Malware is easy to get because the people that write the malware are always finding new ways to spread it. Here are some quick tips that can help avoid at least half of the malware that can be found in the wild. 

1. Email Phishing is one of the top ways for the worst kind of malware to get onto you computer. Do not open email attachments from people or companies that you do not know. Even if you know the person or company, be skeptical about the information they are asking you. Do not click on a link in an unsolicited email.

Some common phishing scams:

The email might claim to be from IT asking to change your password. 

  • Give us a call at CO first to ensure that we really need your password.

The email might say that you have an invoice for you and ask you to download the attachment, which contains the malware.

The email might look like it is from a supervisor or principal asking for what would normally be confidential information. 

  • Contanct your supervisor or principal to ensure that they really do need the info that they asked for. 

Please report phishing scams to us so that we can block the attempt on the network side.

2. Don't download or install toolbars or questionable browser extensions. Toolbars are themselves malware because they slow down your computer and consume screen real estate. Toolbars and browser extensions have the power to change your browser experience. The power that they have can be used to send you their advertisers pages or download other malware onto your computer. 

2. Avoid websites that provide pirated material or access to the darknet. Sites and software that offer free movies, music or software are often abused by the peer-to-peer nature to turn your computer against you. Also, sites that offer illegal content have a hard time getting legal and safe advertisers.

If you already have malware on your computer, please submit a ticket so that we can help you remove the problem.