also have a back end that allows them to send emails to other people on their list.

Bill Hogan - Partners Plus, Managed IT Services and IT Support

Bill Hogan is the Owner and President of Partners Plus. He has 40 years of experience in the technology industry, specifically IT support services. Bill has spoken at seminars all over the country about network management. Partners Plus was selected by PHL17 as the best Computer and Information Technology Support Company in the greater Philadelphia area in 2018.

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