As internet users, we are continually bombarded with request to install *free* applications, web browsers or things that will speed up our computer. All promising to deliver an enhanced user experience.
Some of these applications are legitimate and do enhance our computing experience. However, a majority are malicious and while offering some functionality, also have a malicious intent and install second and third party components.
The second and third party components are what we call backdoors and are often then used to download malware that results in a range of un-intended consequences for you and other users of JCU’s computer systems.
Most application installations are like “whack-a-mole” where users are on auto-pilot and click ‘Next’, ‘Next’ ‘Next’.
Impatience is our undoing and we are often not alert to the installation of the other components.
So here is some advice to assist you keeping a clean machine:
- If you didn’t go looking for the application, don’t install it.
- If you installed and application, make sure you update it.
- If you no longer need an application, uninstall it.