The malicious payload can be detrimental. Once installed, the Suspicious.Emit is capable of performing the following tasks:
- Propagate to other computers -- Suspicious.Emit will infect files from your computer. Consequently, if those files are transferred to other PCs, those machines can also become infected with the malware.
- Steal your sensitive data -- The malware can capture your information and can delete important system files.
- Contacts remote hosts -- Suspcious.Emit can send information about your infected computer and can create a network of other infected computers to coordinate a much greater attack.
Suspicious.Emit is a severe malware that can cause damage to your computer in a variety of ways. Once installed, it can make lasting modifications to your computer’s security settings and can be difficult to remove. Perform the following steps to help prevent your computer from becoming infected with this malware:
1. Use an Antivirus Software
The most fundamental step is installing an antivirus application. Most antivirus software can detect and prevent infections to your computer. You can use free antivirus software such as Microsoft Security Essentials, or premium applications such as Bitdefender Internet Security Suite.
Once you install the antivirus software on your PC, you must update the application with the latest signature files. Configure your antivirus software to routinely check for updates. If your antivirus software does not contain the latest signature files, it will be rendered useless against the most current malware threats.
2. Be Careful When Opening Attachments
Suspicious.Emit can spread in a form of an email attachment. Use extreme caution when handling emails and attachments you receive from unknown sources. You may also receive unexpected emails from people you know that may contain infected attachments. Always delete emails that may potentially harm your computer.
3. Click With Care
In addition to infected attachments, emails may contain links to malicious websites. Phishing is the practice of sending spam email to users with the intention of tricking them into revealing sensitive information or clicking on a link. In this case, you would receive an email enticing you to click on a link that will direct you to an infected website. If you happen to click on these links, you may land on a site that harvests malware such as Suspicious.Emit. If you’re unfamiliar with a link or suspicious of the link destination, do not click it.
4. Enable Your Firewall
While antivirus software helps protect your computer against unwanted programs, a firewall can prevent an attacker from gaining access to your system. Firewalls monitor the network and are capable of blocking suspicious traffic. You can use a third-party firewall product such as ZoneAlarm, or you can enable the Microsoft Windows Internet Connection Firewall.
5. Keep Current with Operating System Updates
Important system updates provide significant benefits such as improved security. Just as with any antivirus software, not keeping up with operating system updates will make your PC vulnerable to the latest malware threats. In order to prevent threats such as Suspicious.Emit, ensure you use the Automatic Updates feature in Windows and have your computer automatically download Microsoft security updates.
By following these steps, you significantly decrease your chances on becoming infected with Suspicious.Emit. In addition, these steps will also protect you from other high risk threats.