A malware, which is the short form of “malicious software“, is a type of software that is able to penetrate your computer or mobile phone and steal your data or damage your device. A malware can disguise as a mobile application, music, video or any other format once you allow it to access your device, the nightmare begins! In this article, I have provided you with some useful tips on how you can detect malware infected files and how to avoid them.
Detect malware infected files
Of course, the first and the best way to detect files which are infected with malware is through using antivirus software. A powerful and up to date antivirus is able to detect a wide range of malicious and infected files and will stop them from accessing your files on your computer. But the point here is that the malicious file must sit on the disk space for the antivirus to be able to detect it. So, if you have an antivirus, there is still the chance that your device gets infected.
On the other hand, there is always the chance that an antivirus is unable to detect a particular malware. And the point here is that you cannot install more than one antivirus at the same time on a device.
Also, many of us are negligent when it comes to updating our antivirus to its latest version and we tend to ignore the alerts. Not updating your antivirus is equivalent to keeping the door open for malware infected files.
As you might already know internet is the best place for spreading malware and virus. And of course, the most common way that hackers use to spread these files is through adding malware codes to downloadable files. The process of disguising a malicious software in a legit file ends up in creating a Trojan file. Scammers usually convince their victims to install the malware by hiding it in a Trojan file.
Now, the best thing you can do in this regard is to stop the malware before it reaches your files. To detect malware, you can use the method described below.
Use VirusTotal to detect malware
One of the best ways to detect if a file is infected with a malware is to use the VirusTotal.com website. What this website does is that it asks you to upload your file to it and then it will scan your file with ten different antivirus tools. Once this tool is done scanning your file, it will provide you with a report from different antivirus tools. You can also view some details about the permissions that this files requires.
The VirusTotal website is a reliable way to detect if a file is malware infected before downloading it. To do so, all you’ll need to do is to enter the download link of the file to this website and scan it. VirusTotal will use all its available tools to scan the file and show you the results. This way, you will no longer need to worry if a file is malware infected or not and easily detect malware.
All you need to do is to refer to the VirusTotal website on your web browser and use the File tb for uploading files or the URL tan for scanning a URL. On the next step, VirusTotal will start to gather a full results from a number of different antivirus tools. Finally, you will be able to view the results and make sure if the file is safe to download and safe to install.
There are also many other precautions you can take to keep yourself secure from malware.
Tips to stay safe from malware
- Avoid pop-ups that persuade you to download something
- If your computer is running slow, you’ll need to take time to scan your device for malware
- Never disable your firewall or antivirus
- Receiving unusual error messages and alerts needs to be taken seriously