Tech Tip: Escaping a Malware Trap

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If you find the malware is interfering with your ability to use those system management tools, shut down the whole computer (holding down the power button often works), but disable your internet connection before you restart the computer. You can do this by temporarily turning off your wireless router or unplugging your Ethernet cable. When you start up your system again without an internet connection, the browser should not be able to reload the malicious page.

Now, close the offending tabs and adjust your browser’s settings so the program does not reopen the same pages when you start it again. When you have done that, restore your internet connection. As a general precaution after the encounter, scan your computer with your system’s antivirus program. Some poisoned sites can download malicious software before you realize it, so an up-to-date security solution is essential for modern web browsing.

 

December 29, 2017

Sources:` New York Times

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