Viruses | Royal Bank of Scotland

Stop your computer becoming infected

To install viruses or similar intrusive software on your system, fraudsters will typically try to trick you into following a link from an email to a malicious web site, or you may visit a bona fide web site that has been compromised where vulnerabilities in your web browser could be exploited to install the virus.

To attract your interest and disarm any suspicions you may normally have towards unsolicited emails, these emails may appear to contain a seemingly harmless subject such as a joke or greetings card.

By following the link, you may allow your computer or system to be infected with a destructive virus or similar software that could:

• corrupt or incapacitate your computer
• read the keystrokes on your computer to identify passwords you use
• monitor other activity and report back to the fraudster
• redirect your attempt to visit a genuine internet site to a scam site set up by a fraudster – known as ‘pharming’

Install and maintain anti-virus software

Good anti-virus software protects your computer and personal information. It's designed to detect and remove any computer viruses, Trojans and spyware that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge or permission. These invaders can infect your computer and affect your online security.

Your anti-virus software should be regularly updated to keep the latest known threats at bay, and this is only possible if you keep your anti-virus software up to date. Get Safe Online provides advice about how to choose anti virus software.

Safeguard your business by downloading our free Rapport security software to add additional protection to your antivirus and firewall protection. 

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