So, the first image that probably comes to mind when you hear the term worm, and in our case computer worm, is a squirmy invertebrate that you found on a sidewalk after a rainstorm or as a kid, you played in the dirt with or if you are into fishing (not phishing) you might have used them as bait. This is not the kind of worm we are talking about. Computer worms are nasty little creators created to do evil things.
Computer worms are another form of malware (malicious software) that infects our devices like viruses, trojans, and spyware. Part of their mission may be to do exactly what those other types of malware do. But there is one specific characteristic that computer worms have that the others don’t, and that is the ability to self-replicate and send copies of themselves to other devices. Many cyber experts consider worms to be a subspecies of viruses. but unlike viruses, they can travel from device to device and across networks without any human action.
So how do computer worms work?
Computer worms are designed to exploit known
Once a worm is on your device, it can corrupt files, steal private information, modify system settings to make your device unusable or even install backdoors. Backdoors give cybercriminals access to your device, making it even more vulnerable.
How do you know if a computer worm is on your device?
As with all malware, ultimately having a quality antivirus /
Paying attention to how your devices are behaving is a key strategy to recognizing the possibility you have a worm.
- Monitor the storage space on your device. Since worms replicate, they can start consuming free space on your device.
- Monitor your performance. Worms can consume processing power, so if your device is feeling sluggish, it could be a worm.
- Keep an eye out for missing files or even new files on your device. One of the more common behaviors of worms is to delete or replace files on the devices they infect.
If you fear that your machine is infected, immediately run a
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