Beware of the Hidden Threats of Corrupted Software Files!

From a minimal calendar app, to a jazzy media player or a popular PC game, we all love downloading freebies from the Internet. And this common interest of ours is just well too known by attackers.

Beware of the Hidden Threats of Corrupted Software Files

Downloadable files on the Internet are one of the most common mediums used by attackers to transmit viruses and malware. An attacker can insert a malicious code into a file which could be a word doc, image, or any other file which is normally considered to be innocuous. Once the attacker has compromised a file, they may distribute it via an email, websites, torrent link, social media channels, etc. The type of malicious code launched by the attacker depends on the end result they want to achieve. For instance, if a hacker is after your personal information like usernames, passwords, bank account information, etc., then they would trick you into downloading a spyware-infected file on your computer. Once inside the system, the spyware will collect all possible information about you and pass it on the attacker.

So, what common problems can corrupted software cause?

Depending on the malicious code the software has been corrupted with, the problems may vary. However, most malicious codes are designed to perform one or more of the following functions:

  1. Slowing down your computer. Infected machines may start freezing frequently, and become unresponsive.
  2. Corrupting the core files of the infected computer.
  3. Stealing data stored in the computer, and information related to the user’s Internet activities.
  4. Allowing other viruses and malware to gain entry into the system.
  5. Giving partial or full access of the computer to the attacker.
  6. Using the infected computer as a bot to attack other victims.
  7. Redirecting users to fake websites and stealing their login ID and passwords, even financial details.
  8. Causing the computer to use too much memory and resources than normally required.
  9. Causing random files to go missing without your knowledge.

Safety Tips

1. The most important measure to take is to be extremely choosy about free software available on the Internet. Before downloading any type of application, ensure that you

  1. Do a quick research on the software, its user reviews and ratings.
  2. Ensure that the site you are downloading the software from is well-known and trusted.

2. While installing the software, check if it’s from a verified publisher. If it’s not, then do not proceed.

unverified publisher

3. Install an antivirus software in your PC. When you are going for it, ensure that the software offers protection against unsafe websites, infected files downloaded online, emails that carry infected links or attachments, and all types of virus and malware infections.

4. Be skeptical about unwanted or unknown emails. Even if the sender seems familiar, exercise caution if the email talks about something which you were not expecting or have no prior knowledge about.

5. Apply software updates whenever available. This is more important with Windows security updates that are released periodically. Doing so will fix any security holes that might be present in your system. Security holes are a hacker’s prime method to get their malicious code to execute on a victim’s machine. It is strongly recommended to always keep the Windows Automatic Updates ON.

Windows automatic updates

Related information

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INDRAJIT GHOSAL
INDRAJIT GHOSAL
5 years ago

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bhavesh saiya
bhavesh saiya
5 years ago

use ful informastion.

bhavesh saiya
bhavesh saiya
5 years ago

I HAVE VIRUS IN MY PC WHEN I STARTED PC THAN HE ACTIVATE MESSAGE DISPALY ON SCREEN THAT tirsaeme has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
TELL MICROSOFT ABOUT THIS PROBLEM

Samarjit Sinha
Samarjit Sinha
5 years ago
Reply to  bhavesh saiya

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ammienida
ammienida
5 years ago

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Tara Chand
Tara Chand
5 years ago

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shiven
shiven
5 years ago

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dilip bera
dilip bera
5 years ago

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Kanishka
Kanishka
5 years ago

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Dr Sachindra Kanoria
Dr Sachindra Kanoria
5 years ago

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suresh
suresh
5 years ago

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Mahesh Kumar Soni
Mahesh Kumar Soni
5 years ago

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nilesh
nilesh
5 years ago

hi

i have a version 15.0 of quick heal and an update recently poped up to update my version to 16.0. It said it will reboot my present files and save the files on the new version.
Is this true or a fake!! Does the site for quick heal start with https or http?? Please guide me!!

Ramesh
Ramesh
5 years ago

Following warning message from Quick Heal Antivirus Pro which keeps popping up every now and then

“Website you are visiting may be harmful
Website:- nersojooker.com/ads.php

Access to Website is blocked for your protection”

Please guide me as to how to get rid of this virus which has infected my PC.

KAVIN
KAVIN
5 years ago
Reply to  Rajib Singha

HI RAJIB SINGHA,

I TOO HAD A SAME PROBLEM LIKE MR.RAMESH.I AM HAPPY FROM YOUR REPLY. BUT THE NOTIFICATION IS COMING OFTEN FROM QUICK HEAL.CAN YOU SAY, HOW TO STOP THIS NOTIFICATION?..

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tejurawani
5 years ago

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mirza kaleem baig
mirza kaleem baig
5 years ago

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Imran
Imran
5 years ago

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mohdzeshaan
mohdzeshaan
5 years ago

Thanks

mohdzeshaan
mohdzeshaan
5 years ago
Reply to  mohdzeshaan

Thanks Information for Quick Heal & Windows7 Updates. My PC is Very Good Speed.

Sandeep Bhaip
Sandeep Bhaip
5 years ago

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tushar desale
tushar desale
5 years ago

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Debashis Naik
Debashis Naik
5 years ago

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Yunana Malo
Yunana Malo
5 years ago

Very useful. I have been a victim of this problem. Thanks for sharing the information!

Raj kundan kumar
Raj kundan kumar
5 years ago

i have some problem for my pc my downloading is not safe pls help me

zameer
zameer
5 years ago

Very good

alpana kakati
alpana kakati
5 years ago

my internet is so slow these days………. just not able to log on to facebook………. so difficult logging on to facebook……… today till now i tried to log twice during day but failed…….will try now…………lets see…….i do not download any software or games or application myself………. i only use this laptop………….kindly help…………thank you…………alpana kakati

RAMAKRISHNA
RAMAKRISHNA
5 years ago

Really useful..the tips given are very informative to protect the computer from
malicious or suspicious software….A great job done by Quick Heal team

Ranjit Deheri
Ranjit Deheri
5 years ago

Thanks…………….

Rajesh Raval
Rajesh Raval
5 years ago

Nice

Rajesh Raval
Rajesh Raval
5 years ago

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Shyam Sundar
Shyam Sundar
5 years ago

Quick Heal is good.

Jayant
Jayant
5 years ago

Nice

Jayant
Jayant
5 years ago

Thanks

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

can someone help me with this? my pc crashes (shuts down) after about 30 minutes of use. sometimes it takes about 5 minutes to boot. I did a virus scan but it came up empty.

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Hi Bill,

We request you to contact our technical support team. They will help you resolve this issue as soon as possible. You can reach them here – https://www.quickheal.co.in/submitticket.

Regards.

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