When it comes to problems within personal computers or servers in work places, one of the worst problems is ‘malware’. These, along with viruses make up the worst problems faced by computer users on the internet today. Let us put it this way, imagine a program that could hijack your browser and take over most of the things you are doing now. This includes redirecting search attempts on the net, replace them with nasty pop up ad, and generally make a mess of things, (Baratz, 1). Most of them are so stubborn they tend to reinstall themselves. Due to their poor programming, they can cause the computer to be unbearably slow and cause the computer to hang due to the havoc they wreak.
Most computers are infected in a variety of ways such as bundling of harmless programs into the system like ‘Kazaa’. Others are installed from websites they pretend to be the software’s needed to view the websites, be downloaded, and enter the system. Others like using the web search and install themselves using holes in Internet Explorer like a virus, and the trouble with this is that one only needs to visit the wrong website to be infected with the ‘malware’. In most cases, antivirus programs will miss some of the ‘malware’ and a virus scan needs to be carried out to take care of the problem.
The origin of ‘malware’ dates back to the first computers in the 80s. Experts in the field of information technology state that the first virus was spread as early as 1981. Others like Fred Cohen stated that the first virus was part of an experiment in research in 1983. Since then they have become a problem that plagues computer systems around the world. This issue has since gained importance as a threat to the information systems of the world as the globe delves itself deeper into the information age.
Research question and review
The question to be posed in this paper, as a result, is if the virus and ‘malware’ problem are getting out of hand. Is the field of virus and ‘malware’ creation overwhelming the department of protection from these risks? This does not mean although, that ‘malware’ is not preventable, far from it, in fact. It is just that the best way to deal with it is not to get it in the first place. It is much more stressful when it is already installed to remove the program because of its nature to resist removal.
Apparently, common sense goes a long way in the prevention of ‘malware’ in one’s machine. The more experienced users have a better chance of possessing this edge of skeptical computing. At first, maintain an attitude that if something is suspicious then it is. The second is to maintain a view of minimal expectation from the machines not allowing them to accept too much stress (Baratz, 5). One should also install anti-viruses and ‘anti-spy malware’ to help along the process. Cleaning the system registry also helps in eliminating traces of ‘malware’ that hide between cracks.
Even, though, this steps help to eradicate the viruses and ‘malware’, it is still quite clear that they are playing a defensive role at best. The problem has gotten so bad as of the present and the fault of the programmers wholly. They just cannot seem to maintain pace when it comes to protection of software. The standard of viruses on the current scale is quite sophisticated and hard to eliminate.
They are quite stubborn, and resist attempts by antivirus programs in eliminating their presence within computer systems. The other issue is that many people are still not adept at using the computer and thus become easy prey. This is because the virus and ‘malware’ programs are quite sophisticated and hide before enticing adverts and blogs that most people would take not notice of while browsing. The creators engineered them to play on human psychology; thus, it would take a keen eye to identify a suspicious program. At this rate, they have a large advantage because adept users cannot be spread to every computer in the globe.
Thus, there will be some losses such that some computer systems will fall prey to ‘‘malware’’. At the same time, playing at a defensive angle will pay off for so long and finally ‘malware’ will find a way to install itself into the machine. At the current rate, there will probably be development of ‘malware’ software immune to all antivirus and methods of removal. This might not come soon as experts are also working very hard to develop antivirus software every day.
Though, most would like to admit the truth, this is a war between the softwares. Only the most sophisticated, and the one that is far reaching will succeed and from this perspective, it would seem that virus and ‘malware’ software is slowly winning the fight. This comes to an agreement with the hypothesis. ‘malware’ is far reaching because it is readily accessed from the internet free of charge while anti-viruses are put up for sale to customers that know what they are doing. Even in that case, they might not be effective enough if the virus is already in the system as it would be hassle to clean the computer completely. Thus, I would say it is time for the anti-virus campaign to get on the offensive.
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