Malware is software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. Malware does the damage after it is implanted or introduced in some way into a target's computer and can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. The code is described as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, and scareware, among other terms. Malware has a malicious intent, acting against the interest of the computer user and so does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency, which is typically described as a software bug.
One strategy for protecting against malware is to prevent the malware software from gaining access to the target computer. For this reason, antivirus software, firewalls and other strategies are used to help protect against the introduction of malware, in addition to checking for the presence of malware and malicious activity and recovering from attacks. The key for users is to ensure all software and operating systems are kept fully up to date and backups are kept up-to date.
Digitpol’s Cyber Crime Investigation experts investigate malware and have developed skill-sets to remove malware and to recover lost or encrypted data.
Digitpol’s computer forensics experts investigate, analyse and recover forensic data from computers, portable devices and hard disk drives.
We specialise in recovery of data from mobile and portable devices. Portable devices are proven to be valuable sources of information in the majority of investigations.
Cloud data sources represent a virtual goldmine of potential evidence for forensic investigators. Together with mobile device data, they often capture the details and critical connections investigators need to solve crimes. However, access remains a challenge.