Recently, I got an email which looks suspicious and had an attachment.

I knew it was a virus because it was obvious from the content of the email and when you open the compressed zip file, the file instead was an executable.

Once extracted, the contents of the zip file on my desktop looks like this:

Scanning with Avast! (fully updated), it didn’t detect anything:

However, luckily I had Malwarebytes installed (antispyware/malware software) and scanning with it produced this:

So I Quarantined it:

This outlines that even though I have an Antivirus (Avast!), it doesn’t mean that it guaranteed me complete protected from viruses, trojans, spyware or malware.

What I’ve found is while Antivirus software is good for viruses, it’s not that great with Spyware, Malware or Trojans (while they claim it) and it can potentially miss something (in this example, a Trojan).

So, I want to stress the importance of having an antispyware/malware program such as Malwarebytes or SuperAntiSpyware to compliment your antivirus software. Both will work together fine and will provide that extra layer of protection.

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