Best steps to take if you have been hacked or infected with malware

Cybercriminals and hackers are always looking for unaware victims to infect. It is possible that your computer has been breached by a hacker or a cybercrime gang. In this article we will take a look on which steps you need to take if you have been hacked or infected with malware.

It is important to keep in mind that on each moment your computer could be compromised by a malicious application or user. Computers use codes to operate and there has been a study on how much errors there are crafted in each line of code. To keep it short, in each 1000 lines of codes you will find at least 0.02 codes which have been crafted in a vulnerable way. It is this vulnerability which is often exploited by hackers and cybercriminals. These types of errors can be found in your Adobe applications or your Microsoft Office products.

So let’s take a look at which steps you should take if you think that you have been hacked.

Get off the internet

Cybercriminals and hackers often use remote access Trojans to gain personal information, financial information and classified information from their infected targets. The best thing you should do is to cut your device from the internet.

Disconnect the device from:

  • Your WiFi network
  • Your LAN network
  • Your remote storage devices (USB sticks, remote hard disks)

The big reason behind the disconnection from the internet is the fact that the cybercriminals and hackers will need an connection to the infected device to update the malicious code with commands.