13 February 2010

Tips To Avoid EXE Errors Caused By Malware

Of all the problems that cause damage to computer users across the world, malware is at the top of the most harmful list. Every year the economy is losing billions of dollars to all kinds of malware attacks. These include various types of viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and adware. Sometimes, you are not even aware that there is some kind of malicious software hiding on your PC and causing damage to it. This is especially true of spyware, which are experts in entering your system without your consent and secretly causing problems such as stealing information, sabotaging your browsing activity and so on.

Often when you have malware on your computer, you might start getting recurring errors that should warn you that there is something seriously wrong. One of the warning signs is EXE errors that originate from these malware residing on your computer. Listed below are a few important tips for preventing and fixing exe file errors that are caused by malware.

EXE files are used by your applications and other software to run codes that perform various tasks. The fact that exe files are present in great number on any computer and that applications depend on them to carry out different functions is exploited by the malware programmers. Writers of malicious programs, such as virus, spyware, and adware, deliberately name their files similar or identical to various legitimate processes, such as alg.exe, wscntfy.exe or smsss.exe. These are all safe files, however, viruses or Trojan horses are known to place infected versions of the same files on your computer. This could cause
wscntfy.exe problems or create a smss.exe virus file. The infected files adversely affect the performance of your PC and you also may notice an increase in exe errors.

Listed below are pointers that you can follow to determine if your PC is infected with malicious files and to secure your machine from such harmful programs.

Update your antivirus and antispyware software with the latest virus definitions and security updates and then run a full system scan. If the scan reports any infected files, then take due action to get rid of them. Also, to prevent future infections, select a security tool which provides you with real-time protection and schedule regular full system scans and virus definition updates to ensure your computer remains safe and protected from the latest malware.
Malware programs, such as viruses, spyware, and adware deliberately fill the system registry with innumerable unwanted and harmful entries. To ensure complete removal of malware programs from your PC, perform a deep scan of the system registry using an advanced registry cleaning tool to weed out harmful entries.

Additionally, you can incorporate good Web surfing habits to prevent malicious programs from infiltrating your computer. Examples of a few such practices are listed below.

Do not open attachments that come with unsolicited e-mails.
Only download from Web sites that you trust. Do not download stuff from Web sites with a dubious reputation.
Be careful while downloading free software and applications from the Web. Read the instructions carefully and try downloading only those files which you understand and require. Often these free programs are laced with malicious programs.
Refrain from using file to file sharing applications to download music, videos and other media files.

Malware programs have the ability to create havoc on your system; however, you can maintain a secure and stable computer by following the pointers listed in this article.

AbhiShek SinGh
Founder of 'TheHackingArticles'. Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Researcher, and Software Engineer. Follow 'AbhiShek SinGh' on Facebook , Twitter or Google+ or via Email

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