By Greg Luther, Computer Shoppe
Malware is malicious software that can infect and cause havoc with your computer, possible making it unusable. Oftentimes, your computer can get infected by visiting certain websites or opening emails with infected attachments. Many malware programs don't show obvious signs of an infection because they may not want you to know they are on your computer. Some are designed to keep track of what you type on your computer while others will show obvious signs of an infection like redirecting your browser to a different location than what you typed into the browser.
Although antivirus software does provide some protection; it is not a complete solution to preventing malware. Adding programs like Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware is a good start, but you also need to protect your browser because many infections can start by visiting a site infected with malware.
So, adding additional protection to your browser can help protect against websites that try to infect your computer. Depending on the browser you use (the top browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer), you can search for add-ons for your browser to help prevent problems before they start.