Protection vs Cleaning

Protection vs Cleaning


Why do I need to run real-time
protection on my computer when I can always clean it afterwards using a removal tool. We don’t mean to scare you but malware is dangerous. Not only can it
permanently destroy your personal and work-related files, it can also track your activities and sell your data regardless of whether the malware is later removed
or not; and by the way, malware removal is not a walk in the park. It can cost you tons
of money and time, not to mention that there is no guarantee that it will always work.
This is Leo from Emsisoft and in this video I will show you why it is always
better to be safe than sorry. Let’s say you are browsing the web looking for a media player and you come across a website like this one. It says “Coolplayerpremium” so you think
that’s what you want and it also says it has the latest version of VLC media
player so you go ahead and click the download link expecting to get your
legit player without anything else and it says pretty clearly here: “click here to
start downloading” so you follow the instructions but whoops, it turns out this was
actually a Potentially Unwanted Program which was just going to show a ton of ads, install applications you didn’t really need, maybe modify registry
keys, spy on your data, all kinds of stuff but fortunately this machine is running
Emsisoft Anti-Malware real-time protection so the file was caught before it was
executed and now it is not going to be able to run on this system and
everything is as good as new and we were protected. Now let’s see what happens
when we do the same thing on an unprotected system, that is a system that
does not have any real time protection. So we’re going to do the same steps that
is: Try to download this file It executes successfully as you would
expect, and as you can see, it does not install any legitimate software. What it
does is it simply runs in the background and probably tries to download adware or
spy on your data. So now, it’s trying to load some kind of adware program or
something we didn’t really want. We actually clicked on “download VLC media
player” but as you can see this is not VLC media player, this is some other
media player or some other software that has paid them some
amount of money to fool people into installing this on their system. As bad
as it may seem and adware or spyware is probably the least of your worries if
you’re running an unprotected system. You could easily run into a malware that causes your computer to reboot several times like this one, or one that prevents windows from
loading at all or better yet a ransomware that locks up your screen and demands
payment to unlock your files. Not only can some malware hide from removal tools,
some can even prevent removal tools from launching in the first place, so
protection is always a better option. So how easy is malware removal? Well,
detection precedes removal, so how would you know that a malware is running
on your system? In fact, the funny thing is you wouldn’t
even know. If you don’t have protection and you’ve been using your system
without doing any scans, there is a very high possibility that there’s already
malware running on your system and you don’t even know it. For instance: let’s take a look at this
system over here. Now, a regular user would not be able to tell whether or not the system is infected. In fact,
you could use the system ie. you could browse the internet, you could access your files and you wouldn’t know that there is something wrong with it. But, we do
have some sneaky malware running in the background including a worm that is
going to be damaging your files and causing permanent loss of data. So how
easy is it to remove malware once you know it’s there? We’re going to
demonstrate that using a very popular tool called Hitman Pro. We’re going to go ahead
and do a full scan of the system and let’s wait and see what it can find. Keep
in mind removal can cost you a lot of money as
well. For instance, even Hitman Pro is a paid tool. You can use the trial for the
first 30 days but after that if you still want to remove malware, you have to buy a
license, not to mention if you’re not doing the removal yourself and you’re
relying on technical support or you’re sending your computer somewhere to be
fixed, they’re going to charge you much much more. Hitman Pro has found these threats so
let’s go ahead and remove all of these and let’s see if that gets rid of all the
malware there is, on this system We’re going to reboot as instructed. So now that our removal tool has finished its
cleaning process you would think that this computer is totally free of malware
but let’s verify. We have Emsisoft Emergency Kit sitting on our desktop,
so I’m going to go ahead and do a scan with that and see if that tells the same
story. As you can clearly see, the malware scan from Emsisoft has revealed three pieces of malware that are still on this system. There are a couple of registry keys that were
modified by malware and there is a backdoor file still present on this
computer. So the point to make here is that no removal tool is perfect and
removal is not a definitive process where you just go in, you remove your files or
malware and you can be 100% sure that the malware is gone. You can’t.
Sometimes it may take two tools, three tools four tools, five. You don’t know how many and
you still cannot say whether or not a system is totally clean. There are always
some traces that are going to stay behind and it’s never going to be as good as a
protected system. I hope this video helped you realize the
importance of protection on your system. If you liked it, share with your friends
and family as well and be sure to check out our products at emsisoft.com and
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