Monthly Archives: February 2014

What’s the Difference between Malware, Viruses and Spyware?

The word malware is a combination of two words “malicious” and “software”. It is a generic term used to describe any hostile and intrusive software/programs including adware, spyware, worms, Trojans, and viruses normally targeted by software like Kaspersky, McAfee, and AVG. While all these infections harm our computers, they are not the same.

Is it a malware, virus or spyware

Malware, virus and sypware – which is which

Malware is becoming a more common term because of the wide variety of different threats to computers and the potential of an infection not being a virus but one of the other mentioned infections. If you’re not fully protected, the wrong bit of malware can compromise your machine or even lead to your personal information getting stolen by identity thieves.

The main purpose of this article is to discuss but a few differences and ways this harmful programs get into your computer and their general characteristics:

What Is A Virus/Malware

Computer virus the term that used to be generic in the earlier days of computers and the Internet. Any harmful software used to be branded as a virus; however, as more and more users became aware and exposed to the Internet, we started using the term “malware”. We use the word “virus” to describe a program that self-replicates after hooking itself onto other programs running in Windows. For example, a virus will attach itself to a program such as an office suite program like Word. Each time the Word program runs, the virus runs too, and it has the chance to reproduce and even attach itself to other programs. Further, we have email viruses:

An e-mail virus is transmitted as an attachment to e-mail message, and usually replicates itself by automatically mailing itself to dozens of people in the victim’s e-mail contacts’ book. Some e-mail viruses will not even require to be opened; In the event you just preview the infected email message, the virus becomes activated!

What Is Spyware

This is any software that covertly gathers user information through the user’s Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. However, it should be noted that the majority of shareware and freeware applications do not come with spyware. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about E-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers.

Mirekusoft Install Monitor puts you back in control of your system. It automatically monitors what gets placed on your system and allows you to uninstall it completely.

 

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Should you use cloud back up?

Cloud backup refers to backing up of data in a remote, online-based server. In essence, the server keeps copies of your hard drive on an online based location and for added security; the files will likely be encrypted rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard disk or physical optical media. No one has the ability to access those files unless they have an internet connection and a copy of the cloud service’s client software installed on their PC as well and corresponding credentials for the same.

A good online backup service may provide other benefits too, such as synchronizing of folders with your other computers and even mobile devices [by installing their associated proprietary software for the particular mobile platform] and generating links for files so you can share them with friends. A web view on your files will make them easily accessible from any device and location as long as an Internet connection exists.

How cloud storage works?

Files and data are automatically saved to the cloud backup service on a regular scheduled basis, or the information can be automatically backed up anytime changes are made to existing files– known as “cloud sync”. Some cloud backup service providers offer unlimited storage capacity and full backup solutions that or may include Operating Systems restore points in the case a PC crashes. On the other hand some providers may limit file types allowed to be archived. By default, most services will save all regular user files such as music, photos and emails, but ignore system, program and Windows files.

Advantages of Cloud Backup

Accessibility and Cost- Cloud backup ideal for organizations that cannot investment in/and
maintenance of data loss and recovery infrastructure and systems. There is far much greater efficiency and cost savings to be gained by outsourcing this service. The data stored online is accessible from any Internet-connected device or location.

Risk and Quality– Cloud backup service providers utilize state-of-the-art technology, such as
disk-based backup, compression, encryption, data duplication, server virtualization, storage
virtualization and more in their data centers. Their services offload data loss risk from the
customer to the service provider. By contractually stipulating provisions when you are signing up. In addition to the security that accompanies their certification, many providers offer 24/7 monitoring, management, and reporting. The burden of the backup infrastructure lies with the service provider.

In our second article in this continuing series of Cloud backup will focus on the flip side of the coin in cloud backup services… Expect more computer tips from us in our blog. Also, get social with us and also leave a comment for better response. Thank you!

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Why Update Your Apps?

Software is constantly evolving. If you check on your computer at any point in time some amount of your applications will need updating. For instance, the popular web browser, Mozilla Firefox is at their 27th version (that may change while this is being typed). So why does software constantly change?

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Why should you regularly update your computer apps

Why are there software updates?

There are several reasons for the updates or changes to the software. Developers are constantly finding ways to improve their software. These improvements and fixes are done through updates. There are numerous reasons for updates but essentially, their purposes are to fix existing bugs (problems and issues) in the software and improve security and compatibility. As an example, it is a good idea to make sure you have the latest version of Mirekusoft Install Monitor. You can always go to download page check for the latest version (from the application you can use Help | Check for Updates).

How Can Mirekusoft Install Monitor Help You?

Updating, however, can be a messy process and is one of the least tested aspects of software. Most testing usually focuses on new application installs. As the software is updated, over time it leave remnants of previous versions that are no longer needed. As a result, this can slow down your computer and is a potential cause of future complications to your system.

Another issue that can happen is that the newer version of the application does not fully meet your needs and or has a bug that interferes with your workflow. The only option at that point is to downgrade. Unfortunately downgrade testing for software is almost non-existent. It is common for a later version of an application to creates issues when going back to the earlier version. The reason is most software uninstallers do not fully uninstall an application. In some cases without being able to tell exactly where the issue is the only way to get back to normal would be to reinstall the system.This makes as much sense as rebuilding your house because you lost the key to one room. Here’s where Mirekusoft Install Monitor can save you a lot of time and pain. By using Install Monitor to fully remove the application you can then install an earlier version. This allows you to avoid reinstalling the operating system.

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10 steps to remove programs completely

I found this link from a Danish tech site that talks about how to use Mirekusoft Install Monitor to remove unwanted programs.

Remove programs complete – Datatid – Windows test computer

Here’s the Google Translate link:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&prev=_dd&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.altomdata.dk%2Fdatatid%2Ffjern-programmerne-komplet%2F1

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