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How often do viruses attack your personal files


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#1 bigbrown411

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:17 PM

Picture files, video files, music files, gaming files, etc.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:16 AM

No virus attacks at a certain time,what you need to know is that whenever you get infected by spyware/malware/keylogger/trojan your personal files WILL be affected no matter what kinda virus is that,when it was injected and from where you got it.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:45 AM

It all depends on the type of virus. Most malware target just the executable files. But there is ransomware which intentionally encrypt your personal files and demands ransom to decrypt them.

 

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:46 AM

Well it depends on what type of malware you are dealing with. Backdoor Trojans and rootkits can take or steal information from your files, whereas a virus could infect your file with malicious code making them dangerous or worthless depending on how much and what they wrote. Also certain types of ransomware/screen locker Trojans can decrypt your files making them sometimes even impossible to get back.

As to how often this can happen, nobody knows, but if you browse safety and use protection against these threats then the chance is a lot lower. I would say to make a backup if these files and store them elsewhere, that way in case something does happen it's not the end for you files.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 05:10 AM

Also remember the worst of them require administrator privileges on the computer to do what they do.  It's more important than ever to not use an administrative account on the computer to browse the Internet - this includes email.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 05:45 AM

A Virus is a man-made program (small bits of programming code disguised as something else or buried in other codes) that causes an unexpected and usually undesirable event. A virus can replicate itself and is designed to automatically spread to other computer users. Viruses can be transmitted through email attachments, downloads or removable media such as CDs, DVDs, or USB drives. Depending on the maliciousness and skill of the virus creator, the damage caused by a virus will vary. Some viruses will spread its viral code into other programs, corrupt, modify or even erase files. Some viruses wreak their effect as soon as their code is executed while other viruses lie dormant until circumstances cause their code to be executed by the computer. Viruses are usually classified by various criteria to include origin, techniques, types of files they infect, where they hide, kind of damage they cause, etc.To fully understand what a virus does, you need to understand there are many other types of malware and that they differ from each other. If you are interested in learning that, please refer to Glossary of Malware Related Terms
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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:36 AM

Ransomeware encrypts your personal files and asks for money to de-encrypt

Rootkits obstruct OS's permissions and steal personal information,hiding their dirty work

Keyloggers capture your keystrokes

Spyware let's criminal access the victim's computer

Trojans...depends on their type

Every malware is desgined to steal personal info,not just for teh lulz



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:33 PM

Do you ever bother to read thoroughly?

I provided a link in my previous post which explains the various types of malware and what they do.
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:27 AM

It’s hard to say how often your files can get attacked by virus. Some viruses like Trojans & rootkits can remove information from your files; screen locker Trojans can decry-pt files in such a way that it becomes hard to recover them. Some viruses could infect your file with nasty code making them harmful and useless. So, in order to stay away from these problematic issues, it’s better to keep your system safe by installing some antivirus protection. There are many antivirus tools available in the market like Immunet Plus Protection, Norton 360, Kaspersky, Avast, Avira etc, that have free as well as paid version; which you can use for keeping your system free from viruses.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:30 AM

How often do viruses attack your personal files ?

 

Just read this in passing. Some excellent replies, especially by Quietman who always gives a thorough and explanatory reply to everybody in need.

 

But really ? The answer to your question is  fundamentally self explanatory, being - "As often as your selected security package and your own lack of vigilance lets them in".

 

Inflectional material does not wear a uniform, it operates with the greatest artistry in a covert undercover and highly camouflaged role. Often you don`t know it is there until you get hit.

 

The better your security package is and the more experienced and vigilant you personally are, the less likely you will become infected. The Internet is a minefield where one wrong step means - BANG, you`re gone !


Edited by yabbadoo, 19 September 2013 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

QM7's MODUS OPERANDI: "Knowledge and the ability to use it is the best defensive tool anyone could have. An uninformed user can be their own worst enemy when acting in ignorance."
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