You might have heard about phishing, identity theft, and scams. You could have been a victim of them even. But do you know that you might just be one of those people who are promoting these online crimes without your knowledge? This is a sad fact. But it is really happening.
And unscrupulous individuals do it with botnets. Botnets are programs that penetrate your computer with one purpose alone – and that is to steal yours and somebody else’s personal information to support their illicit acts. If your computer is infected with a botnet, then you technically become a supporter of the very wide network of criminal activities. Another way that you are making things easier for online criminals is the possibility that spam and phishing mails could have originated from your own PC.
Botnets, being intelligent programs, have the ability to sign-in to your email account using your own username and password that were conveniently stored in your computer.
Then it proceeds to send out hundreds, usually thousands, of emails to all the people appearing in your address book. It could even have its own database of email addresses to send the spam mail to. And all of these can happen without your knowledge.
Botnets are malware. They are considered as programs that virtually have no beneficial use whatsoever for innocent individuals. And as such, they need to be immediately removed from your computer. For as long as they reside in your computer’s memory, they would keep on sending out phishing emails to unsuspecting people. And your contribution in the criminal act can get immense.
You need to remove botnets to save your own personal information from being stolen, to say the least. The removal of botnets can be done through the use of strong anti-virus software that is equipped with botnet detection. Botnets are very destructive. And as such, an added layer of protection has to be placed in all computers that have access to the Internet.
Right now, there are a lot of security-based programs that are created to fight off botnets. Symantec Corporation, the maker of Norton AntiVirus, leads them all. With their software, Symantec currently offers real-time botnet detection and removal to all consumers out there.
You don’t want to be implicated, or worse, be an accessory to online crime. It is your responsibility as a regular computer and Internet user to make sure that your hardware and software are malware, spyware, and botnet free. Stop the propagation of spam mails. Make sure that these mails don’t start from you.