Even careful PC users can fall prey to the sticky fingers of evil malware. Loading an innocent looking file from a USB stick, clicking the wrong link in search results, cancelling a suspect alert box – all these actions could mark the beginning of a malware infection.
And let’s not be coy – if your internet activities include downloading torrents or using pirated software, you’re even more likely to fall prey to worms, spyware and trojans.
In some ways, discovering that your computer is virally infected is worse than realising that it’s been compromised mechanically. [...]