What is Malware?
Malware is computer programs that are designed to cause damage to a computer or the information stored within. There are many different types of malware, including worms, viruses, and Trojan horses.
How Does Malware Spread?
Malware is typically spread through social engineering. Social engineering is when someone distributes malware using a deceptive technique that draws the victim into doing what they want. For example, in order to get a user's password, the malware would send another email that appears to be from an actual person and request it as this person's password.
Malware can also spread through web sites that are infected with it or by sharing files via email, USB flash drives, cloud storage services, or peer-to-peer networks.
How Does Extended Clipper Malware Work?
Extended Clipper malware is a type of Trojan horse that places itself in the lower, "hidden" part of the system's memory. This means that it can't be seen on the computer's normal operating system and only infects those programs that are running in an area called kernel space.
This is unlike many other types of malware where they can be run by any program. Extended Clipper must have some sort of interaction with another program in order to work properly.
When a user attempts to run a movie with the malware, it will cause the computer system to fail and reboot. It does this by patching kernel memory, but doesn't actually change anything within kernel space. When the system reboots itself, it resets some of these patches and uses them to set up Windows again. The malware is then able to run as it did prior to the reboot.
This process is repeated each time the movie is played on an infected computer. The more times that a movie is played, the more times that it will cause the computer to reboot. Eventually, this can cause irreparable damage to the infected computer's hardware and make it inoperable.
How to Remove Extended Clipper Malware
There are a few different ways of removing Extended Clipper. The first way is to use the command prompt to run the Windows Repair Feature. This feature completely removes the infected patches from kernel memory and removes all traces of it from within your operating system.
Extended Clipper can also be removed by running an antivirus scan against your computer. If you're unsure if you have Extended Clipper or not, try downloading a program that will scan your computer for malicious files that would make up Extended Clipper and remove them for you.
How to Protect My Computer From Malware
Extended Clipper is a Trojan horse malware, which means it is installed on your computer without the user's knowledge. This type of malware can be very hard to find because it resides in some of the parts of the system that you cannot see.
Below are listed some ways on how to protect yourself from Extended Clipper and other forms of malware:
Don't respond to emails from strangers by clicking links, opening attachments, or following their suggested downloads. If you must download something for work purposes but suspect that an email is suspicious in nature and may have malware, try downloading it with multiple anti-virus programs or looking up reviews on other websites before proceeding with downloading anything. Keep your antivirus up-to-date so you always have the latest protection from malware. Always be aware when you're online and what programs you are running, especially if you are using torrents or peer-to-peer file sharing networks. If you've been infected, make sure to completely clean your computer including the operating system, registry, and files.